Sat.Jan 18, 2014 - Fri.Jan 24, 2014

Use @BoomWriter_ to Inspire Creative Writing in Your Class!


BoomWriter: Collaborative Storytelling for Classrooms This Spring I will work with my students to create a collaborative story via BoomWriter. I am excited to go through the process since I have heard fabulous remarks about this site.

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My top Android Apps for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge Android user. I have my HTC One Smartphone and my own Nexus 7 tablet. In addition, my department uses Nexus 7 tablets for mobile access and some of our schools have Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

Why Digital Leadership? #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

If you haven’t noticed, I have been a tad bit excited over the past couple of weeks leading up to the release of my new book. This is something that I could have never dreamed of prior to social media as I felt that writing was definitely not my strong suit.

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Let's Not Lose Perspective

Tom Murray

They were floating in the water when I first saw them — the paintings of my three-year-old girl. Once a moment of pride and jubilation, now wading in the water that stretched from side to side of my home. It’s an image I’ll never forget and one of the most difficult moments of my life. A few hours earlier, I had just finished a keynote in New York, when I glanced at my phone. I had over a dozen missed calls from numbers I didn’t recognize. They turned out to be the types of calls you never want


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.

Getting Girls Interested in Computer Science


Photo by Wolfgang Lonien Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Agreement Have you heard? By the year 2020, there''s going to be one million more computer science jobs in the United States than there will be people to fill them.

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Communicating in the Information Age

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know we had quite a bit of snow last night in the Northeast. As I was outside in the bone-chilling cold shoveling piles of snow I began to reflect upon how my professional practice has changed in a few short years when it comes to snow days.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath. In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers.


ICE Wednesday Webinar - Teaching Above the Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join me and ICE as we explore Teaching Above the Line: Using the SAMR Model for Tech Integration Are you looking for ways to leverage the power of technology to maximize student learning?

Learners promoting change

Learning with 'e's

Recently I blogged two posts about Student Voices and how learners are bringing their own technology into the classroom to enhance and extend their learning experiences.

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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.

What does the Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for Schools?

My Paperless Classroom

Image from Open Media on Flickr Even though I have been down with the flu this week, I did hear the news about the supreme courts "Net Neutrality" ruling.

The PD Challenge

Comfortably 2.0

I recently blogged about how I had begun creating App Task Challenges for the teachers in our district. The challenges have been well received and I think teachers actually enjoy the process of completing the challenges and then having an idea on how to easily integrate an app into their curriculum.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - An Interactive Image

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

#mlkDay #ThingLink multimedia


Backchannels, hashtags and learning

Learning with 'e's

As a part of my BETT Show presentation, I featured some of my students on video talking about their use of technology. I wanted to capture the student voice on learning in Higher Education. One of the questions I asked my students was: ''How have you used technology to enhance your learning?''

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.

3 Steps to Being Civil on Twitter: It's OK to Block the Trolls!

The 21st Century Principal

Is there anyone like myself who sometimes feels just a twinge of guilt when blocking the latest troll that responds to your tweet? Part of me believes that in the interest of fairness I should hear what they have to say; that it''s OK for someone to disagree. But a bigger part of me wants to draw the line. Often these "trolls" as they are called do not really add anything to the discussion or conversation; they simply engage in name calling and derogatory language.

Increase Literacy with these Great Digital Reading Resources!


One of Digital Learning Day’s partners, myON , is offering unlimited access to their award-winning, enhanced digital books for PreK – Grade 8, through June 30, 2014.

The challenges and strategies for online adjuncts: Adjunctchat Jan 21, 2014

Connecting 2 the World

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the possibility of all classes going online and MOOC''s (Massive online courses)replacing the traditional classroom. A result has been a backlash in which many still believe that online learning is not as effective as face to face learning (despite the body of work that proves that online learning, if done correctly, has no significant difference to learning outcomes than face to face traditional learning.

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Bett interview

Learning with 'e's

The main arena wall is turned into a giant whiteboard at Bett 2014 While speaking at the Higher Education Summit at the BETT Show this week, one of my students who was participating in my session drew my attention to an interview with me in the conference brochure.

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.

Daisy the Dinosaur


Did you hear about the Hour of Code ? This initiative in computer science education was featured in December 2013 in many schools where students were encouraged to work on programming projects.

Restrictive social media policies don't prevent inappropriate relationships

The Innovative Educator

Last week NBC news announced that some Colorado school districts are creating tougher social media policies for staff in hopes of preventing inappropriate relationships with students. While banning staff from connecting with students is certainly the easy way out, doing so not only fails to prevent inappropriate relationships, but it also fails to prepare students for success in the 21st century.

Learning Revolution - NYC GlobalEd Meetup - FutureofEd on YouTube - CMK 14 - Goodbye Dean Fred

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update January 21st The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners.

Student voices

Learning with 'e's

My presentation at the 2014 BETT Show is a little different from my normal presentations. It features several significant contributions from my students on video and also live on stage. I can only say so much myself about what goes on in the learning environments I work within.

EdTech at School

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



30/30 is a free app that I have used in lessons specific to teaching kids about executive functioning, but it can be used with many contextual tasks (e.g.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

TL;DR. Wizard by seanmgrath. In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers.


Keep up with Twitter conversations with Conweets

The Innovative Educator

Have you ever wanted to recall what you Tweeted with someone else or have an easy way to know what two tweeps have been tweeting about to each other? Some of you may have used Bettween for this, but unfortunately, they have ceased operations. Fortunately, Conweets has jumped in to do just that! Simply sign in via Twitter, enter the handles of two users and Conweets will display conversations. Here's what that looks like. First you enter two Twitter handles.

Lustworthy Fonts Made of Win!

The Daring Librarian

Lustworthy Fonts I''ve made no secret that I have a great love for graphic design, fonts, and the FREE site PicMonkey ; which makes even the novice dabbler feel like their creations are Made of WIN!

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.

Still Space Available- PD Opportunity in Boston Area


I am happy once again to be offering the "Technology Links to Language Intervention" course starting in February. This is a hybrid course with a 6-hr face-to-face workshop in Waltham on February 6, 2014 followed by an required online component, offered for PDPs and an optional graduate credit available from Framingham State College (not for official ASHA CEUs). The online activities require about an hour weekly and run through March 14, 2014.

#make4DLDay: What’s Your Story?

Educator Innovator

We’re inviting teachers, afterschool leaders and educators everywhere to celebrate Digital Learning Day by accepting the #make4DLDay challenge , a set of digital storytelling activities that allow youth and adults to be makers for Digital Learning Day. Both the maker education and digital learning movements are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. From cardboard and clay to circuits and computers, kids can use a variety of analogue and digital tools to tell their story.

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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 NYC blazes trails to prepare students for success. Dec 29, 2013 3190 Practical examples of social media in elementary s.