Sat.Jan 12, 2013 - Fri.Jan 18, 2013

If Our Characters Had Instagram (new bulletin board: free printables to make your own)


"If Our Characters Had Instagram" This idea was inspired by my second grade students. After returning from winter break, I was surprise with the amount of kids that received smart devices. Many now have the new iPad mini.

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Communicating a Concept With Instagram

A Principal's Reflections

The culture at New Milford High School empowers teachers to develop creative pathways for students to demonstrate conceptual mastery. Joanna Westbrook, one of my first year English teachers, never shies away from this. Earlier this year she experimented with using Twitter to foster creative thought.

Your Facebook Privacy is YOUR Responsibility, Not Your Friends'.


Social networking is a great way to share our lives and keep in touch with friends, but it''s important that we all keep ourselves educated on how our settings work and only share information about privacy that is accurate.

Newly Posted Favorite Resources 01/13/2013

The Web20Classroom

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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.

ABCya Games: The Leader in Free Kids Computer Games & Apps for your iPod/iPad!!

Kleinspiration is a terrific site for your elementary classroom! I enjoy going to this site for several reasons: the content is organized by grade level the site is easy to navigate the games are rich in quality ummm. freebies!

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More Trending

Who Are Your Top 5 Education Tweeps to Follow?


I know questions like this are insanely hard, but that doesn''t stop me from asking them! In preparation for a Twitter for Professional Learning workshop I''m leading at the TCEA Convention in early February, I''d like to know who your top 5 education folks to follow on Twitter are and why.

4 Rules For Building a Culture of Support: Advice From a Practicing Principal

The 21st Century Principal

Let @MindMaple help you share information using beautiful, colorful, & organized diagrams


MindMaple: Organize Anything.and a fun way to visually plan your lessons - click here - This is the first year I''m able to teach the same grade level again. I''m so excited by the ways I''m able to organize my room, materials, and lessons this year compared to last year.

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Where can kids go on opt out of tests days?

The Innovative Educator

More and more parents are opting their children out of standardized tests. In a recent opt out group discussion, parents shared they were told that if their child attended school, but did not take the test, they would have to sit at their desks and do nothing.

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.

Google on Apple: Google Drive


While not the most fun-loving of Google''s offerings, Google Drive is potentially hugely useful to all humans, including SLPs.

A Surprising Lesson Learned from Small Engine Repair


By CUE Member and guest blogger Mark Dohn My son has just started high school. There’s nothing traumatic to report. A couple of bus snafus, but other than that I’ve been impressed with how he is navigating a new city and a new school on his own. Then it came time to register for classes.

Excited about NEW Features from @Citelighter: PDF Capture & Storage!


If you''ve ever done research or assigned research , Citelighter is a must see site! As an edtech blogger and teacher, I''m often asked questions regarding why technology is important in education.

Activities for students who #OptOut of #StandardizedTests

The Innovative Educator

Many innovative educators realize that there are better ways to assess than standardized tests. As a result, they are supportive of students whose parents have decided to opt their children out of tests. This leaves teachers with a dilemma.

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.

ISTE 2013 "Unplugged" + Hack Education 2013

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

ISTE Unplugged is a series of independent events that take place in, around, and with the support of the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. Boy, have we got some fun this year! Hint: look at the "unplugged keynotes" section below.)

Revised List of Top iPad Apps for School Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

In November 2010, I wrote a blog post entitled “Top iPad Apps for School Administrators.” That post has been one of the most popular on my blog for quite sometime. Now, two years later, I have found myself using many of the same apps, but also some newer ones as well. I thought it time to revise my list of iPad apps now that I have returned to using the iPad. Not all of these apps are free, but I consider the price for these apps to be well-worth the costs.

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Google on Apple: Search is Language


Google is pretty much synonymous with search. Though in the earlier days of the web, people went different places like Lycos, Yahoo, and Altavista, it''s second nature for most of us to turn to Google nowadays when we have a question or need a resource. Sorry, no.

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This is how Democracy Ends Part II: Dispelling 6 Common Myths of the #CCSS

The Innovative Educator

By Kris Nielsen. O riginally posted at Middle Grades Mastery. This is the second installment in the This is How Democracy Ends series. Part one is here. This is How Democracy Ends–Part II – Reality Check –will give an abbreviated version of why the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is worse than we think and why it has been pushed so hard on states, districts, and schools.

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.

Touch and go

Learning with 'e's

This is part 9 in the series on the future of learning and technology. Everything it seems, is being disrupted. By this I mean that new technology is arriving all the time, and much of it is changing forever the way we do things, the way we think about things, and the way we use things.

Can Smith and Wesson Save Our Schools? Or, Will Guns Be Our Undoing?

The 21st Century Principal

Several weeks after Newtown, the debate about what to do to make our schools more secure continues. The NRA has called for armed guards in every school. Some school districts in Texas and Utah are arming teachers and administrators. One school district in Ohio is arming its custodians.

Live Tonight: Journalism as the Essential 21st Century Curriculum

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Thursday, January 17th, for a live and interactive interview with Holly Epstein Ojalvo and Esther Wojcicki to talk about student journalism as "THE" curriculum for the 21st century.

Union supports standardized tests boycott

The Innovative Educator

The Seattle Times reports the teachers union shares concerns the faculty at Garfield High has raised about district-required standardized tests. As a result, the Garfield teachers announced that no teachers at the school would be giving the tests this winter, even though the district requires them to do so.

EdTech at School

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

A Gaggle of Google Docs

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My district has enabled students and teachers to begin using Google Apps for Education. HURRAY!!!! I know GAFE is old news for many of you, but this is a big deal for my district. The roll out process has been slow and methodical so that issues can be prevented and addressed. I''ve been given the privilege of testing GAFE out with my 9th and 12th grade students, and I''m figuring out how to best keep the Google Drive organized.

Mr. Reader: An Excellent RSS Reader for the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

As a heavy reader on my iPad, I have been looking for an RSS Feed Reader for my iPad that makes reading my Google Reader feeds easier and a more pleasant experience. I have tried several RSS feed reader apps, and I think I have found one that shows promise and offers an excellent reading experience.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A True Servant Leader

The Daring Librarian

As an educator I was touched by this timeless Huffington Post article from Mr. James Perry, once mayoral candidate and the the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center: "Among the most important lessons I''ve learned from Dr. King is the example of servant leadership.

What should be standardized?

The Innovative Educator

I've been thinking about all the things that should be standardized in life but aren't. Here are the most annoying ones that come to my mind. Phone chargers (Really iPhone 5???) On/off switches on computers (Push, slide, front, side?) Television remote controls (How do you turn this dang thing on?) Carry on luggage (Forget the sizers, just give a standardized stamp or seal!) Laptop plug hole (Left? Right? Back?) I want more ». Standardized Testing

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.