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App Smashing in Math

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Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar. After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home. Surely that doesn’t mean I need to do more math…My students like math and they are enjoying working in our math journals that I’ve written about here. We were working in our Geoboard app today making shapes.

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5 Apps to Share Class Work!


My Terrific Three Apps for the Elementary Classroom As a working parent, sometimes it is difficult to sign up for volunteer dates. So, when I have the chance to see what''s happening inside the class or on field trips, I treasure those moments. As a teacher, I''ve found that the more I share with parents, the less they tend to question.

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How to Know What Students Think: Surveys and Conversations

The Journal

Students have definite opinions about what they want from education and from technology in education. In this week's blog post we review two recent surveys of students and discuss their "requests" to include more mobile technology and more coding instruction in their lessons

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One Day That Changed Everything

A Principal's Reflections

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo. The end goal was to make sure standardized test scores increased (or at least didn’t go down) and traditions were preserved. On the inside everything was great. Students and staff seemed happy while the community was supportive of our efforts.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

ThingLink + Google Drive - A Webinar

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways!

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Extensions, Add-Ons and Apps, Oh My! How to Utilize Google in Your Classroom


Google Apps for Education has totally transformed the way we teach and communicate inside and outside of the classroom. Through tools like Google Drive , Google Hangouts , Google Earth and Blogger , we can create authentic learning experiences for our students more than ever by promoting collaboration and helping them access their work anywhere and anytime. Curious to learn more about how to better use Google in your classroom? Come to the official EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit on Oct.

Learning in Minecraft with John Miller

My Paperless Classroom

Learning in Minecraft with John Miller At my school site we bought MinecraftEDU and I am excited to get started with it. But this leaves me with an important question, what should we do with Minecraft? To help me with this question, Wokka sat down with John Miller, a teacher in King City who is doing amazing things in Minecraft with his history class. In this video, John thoughtfully discusses how he uses this virtual learning space to support engaged learning. Programming

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Meet ThingLink Expert Educator Sue Fitzgerald

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Research Toolkit, by Sue Fitzgerald It''s Connected Educator month and today at ThingLink we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald. Sue is a connected educator who is also a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. Meet Sue’s Fitzgerald''s Digital Self and learn more about her on the ThingLink Blog

Mixing Pencil & Paper with Google Docs.

Class Tech Integrate

I was able to visit Dustin Curtis's 5th grade classroom last week at Bayyari Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas. When I walked in I noticed that students had their Chromebooks open, and a word problem was displayed for them in a Google Doc. The students were working diligently on a paper with a pen to complete the problem that was posed for them. After completing their task on paper, the students simply clicked on the insert tab to add a picture, and took a snapshot of their work.

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.

Bored? Explore it!

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Michelle Loucas No one enjoys boredom. It is an uncomfortable state, leaving one to cast about for relief. If you Google "boredom" and "school," you will find numerous entries about the boredom "epidemic" in our schools and oodles of "boredom-busting strategies" to eradicate this outbreak.

Become an Innovative Educator!


Written by CUE Professional Learning Specialist Juli Kimbley @julikimbley Fresno Pacific University’s Center for Professional Development has partnered with CUE to provide participants the opportunity to complete 18 online units of engaging and interactive instruction to get an Innovative Educator Certificate. There are various CUE professional learning workshops that are led by highly qualified Lead […]. The post Become an Innovative Educator! appeared first on OnCUE.

Take the Risk, Take the Extra Step: Advice for School Leaders

Robert Furman. Principal. South Park Elementary, Pennsylvania. Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. While Robert first discovered edWeb as a webinar presenter, he quickly realized the site’s potential as a best-practices research platform, an affordable source of teacher PD, and an opportunity for growth-focused evaluation.

My EDU Playlist 

Cycles of Learning

Whether it be through modeling good pedagogy, bad pedagogy, or metaphorically alluding to effective pedagogy, the following five video clips inspire me to be a better teacher. Enjoy! Father Guido Sarducci''s Five Minute University 2. JJ Abraham''s: The Mystery Box 3. Mr. D on Assessment 4. David Foster Wallace: This is Water 5. Craiglist Joe Trailer

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

6 Ways To Access @YouTube Videos Even If They're Blocked at School

The Innovative Educator

It's hard to believe that one of the top tools for learning as recognized by the Center for Learning &Performance Technologies is blocked in many schools today. Fortunately, innovative educators are resilient souls. If they can't get the learning to their students, the old fashioned way, they'll find another. In this case, the tool we're talking about is YouTube.

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12 educational uses for QR codes


how QR codes work and what you can do with them. Strategies

Start Small to Grow BIG!!!

Leading with Technology

Technology is in almost every classroom I the United States, how do you implement it, where do you start? I am asked all the time, where did you start, how do you know what to do when? The best advice I can give anyone about technology is to start small. No on can do everything at one time and make it all work.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

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 Using Cell Phones to Support Student Engagement & May 6, 2012, 6421 Fear is not an option when it comes to social medi.

10 Top Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students


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Google Forms for Paperless Assessment: Anecdotal Comments for Learning Skills

Inquire and Inspire

When exploring teaching practice through a 21st century classroom lens, many questions about assessment practices arise. How can teachers use available technology to make assessment practices more efficient? How can teachers reduce the amount of pen to paper documentation and instead progress into a paperless assessment program? How can teachers streamline their documentation so that it is organized and manageable?

20 Tools for Brainstorming/Mind mapping

Technology Tidbits

Brainstorming/mind mapping has been an educational technique that has been around since the beginning of cognitive thought. This is a tool that facilitates ideas and collaborative in nature. W/ the use of web 2.0 technology this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century Technology for education. "A A mind map is a diagram used to represent words , ideas , tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Students ask for more video with their learning

IT Bill

A few years back we invested in the streaming video service – Films on Demand. The service integrates with our campus portal and the Lakeland Library to permit faculty the means of integrating educational video into their course materials. Compared with the former system of ordering individual media (VHS, DVD), this has proved to be […].

How to Disable Automatic Lists and Links in Google Docs

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I was dazzled by the Automatic Lists and Links update for Google Docs. Now not so much. So I decided to disable it, for now. Google Product Forums to the rescue ! Have fun with Google Docs! (??? ? ) @mauilibrarian2 G+ This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. Automatic Lists Google Apps for Education Google docs

Lights on Afterschool: Bringing Together Educators, Schools and Communities

Educator Innovator

We know that when the school bell rings, kids take off in all different directions. Unfortunately, more than 15 million kids are left alone and unsupervised after the school day ends.


Technology Tidbits

Bluster is a nice free iPad app for Game Based Learning that focuses on Vocabulary skills for El Ed aged kids. This is a fun multiplayer game that can be played in teams or against an appointment as students try to build vocabulary skills while focusing on such aspects as: rhyming, prefixes, synonyms, and more. There are over 800 vocabulary words to start w/ as students try to match words. I highly recommend checking out Bluster by clicking here !!! For a more detailed review check out Graphite.

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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.