Sat.May 24, 2014 - Fri.May 30, 2014

3 Things My Kids LOVE About Their SMART Table


SMART Table 442i from SMART Technologies - Collaborate P L A Y that Makes Learning F U N - Last summer, I found out about the new SMART Learning Table that SMART Technologies was coming out with. I couldn''t wait to try it out.

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Why Twitter Chats Matter

The Web20Classroom

As a co-founder of #edchat and a life-long learner I''ve had the opportunity to be a part of 100''s of Twitter chats over the past 5 years. From the beginning of #edchat when it was just a few people chatting to now state and specialized chats that get 100''s of people following, these chats matter. But why? Meeting New People -Social media is called that for a reason. Twitter chats expose you to colleagues and friends you might not otherwise engage with.


Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

What does it mean to be ‘Locked Out’ and to be paid 10% less? “Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” Michael Marchbank, public administrator for the B.C.

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What Drives You?

A Principal's Reflections

In education, I think the driving force that compels us to join the profession is the innate desire to instill a love for learning among students and to help place them on a path to success. There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing, or knowing, firsthand that you played a small part in a student’s evolution over the years. Foremost is the desire to work with kids.

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.

5 Classroom Design Themes for Elementary Make-Overs!


From "White-Room" to Classroom - Enter the G i v e - A w a y at the Bottom of this Post - Prior to entering the profession of teaching, I studied Interior Design at Michigan State University for a bit more than three years.

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Free resource from Discovery Education about Manufacturing

Educational Technology Guy

Discovery Education has a new free resource: Manufacture Your Future, which has free STEM lessons and resources for grades 6-12 related to manufacturing. This is an excellent resource. Manufacturing is a great career and there are a lot of openings in the field.

Create a Multimedia Memory Book with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As another school year comes to a close it’s time for students and teachers to celebrate and reflect on all the wonderful experiences from the school year.

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Leveled Math Practice for Pre-K - Algebra 2 and ELA Support for 2nd - 6th on the iPad and Web!


IXL: New Writing Pad Feature I recently had the pleasure of visiting my good friends from IXL while I was keynoting the awesome state technology conference in Nebraska, NETA. I stopped by their booth to say hello.

Short Videos for Memorial Day


Photo by Graham Lampa Used under a Creative Commons License For the first time I can remember, my school district will be in session on Memorial Day this year. We have to make up for a day of school lost to ice earlier in the semester.

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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.

Film & the Back Channel

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My classes are wrapping up the year reading Shakespeare''s Romeo and Juliet which includes viewing the 1968 Zeffirelli film version.

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Turning Your Classrooms from Places to Control Students to Places to Engage Them in Learning

The 21st Century Principal

“For the first time in the history of education, the teacher, the student, and the content do not need to be in the same place at the same time.” Ian Jukes, Windows on the Future How we handle the details of designing our “learning spaces” ultimately determines what happens in our classrooms.

2 Cool for School

Kathy Schrock

2 COOL 4 SCHOOL: CREATIVELY USING POWERPOINT TO #WorkWonders FOR ANIMATION I am a long-time Microsoft PowerPoint user. I have been using it to #WorkWonders since PowerPoint 2.0 for Windows 3.1 came out in 1992!

Stepping Toward Sensible, Valid Teacher Evaluations

The Innovative Educator

I was recently interviewed for BAM Radio''s Rae Pica along James Popham who wrote, “ Everything School Leaders Should Know about Assessment. ” In this show we look at formative and summative teacher evaluations and discuss what teachers can do to support more valid and effective assessments.

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.

Why General Studies Matters in a Yeshiva and Why it Needs to Rock

Saving Socrates

You would think this has already been said many times over. You''re right, I know that. I''m sure anyone who has seriously thought about it knows general studies matter. You might be of the argument its needed for students to be able to get jobs when they graduate or you might argue it''s the Torah ideal. Whatever the reasons, it''s necessary. I''m just arguing they matter more than most people realize.

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In the Hands of the Students: Document Cameras

Inquire and Inspire

In further developing 21st Century classrooms and learners , it''s vital that we move beyond using technology to enhance teacher-led instruction, but rather as tools to assist student-led discovery.

Texas Advertising for Teachers in NC: Perhaps NC Should Advertise in Texas Too

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, the Houston School District in Texas decided to take advantage of how teachers in our state are being treated by a legislature that has no interest in supporting public education. Here’s their ad: Perhaps we should run an ad in Houston, but it wouldn’t look like this one.

Connecting Around the World! Mystery Skype, Twitter & Google Hangouts!


Connecting around the world! It''s time to change the way we teach! Using Mystery Skype, Twitter, and Google Hangouts are great ways this can be done! We need to allow our students to really collaborate. Not only with each other, but with others outside of your classroom walls.

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.

Why innovative educators should look down upon "Look Up"

The Innovative Educator

If you know and love the power of social media, then someone who doesn't get it may have sent you the "Look Up" video below. Video creator Gary Turk is a privileged white guy who features his privileged circle of buddies using the social media platform YouTube to whine that social media is making them feel lonely. Boohoo Gary and friends. Could it be you just picked the wrong friends?

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In the flow

Learning with 'e's

This is number 6 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Craik and Lockhart on Levels of Processing theory.

NC State Senate at It Again: Continuing Their Dismantling of Public Education

The 21st Century Principal

One thing is for certain, when our current North Carolina Legislature is in session, they are looking for ways to cut public education. Yesterday, it became apparent that our North Carolina State Senate has decided that they want to give teachers big pay raises, but on two conditions: 1) Teachers must give up their tenure voluntarily. 2) Teachers in the lower grades must give up having teacher assistants in their classrooms.

Mathematics and the importance of Long Range Planning (part 1 of 2)

Inquire and Inspire

I have had the opportunity a few times now to plan mathematics with a number of different schools in my school board. These opportunities were not just any "sit down and plan" type of session. A lot of thought, deep understanding, reflecting, deconstructing and processing goes on in these sessions.

EdTech at School

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

Science Interactives


TCEA has listed these Amazing Science Interactives If there''s any subject area that can benefit from powerful Web 2.0 tools and interactives, it''s science. These hands-on resources can help your students better understand a complex topic or extend their learning. If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel shows students the true size of our solar system. Scrolling (forever) gives us a taste of the vastness of space in this accurate portrait.

Experiential learning

Learning with 'e's

This is number 7 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory.

W. James Popham's Sarcastic Shot at Teacher Evaluation Reform

The 21st Century Principal

I don’t usually post a video on its own my my blog, but W. James Popham’s irreverent look at the teacher evaluation reforms going in the United States simply speaks for itself. His mock info-mercial here is almost believable in the climate of Race to the Top and the NCLB waivers.

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Canva- a great resource for flyers, strategy cards or other therapy visuals!


A number of great webtools have become defunct in recent months (bye, xtranormal, and see ya, Kerpoof, sniff sniff), so it''s great to see that useful websites are still being developed. Canva premiered in the past year as a tool to make design accessible to everyone.

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.