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Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter

A Principal's Reflections

Change has become quite the buzzword in education as of late. You hear it in schools, during face-to-face conversations with educators, at the dinner table, and most emphatically in social media spaces. Virtually all of these conversations have merit to them.

Google Announces some great new features for Apps!

Educational Technology Guy

Google just announced some great new features for Google Apps that make it even more useful and powerful. Schools, like ours, that use Google Apps for Education will be very pleased with these updates and new features. Google Apps Admins can now restore a user''s Google Drive files from the past 25 days. This is great for one someone deletes a file by mistake. https://support.google.com/a/answer/6052340 Google Drive: huge changes here.

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This One's for You, Grandpa!

Tom Murray

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; your tickles every time we were together. I remember your “I love you, Tommy. I’m so proud of you”, stated well over a million times. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to greatly respect your service

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The Ultimate Word Wall with ThingLink & Padlet

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of educators this summer for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. This week''s challenge to design an activity to help students Dig Deeper Into Vocabulary , a topic I am very passionate about.

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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.

Hey, We Started a School!

Philly Teacher

It was 3:00pm on June 20th, the last day of school. The inaugural staff of SLA@Beeber sat around the huge conference table in the main office going over highlights and areas for growth for next year. We picked apart processes, events, successes, failures and made suggestions for next year.

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Setting Up Your Google Classroom

The Electric Educator

For the first time, Google has designed a product for a specific industry. Fortunately for educators, that product is for them! Google Classroom is a brand new tool designed to help ease the burden of sharing and receiving assignments from students. The excitement surrounding classroom has reached a fever pitch; teachers are ecstatic and can''t wait to get their hands on classroom. The excitement may be contributing to inflated expectations, however.

Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Would you like to improve your students'' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world?

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Considering Minecraft for Your Classroom? 12 Outstanding Resources to help you make your decision

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Considering Minecraft in your classroom or just want to know what the buzz is all about? Check out these 12 outstanding resources! I''m preparing for our GHO tonight Minecraft in the Classroom -- Why? Why Not? -- and I''ll be including this post in the show notes. Brain-based research 1.

NC Legislature Shows Love for Charters & Hostility to Traditional Public Schools

The 21st Century Principal

Here’s some more evidence that our North Carolina State Legislature despises traditional public schools and favors charter schools that don’t have to play by the same rules as other public schools. Yesterday, the North Carolina House voted to allow charter schools to once again play by different rules.

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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.

Social Thinking Providers' Conference 2014

SpeechTechie

This past weekend, I was thrilled to be part of the Social Thinking® Providers'' Conference in San Francisco, CA.

News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators free early access to its new video editor

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This post was written by Ulla Engestrom and originally published on the ThingLink Blog. Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media.

Joining the dots

Learning with 'e's

This is number 20 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my last post I featured the work of Marie Jahoda on ideal mental health.

Been for Education

Technology Tidbits

Been for Education is one of my favorite new Web 2.0 sites for Social Learning & Bookmarking. This is a innovative site that combines the the bookmarking abilities of Diigo w/ a visual interface similar to MentorMob to create a innovative experience to browse the web.

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.

10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom

The Innovative Educator

Guest Post by Vicki Davis Editor’s note: Vicki Davis just wrote a new book called, Reinventing Writing. I asked her if she could contribute a post to The Innovative Educator explaining specifically how social media has reinvented writing. This is that post. As hall of fame baseball player, Babe Ruth said, “Yesterday’s home runs won’t win tomorrow’s games.”

Announcing EduPuppets.com

My Paperless Classroom

I am happy to announce that with a lot of help from Jeff Bradbury at TeacherCast.net I am officially launching the EduPuppets Vlog at EduPuppets.com. With over 24 episodes, there is plenty to see and so much to learn. Wokka will be Vlogging at the #ISTE2014 conference.

Behave yourself

Learning with 'e's

This is number 19 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my last post I featured the work of Carl Jung and his theories of synchronicity and archetypes.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Technology Tidbits

I''ve been in touch w/ the people over at Shadow Puppet and excited to announce their new spinoff free iOS app for education, Shadow Puppet Edu. This is an excellent easy to use app for Project Based Learning and Digital Storytelling.

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.

Hey, We Started a School!

Philly Teacher

It was 3:00pm on June 20th, the last day of school. The inaugural staff of SLA@Beeber sat around the huge conference table in the main office going over highlights and areas for growth for next year. We picked apart processes, events, successes, failures and made suggestions for next year.

Not you again, Weston

Ed Tech Now

A summary of my recent contributions to the debate around ETAG To many on the ETAG committee, I am undoubtedly seen as an awkward and disruptive influence—something like the know-it-all who keeps putting their hand up at the back of the class. … Continue reading → Academic research ETAG Bob Harrison diana laurillard FELTAG Kristen DiCerbo Matt Hancock

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Heroes and villains

Learning with 'e's

This is number 18 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

BoomWriter

Technology Tidbits

BoomWriter is the free award winning Web 2.0 site for Collaborative Writing. Educators are using this around the world to integrate technology into their classroom in a easy way, as well as using it for Project Based Learning.

EdTech at School

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

Educators Connect Learning Through Citizen Science

Educator Innovator

Citizen science—scientific research conducted by nonscientists—is rapidly becoming a tool to bring relevant, hands-on learning to young people. But connecting professional scientists with educators and youth can be tricky. Science center educators are bridging the gap.

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A Finished Dissertation – MOOC Pasts & Futures

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : From All MOOCs, All The Time. Originally posted on All MOOCs, All The Time : After nearly two years of intense study, scholarship and research, my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course has been published to ProQuest (though I am sharing it via Scribd, as ProQuest is not always the easiest for open access).

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The Audio Class Environment

Hansen's Link to Tech

Whether it''s motivation, enlightenment, research, or plain interesting, educators that are implementing an audio class environment have an engaging or productive edge with their students.

Digipuzzle

Technology Tidbits

Digipuzzle is a nice site for finding educational games for El Ed. This is a relatively new site but there are games in subjects such as: Math, LA, Geography, and more. It''s a fun site that''s easy to use can be a nice tool for centers or Game Based Learning.

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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.

Organize Apps into Folders on a Chromebook

The Electric Educator

An update to ChromeOS now allows teachers and students to organize their Chrome Web Apps into folders on their Chromebook. This will make it much easier for students and teachers to keep their Chromebook content organized and easily accessible. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). chromebook Chrome

Teaching Gen Text authors explain why cell phones should go to school

The Innovative Educator

My co-author Willyn Webb and I had the opportunity to speak with "Tech Page One - Insights from the Evolving World of Tech" to explain why cell phones should be allowed in the classroom. You can read the entire piece at BYOD Goes to School, Here is what we said during our interview with the author of the article.

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. The students use the apps as a seamless tools with which to show their demonstration of the Anchor Statements. Here are short descriptions of three activities: L.2 Conventions Mobile Online Survey.