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If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


A Chromebook of Course! - a review of the Acer and Samsung Chromebook - Imagine being able to open up a world beyond your classroom walls without breaking the bank. I''ve been wanting to get my hands on a Chromebook ever since I did a presentation up north with my friend John Sowash.

Connecting the People on the Scene of an Emergency at Your School

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Erik Endress. In the days following December 14th, 2012 school administrators, educators, law enforcement personnel and parents have undertaken the most comprehensive look at school safety since the Columbine massacre of 1999.

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To Blog or Not To Blog Is No Longer a Question: Part 2


From BadAss to Batty. Activist teachers lose progressive focus.

The Innovative Educator

You may have heard of the Badass Teachers group. Back in June they started a recruiting campaign and used questionable practices to put 25,000 members in their group very quickly. The group had promising beginnings.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Next Generation Science Standards By @MasteryConnect


Put Science Standards in Your Pocket With Next Generation Science Standards! If you''re like the 700K+ people who already have the MasteryConnect FREE app, then you already know how amazing it is. However, you will be most impressed with the fantastic upgrade they just rolled out.

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Tellagami is Super Cool!

The Playground Advocate

My colleague Kris Gordon introduced me to an amazing app the other day, and I haven''t stopped thinking about its classroom applications since.

10 Innovative Ideas To Provide Time for Professional Development and Collaborative Learning

The Innovative Educator

Finding time for teachers to meet and learn together is often very difficult, but a resourceful school team can utilize creative ideas that have worked well in other schools. It is important to put these structures in place early in the year.

Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Part 3 of Our Series About PLNs


By CUE guest blogger Jo-Ann Fox Twitter has become a powerful place for educators to collaborate and to build a strong Personal Learning Network (PLN). Social media has redefined how teachers connect and collaborate with each other. At one time collaboration meant meeting with your grade level teams once a month within your own school. […]. The post Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Part 3 of Our Series About PLNs appeared first on OnCUE.

Digital and Media Literacy: How Can It Support 21st Century Learning?

The 21st Century Principal

How can teachers use digital and media to support academic achievement in all subjects and content areas? The answer to that question is essentially what Renee Hobbs tackles in her book Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Culture and Classroom. Hobbs begins answering the question of supporting academic achievement with digital and media by outlining the rationale for engaging these two in 21st century instruction.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Develop Descriptive Schema with Trading Cards


ReadWriteThink, a longtime online presence developed with the participation of the International Reading Association, has amassed an impressive amount of interactives (flash-based, so not accessible on iPad) that can be used to build language skills.

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Find more time to educate innovatively with this junkmail elimination tool

The Innovative Educator

I get more than a dozen requests every week from folks who want me to post about their great new product that will revolutionize education at no cost.

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Learners as producers

Learning with 'e's

For the longest time teachers and lecturers have held the monopoly on the production of academic content. They create lesson plans, produce resources, devise marking schemes and search around for activities and games they can repurpose to use in teaching sessions.

Evernote 5: New Windows Desktop Evernote Adds More Features

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote, version 5, now has a sleeker interface for the Windows desktop version. The navigation panes to the left are similar enough to the previous versions.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Be a EdTech SuperHero- Easy Tech Tools Educators Should Try This School Year


My kids absolutely love super heroes. Well, what boys don''t. Even though I can''t physically fly, jump through buildings, or stretch myself to the back of my car to grab one my boys while driving, I still like to consider myself a superhero when it comes to using technology.

Learning to Lego

My Paperless Classroom

So many things about my new job are amazing, I could write a series of posts called "Hate me, I found the best job."

Digital assignments: How shall we grade them?

Learning with 'e's

A couple of years ago, I took the decision to encourage students to submit their assignments in forms other than the traditional, paper based essay. It was about time. Should we persist in assessing students in modes of communication they may never use in the real world?

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The hottest posts everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews How strong is your personal learning network? Take this quiz. Aug 11, 2013, 2359 5 Best Practices to Consider When Using Facebook w.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Story Starter Generator

Comfortably 2.0

Having a hard time coming up with new writing prompts for your classes? Tired of the same ones year after year? Give the Scholastic Story Starters Adventure Generator a try. What I like about using this generator is that it works great with your interactive whiteboard and the prompts are broken specifically by grade levels (K-1, 2, 3 and 4-6). Have your students come up and pick from one of


How will students’ mobile device be used for learning?

Education with Technology

How will the students’ mobile device primarily be used? What other ways can teachers have students use mobile devices to engage in learning? to introduce the learning goal to the students before the teacher does in class such as in a flipped classroom. to introduce the learning goal during the class presentation. to present alternative ways of learning the learning goal. to practice the learning goal after a presentation (drill and practice).

New wine, new wineskins

Learning with 'e's

". no man putteth new wine into old wineskins; else the new wine will burst the wineskins, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new wineskins; and both are preserved. " (Luke 5:37-38) The above passage relates to Jesus Christ and his teaching to his disciples.

Ways to Receive Shared Google Drive Files

Hansen's Link to Tech

There are three common ways you can view a Google Drive (Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet, or other) that is shared with you. These are not the only ways to be notified but the most common.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Let them be CREATORS!

Comfortably 2.0

"The desire to create is create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." Dieter F. Uchtdorf One of my goals as an Integration Specialist is to get teachers to see the value in letting students CREATE with the tech tools that we are integrating into their curriculum. Too often I see educators using devices to CONSUME information. I believe there is a time and place for

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Save your favorite tweets to a Google Doc with #IFTTT

Kairos EdTech

Hey everybody, I just wanted to share this recipe I created to save all your favorite tweets to a Google Doc. It''s helped me because I mainly use the favorite tool on Twitter as a quick way to save resources for future reference. Let''s say somebody shared a new tool that''s worked very well for them, instead of clicking on it and saving it to my bookmarks or curating tool, I just favorite and I know it goes to my Google Drive. You can do it with +IFTTT. Google Drive ifttt Twitter

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Standing alone

Learning with 'e's

While driving through the forests of Northern Romania several years ago, I came across a large swathe of trees that had died. I asked my guide what the problem was, and was told it was the result of acid rain.

"Conference 2.0" Sponsorship Opportunities - STEMxCon, Reform Symposium, Library 2.013, GlobalEdCon, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Running free, worldwide, virtual events for education is a TON of fun, no question about it. I think that the " Conference 2.0 " model--accepting almost all proposal submissions then letting the audience decide which sessions to attend--is possibly more historic than we realize. Holding virtual conferences that focus on peer- and practioner-driven sessions opens the door to educators and others being "creators" and not just "consumers" at such events.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.