Sat.Aug 18, 2012 - Fri.Aug 24, 2012

Launching Writing Workshop: 25 Free #CCSS Lessons with Anchor Charts & Printables


25 Common Core Lessons to Launch your 2nd Grade Writer''s Workshop Fall is my favorite season for several reasons. I love the smell of my pumpkin vanilla candles filling the air, the crisp nip in the air, and the anticipation of returning to school.

Reflections On Being A Blogger

The Web20Classroom

Last week on #edchat the discussion turned to blogging and the importance (or maybe not) in and out of the classroom. As always the conversation was a lively one with lots of different ideas on student blogging, administrator blogging, platforms and more.

Welcome Back! Some great resources to get your school year started

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Our district starts with teacher professional development and classroom setup this coming Thursday, K-9 start next Tuesday, and 10-12 start Wednesday. The summer has flown by!

A Science Resource for Principals

A Principal's Reflections

I am extremely excited that my second book is now available through Solution Tree entitled What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science. It was a great deal of fun co-authoring this book with Keith Devereaux , one of my Science teachers at New Milford High School.

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.

Back to School Tech Tip: Safely Text Your Class with @Remind101


Ever wish you could send out a mass text to a group? I started using remind101 when it first launched last year. I enjoy how simple and effective the site is to use.

Groups 201

More Trending

Prezi interactive presentation tool gets some new features

Educational Technology Guy

Prezi , the zooming presentation tool that makes presentations engaging and fun, has added some cool features. Prezi has added 3-D backgrounds for the presentations, which can add some great images to your presentations. Also added are Fade-In Animations like PowerPoint has to slowly reveal your content or only have it come up once you click. Great for posing questions and hiding the answer. The third new feature is screen blackout.

Tools 186

Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Docs has many useful features for helping students develop writing skills.

Tools 94

Back to School Tip: Win $ for Your Room from @MindMaple


MindMaple if offering Creative Teachers $250 from Amazon! MindMaple is an awesome sponsor of Kleinspiration, and I''m happy to tell our readers that they''re offering a great contest where the winner will receive a $250 gift card from Amazon! Their software is very easy to use.

The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

The 21st Century Principal

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? Authors Harvey Silver, R.

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.

Lifehacker App Packs for Students

Educational Technology Guy

Lifehacker is a great site with tips, information, and resources on pretty much everything, from cooking to travel to technology to education. They have a great resource called the Lifehacker Packs for Students. These are lists, with links, to great apps for students.

iPad Essentials: Annotating PDFs on your iPad


In a recent post, I discussed the essentials of using iBooks as a tool for displaying (and saving) PDFs files you possess, download or create.

iPad 83

Working out the Worksheet

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With two weeks until school is back in session and in preparing for my presentation on Edmodo for the upcoming TeachMeetNJ unconference , I''ve been reflecting on past practices and thinking about how I structure the educational process in my class. Prior to the digital revolution, I used worksheets as the hub for lessons and content. I can hear the gasps of horror right now, but let me explain.

Resource for 21st Century School Leaders Who Are Instructional Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

No one argues any more that principals must take on the role of being an instructional leader in their schools.

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.

Discovery Education's YouTube Channel - great stuff here for free

Educational Technology Guy

Discovery Education , best known for it''s Streaming video service and Science TechBooks , also has a great YouTube Channel. Discovery Education''s YouTube channel has great resources, including webinars for teachers, and many other videos. They have playlists and tags so that you can better find what you are looking for. The webinars are excellent, with many of them from Steve Dembo, on all kinds of topics including Web 2.0,

Back to School Meditation, iOS-style


Many of you have already begun your school year, I can see from my social media channels. This is a time of excitement, but also of some anxiety!

Edcamp is Coming!

Comfortably 2.0

Get ready for a great learning experience! Edcamp is coming to Central Nebraska! Maggie Mintken, Assistant Principal at Grand Island Senior High, and I had a great discussion this summer as a result of her first Edcamp experience in Omaha last spring that was organized by Josh Allen.

Five things

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in a series of blog posts entitled 'Shaping Education for the Future.' Yesterday's post can be found on this link.

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.

Google Maps now has street views of Brazil and Prehispanic Mexican Cities

Educational Technology Guy

Google maps is a great resource. I use it for navigation and looking at cool places. Many teachers also use it in their classrooms to show students different places in the world for Geography or History class. Google has added some more Street View images to Google Maps that can be used for virtual field trips. They already have some great imagery of the Amazon and Antarctic, and now they have it for Brazil and Mexico.

Google 140

Top 9 Free Web Tools to Develop Students Creativity


Top 9 Free Web Tools to Develop Students Creativity Check out this list of great web resources that foster creativity with your students

Day One of Learning 2.0 - SocialEdCon, the Virtual Unconference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is the first day of the free and virtual Learning 2.0 Conference , being held in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.

Who will survive?

Learning with 'e's

This is the first in a series of posts entitled 'Shaping Education for the Future' The dynamics of education in the 21st Century are very different from those witnessed in previous years.

EdTech at School

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

North Carolina's NCLB Waivers: Recipe for Educational Disaster

The 21st Century Principal

A veteran teacher once told me in the early days of my career as an educator, "Be careful what you wish for. When federal and state agenices do away with one policy, they almost always come up with something much worse." In my naivete, I obviously did not believe that. I still had an unwavering faith in the system, and that those who make the rules always mean well and often know more about those things than I do.

Are you a 21st Century Teacher?


As an educator we set goals for ourselves each year. Rather it be to dedicate more time to exploring different ways to provide engaging instruction to students, or just finding ways to work smarter and not harder. After surfing the web for awhile, I came across a very interesting article outlining 10 important resources any 21 century teacher should be using in their classroom. Check it out! link] Which ones are you using?

Friday - Final Day of the Learning 2.0 Conference with Sugata Mitra, Audrey Watters, Angela Maiers, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and More!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is it! The fifth and final day of our virtual (and free) Learning 2.0 Conference. Tonight we almost reached 5,000 attendee logins for the week--wahoo! And have we got a great day planned for you! Sugata Mitra tells us about students teaching themselves. Audrey Watters denounces robot learning.

The changing Web

Learning with 'e's

This is number 4 in the series of blog posts entitled 'Shaping Education for the Future.' Yesterday's post can be found at this link. The web is constantly changing.

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.