Sat.Dec 15, 2012 - Fri.Dec 21, 2012

Interactive Building Block Cubes by @Sifteo for Creative Play!

Kleinspiration

Give Away: Sifteo Gaming Cubes for Interactive Play They''re like magic little blocks ~ win a set for yourself ~ scroll down! Put Sifteo Cubes in front of someone who''s never seen them before, and you''ll think somebody is reading the thesaurus. Awesome!" Serendipitous!"

Google Play books reads aloud - great for struggling readers

Educational Technology Guy

I just wrote about Evernote Clearly having text-to-speech and I just found out that Google Play Books does too. It has a read aloud function that will read books to you. It has to have an internet access at the time, but it is another resource for students who struggle to read.

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A Reflection On 2012-The Most Popular Posts

The Web20Classroom

As we close out 2012, let''s take a look back at the most popular posts here. With the release of the Apple iBooks Author many educators jumped at the chance to create their own textbooks and books for the classroom. But what if you don''t have access to it or don''t use Apple in your district?

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A School's Transformative Journey

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. Recently my school was recognized as the “ School of theMonth ” for November/December by eSchool News. The resulting article described New Milford High School’s many accomplishments pertaining to the use of educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. We are extremely proud of the current culture that now exists where technology is seen as one of many necessary tools that are pivotal to student achievement and overall success.

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.

16 Amazing File Folder Games for Science!

Kleinspiration

Grades 2-3: Science File Folder Games by Carson - Dellosa If you ask my students to name one of their favorite classroom activities, they''ll more than likely tell you about our workstations. During the last hour of our day, each student partnership rotates through a series of three stations.

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A Google Docs Template for Multimedia Research

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Google Docs Presentation is well-suited for use as a starting point for short student driven research projects because of the availability of efficient integrated research tools right on the page.

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In The Wake of Newtown: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

EdTechSandyK

Newtown has every parent, educator, law enforcement professional, politician, and anyone who cares about children and schools reeling. As part of that reaction, we should all be asking how our schools can do better.

Storyline Online brings you The Polar Express & my Writing Unit on TpT!

Kleinspiration

StorylineOnline hosts The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg read by Lou Diamond Phillips I blogged about this great site back in January, and I thought it would be a perfect time to re-introduce this free website to you again, considering they have one of my favorite holiday stories featured.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch Updated for 7 Inch Devices

Educational Technology Guy

Adobe Photoshop Touch is a great app for tablets and smartphones that I wrote about before. It has just been updated for 7 inch devices like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and iPad mini.

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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.

A Real Alternative: Degree AND Credentials Without College

The Innovative Educator

Guest pos t by Alexandria Potter Is college easy? I have heard that it is not and I can believe that. So you may be interested to know why I refer to going to college as “the easy way out." " Let's start with a Q&A.

11 Things I Think I Know About Teaching Without a Textbook

The Playground Advocate

My daughter enjoying my mom''s spaghetti Several years ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to cook. I began, as many do, by following recipes.

Ready. Set. @GoAnimate with Creative Kids!

Kleinspiration

Firstly, a big thank you to Erin for the invitation to guest post on her fantastic blog! Kleinspiration is one of my favourite ''go to'' blogs for ideas and ''inspiration''!!! It has been about two weeks since I have begun my blogging journey with the establishment of my own blog, Le@rning Out Loud.

Evernote Clearly gets Text-to-Speech - premium only

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is one of my most used apps, ever. I''ll be sharing the apps I use, and how I use them, in my new job as CIO shortly. Evernote has a very cool product called Clearly. Evernote Clearly is a browser extension for Google Chrome (other browsers will be added soon) that allows you to read online with less distractions. You simply click the extension and it hides all the distractions from blogs and articles, allowing you to read with less distractions and more easily.It

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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.

How to Make Dropping Out of School Work for You

The Innovative Educator

I have the good fortune to be able to call Deven Black a colleague and friend who has never disappointed when it comes to stretching my thinking. Deven helps me become smarter and look at things in new ways.

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Lessons from WDW #7: Social Media

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been thinking a lot about how schools can better use social media to reach out to the community, improve learning, and celebrate success. If your schools are like ours, you are just beginning to scratch the surface of social media as it pertains to your daily work.

Top Tech Sites for this Holiday Season

Kleinspiration

Top Tech Sites for this Holiday Season It’s possible to find many tech sites during the holiday season that can be used to explore apps, reviews, and games, while also allowing you to make your own presents. Other tech sites are useful for experimenting with different examples of digital design, while some are just fun ways to play around with making fun cards and messages for Christmas.

Newtown - Sandy Hook Elementary

Educational Technology Guy

Friday was a shocking day. I was at one of our elementary schools working with a principal on some technology ideas when we started to get the news about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, just 15 miles north of us. We were shocked and saddened even without knowing any details. Staff members live in that town and were trying to get more information about their own children. As the day and weekend progressed and more information was released, things got worse.

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.

How leaving traditional school saved a life

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Lisa Cooley - Cross posted at The Minds of Kids The blog of the Institute for Democratic Education in America now features an autobiographical post by John Dubie , a senior at the Big Picture South Burlington school in Vermont.

Arming Educators Is a Bad Idea! Thoughts from a School Principal

The 21st Century Principal

After the Sandy Hook incident in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been a flood of calls by lawmakers and news pundits on the news networks to call for allowing educators and school employees to carry weapons as a part of their regular duties. That is a Bad idea! While I understand some people place a lot of faith in Smith and Wesson, I however, do not share that same faith.

Headline Muse

Learning with 'e's

They have finally done it. Someone has come up with a way to control computers using mind power. And the device is non-invasive. At least, that's what InteraXon, the company who has designed the Muse 'brain sensing' headband wish to achieve. 'It

Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It''s hard to believe that the company only started up in April!

EdTech at School

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

Answers to 8 hard questions about education in America

The Innovative Educator

I was recently asked 8 questions about education for The Daily Journalist. Here are the questions: Is there something wrong with the system and education in the U.S.? Are high school students in the U.S. unprepared and surprisingly unaware of the hardness college presents to them, once they decide to get a higher education? Is the transition from high school to college to harsh? Does college increase creativity or does it diminish it?

Print to Digital Resources for Biology Teachers

The Playground Advocate

This post is the fourth part of my new project in which I am trying to identify the online resources that can take the place of a traditional textbook.

What would Maria Montessori Say About Edtech?

jackcwest

What would Maria Montessori say about the use of the edtech available to us as we approach the year 2013? Heaven forbid any actual Montessori educators should read this post. My summaries of Montessori ideas and structures most certainly do not do justice to the wonderful body of work Maria Montessori left behind, nor do… blended learning EdTech Education Google High School Teaching Hapara Montessori Technology

The Magic of Christmas

Comfortably 2.0

"Christmas waves a magical wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer, and more beautiful. " ~Norman Vincent Peale There is just something magical about this time of year. Getting together with families, going to Church, sharing stories and just plain relaxing. One of my favorite websites to use this time of year is the Norad Tracks Santa website. It has turned into a

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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.