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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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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.

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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.

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.

Why Teachers Need to Open the Digital Door: LMS Platforms


Written by CUE Member Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Ed D What is a learning management system and why should educators care about the LMS, the CMS (Content Management System) or other instructional management systems? What and Why?

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Learning @Learning2

The Thinking Stick

There are different ways to measure success. Last week at the first ever Learning2 Africa conference that was held at ICS Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we measured it in a few different ways.

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.

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.

Towards Choice-Based Learning in Elementary

My Paperless Classroom

Sometimes you get to attend a surprise Edcamp. I was settling in to write when I saw a tweet about Edcamp Los Altos. I checked the map, and it was 2 miles away. Never mind the fact that I was in cycling shoes and a very casual t-shirt, I rode to me school, picked up Wokka and we were off to camp.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

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.

Fire Safety & Prevention Week Made Easy, With Sparky's Stories


Fire Safety and Prevention Week is October 5-11th. Teaching Fire Safety is easy when you have the help of Sparky the Dog! The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) provides a variety of fun free apps and other resources for teachers to use in the classroom.

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Creating Independence One Activity At A Time

Leading with Technology

As we think about what best teaching practices are, we often think of how students learn. We also have parents that want to help at home. How can technology and the iPad help with this experience?

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EdTech at School

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