Sat.Sep 20, 2014 - Fri.Sep 26, 2014

Ensure Success This School Year

The Web20Classroom

When I was in the classroom I always looked forward to back-to-school. Getting my classroom ready, that feeling of the excitement for a new year left me with the anticipation for great things to happen.

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CK-12 announces online Physics Interactive Simulations (free)

Educational Technology Guy

CK-12 , a great resource for free e-textbook and curricular resources, has just announced the launch of it''s Physics Interactive Simulations. The simulations are all online and free. There are currently 66 simulations available, with a lot more coming soon.

Learning That Matters

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I posted the following statement on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, "When was the last time any of us had to take a standardized test in our careers? Answer = never. So why is this done to kids incessantly?" I should have clarified my comment a bit more by explaining that I was referring to repetitive standardized tests being taken while in the same job with the same school, company, or corporation.

A Parent's Simple Questions about Educational Technology: Let's Provide the Answers!

The Journal

A parent whose children's school is using computing technology sent us a letter asking some ostensibly simple questions about the value of educational technology.

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.

Using ThingLink for Powerful Professional Development

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

My toolkit is filled with interactive graphics I''ve created and packed with resources. I use these to successfully jump start the learning of busy educators in places near and far. I frequently update and adapt the resources in my toolkit. They grow with me.

More Trending

Making as Professional Development

Learning With Lucie

“The more we can turn the nation into a nation of makers, they will be smarter, they’ll be better problem-solvers, and they’ll be more equipped for the problems of tomorrow." ~ Nolan Bushnell The world is a buzz about “MAKING” and so am I! But is it a new ‘trend”? I think not!

21st Century Word Walls

Inquire and Inspire

World walls in an intermediate classroom can be difficult to maintain. It can be easier in a younger grade when vocabulary can be organized alphabetically.

Digital Differentiation on Simple K12

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A Simple K12 Webinar Tomorrow Do your students find it difficult to process and sift through a lot of Internet information to find what they need? Searching for information and making sense of it is a process that involves critical thinking.

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Learning, making and powerful ideas

Learning with 'e's

This is number 31 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. Previous posts in this series are all linked below.

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.

Array Hunt With iPads and Educreations 2.0


I''ve always been a huge fan of Educreations, a free whiteboard and recording app and website. I have included the app as one of my favorites on a few of my past blog posts.

Going Google with Daily Announcements

Inquire and Inspire

Picture this scenario: You and your students are hard at work in your classroom only to be rudely interrupted by the daily announcements over the PA system.

Get Inspired by a ThingLink Community of Educators

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Earlier this week seven members of our ThingLink Community of Educators shared inspirational examples of innovative ways to use ThingLink as a tool for differentiated learning through a live webinar.

Design for life

Learning with 'e's

This is number 30 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. Previous posts in this series are all linked below.

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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.

Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools

The Innovative Educator

By Chris Casal + Lisa Nielsen Cross posted at [link] Innovative educators know first hand that social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Instagram can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, leading, and strengthening the home-school connection.

Let the kids tweet.

Inquire and Inspire

Mobile devices are the latest tools visible in virtually any school in Ontario. They are everywhere. Every year teachers come to terms with the increase of mobile technology in education as it permeates classrooms at light speeds.

Crowdsourcing to Collect ThingLink Space Images

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To demonstrate the power of a new ThingLink feature known as Add to Channel , I am offering readers of this blog a chance to crowdsource. After I collect some links through this simple Google Form, I can instantly capture and curate the interactive images into a Channel!

In two minds

Learning with 'e's

This is number 32 in my series on learning theories. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I''m providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education.

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.

Using Digital Media To Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom


Using Digital Media to Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom “True technology integration is seamless, it shouldn''t be viewed as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." Brown. Start by taking a moment to reflect. Think about last year. How well did you integrate technology in your classroom?

What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas

Learning in Hand

QR (Quick Response) codes can make classrooms more efficient and interactive. Instead of typing in a web address, a student can open an app and point his or her device’s camera at the code and walk away with a website, audio, or video open in his or her web browser.

Curate a Collection of Interactive Images

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To demonstrate the power of a new ThingLink feature known as Add to Channel , I used this blog for a bit of crowdsourcing yesterday. I asked readers to submit links to images about outer space through a simple Google Form.

My Three Days with My iPhone 6 +

The 21st Century Principal

I admit it. I am one of those guilty ones who set his alarm to get up at 3:00 AM Eastern Standard Time in order to purchase an iPhone 6 + on September 12. I must admit, I have been more than pleased with my experiences so far. The issue I had with my old iPhone 4s was simply screen size.

EdTech at School

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

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.

Connect to the Common Core with Resources Students Commonly Turn to For Learning

The Innovative Educator

If you know the Common Core Standards you know that “The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum.

Questions about Learning Stations in Elementary

My Paperless Classroom

As I think about learning stations in elementary I wonder how many I need with 24 kids. I am leaning towards at least 6 stations. This is based on the idea that 24/6 =4, but I am committed to letting them choose which ever station they want. Ownership of knowledge begins with choice.

For Teachers: Harnessing Twitter with -- an Interactive Newspaper

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Many educators are sharing their Twitter content daily (twice-daily, or weekly) using , an interactive newspaper. SmallRivers is the Swiss-based company that created Anyone can easily create (and delete) a paper, which could make for a transient experience.

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.


Technology Tidbits

Chalkup is a new social learning platform that combines the best of a LMS (Learning Management System) w/ a social network to create a safe environment for students and teachers to interact.

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Establishing A Cloud Based Classroom- Simple Ways to Integrate with Intel-Powered Chromebooks


“True technology integration is seamless, it shouldn''t be viewed as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." Brown. Many school districts are turning to Chromebooks as a practical option for 1:1 technology initiatives.

Levels in Learning, Making Room for Choice in Elementary

My Paperless Classroom

We are not always learning about programming, , but this week it became a choice activity. Because they asked for it. Prior to this we had built our skills using a Tynker over the course of 2 classes.