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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Coding with Kindergartners

My Paperless Classroom

Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about Kindergarteners. I was still teaching 9th grade English and I had just accepted a job teaching technology to K-5. I was excited about the challenge, and I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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Level it Books

Technology Tidbits

Level it Books is a mobile app (iOS/Android) that I''ve blogged about many times because of how useful it is for educators, parents, and librarians. This is a simple to use app that allows a user to scan a bar code (ISBN #) of a book and then have a Reading/Lexile Level generated.

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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EdTech at School

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

Deeper learning

Learning with 'e's

This is number 5 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 Jerome Bruner on scaffolding.

NC State Superintendent Responds to Anti-Public Education Budget of NC Senate

The 21st Century Principal

I n her response to the North Carolina State Senate’s budget proposal which continues the anti-public education agenda of this current state legislature, North Carolina State Superintendent, June Atkinson, pointed out these additional, hidden gems in that budget: Administrator salaries have been separated from the teacher salary schedules and no change from last years salaries. Personnel on these schedules would receive an average 2 percent pay raise.


Technology Tidbits

Flipgrid is a new site/community/app that reminds me of a more "adult" version of Voicethread. This is a nice site/community and iPad app that allows educators to record a video (asking a question) called a grid and then have students respond via their own video.

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Learning Revolution Free Events - Hack Education with Audrey Watters - Common Sense Media's Graphite - @coolcatteacher Vicki Davis

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update May 27th, 2014 The secret of education is respecting the pupil. Ralph Waldo Emerson The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions.

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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.

Activity learning

Learning with 'e's

This is number 8 in my series on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

MarsEdit Functional Blog Editor for Mac Users Looking for a Live Writer Option

The 21st Century Principal

One thing I obviously discovered immediately in my Mac conversion this weekend was my loss of Windows Live Writer, the free blogging software. I used Live Writer quite often, especially when scratching out the earliest drafts of a blog post.

Been for Education

Technology Tidbits

Been for Education is one of my favorite new Web 2.0 sites/companies that is perfect for Social Learning. This is all done through a safe educational portal that allows educators to manage/create student accounts.