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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.

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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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. Google Drive: huge changes here.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

The ITM Rocks the Summer at ISTE and Into Season Four!


Written by CUE Member Mark Hammons @mhammons ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!?!?!?! Things are continuing to rock and roll over at CUE’s ITM Show (Infinite Thinking Machine Show). Season three wrapped up with a paperless classroom encore. The ITM Live!

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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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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.

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.”

More on OpenEd's Free Online Assessment Tools: How-to Videos

The 21st Century Principal

OpenEd recently released its Free Assessment tool. OpenEd''s assessment tool not only provides the question types required by the Common Core curriculum, but it also has some unique capabilities as well, such as suggesting videos to students who miss specific questions.

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.

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.

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.

Social Thinking Providers' Conference 2014


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

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.

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.

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


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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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.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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).


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.

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 Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing tech.

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.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.