A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Updated 4/17/13 The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. PLN''s back in the day consisted of individuals with the same professional interests engaging in mostly face to face communication. Fast forward a good amount of years and enter the internet.

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Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t already heard, TED is one of the world''s coolest conferences. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Desgin) brings together some of the most forward thinking, progressive and really fascinating people on the planet to talk about, really anything they want.

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Flip your classroom through reverse instruction

The Electric Educator

Have you ever experienced the unique and rare moment when, after doing something the same way for year and years, you have an epiphany and wonder, "why am I doing it this way?" Most of the time the answer is tradition, that''s the way we''ve always done it.

Teachers' Hierarchy of Needs


If you’ve been around education for very long or ever taken an educational psychology course, you’ve probably heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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.

A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers

Nik Peachey

I've just been brainstorming digital skills that I believe are required by teachers in the 21st Century. So far I've come up with 45 of them. What's striking for me about this is: few of these skills will have been taught to anyone who trained as a teacher longer than 5 years ago.

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HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

QR Codes are popping up everywhere! On the back of my Sephora catalog, windows of shops, and in my library! They''re already big in Japan - and now in New York & LA.

Wikis for collaborative learning

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A wiki is a website that allows visitors to easily add, remove, and edit content, making it an effective tool for collaborative authoring which allows students to construct knowledge.

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Live in Elluminate with Jim Burke Today - Teaching English and Social Networking

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, October 25th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jim Burke , author, teacher, and the creator of English Companion Ning : "Where English teachers go to help each other."

A new model for Higher Education

Connecting 2 the World

I recently read two good blog posts about higher education: one by Clark Quinn and the other by Andy Cloverdale. In both posts they point out the need for change in the way that education is provided at the University and the way instructors/professors are trained to teach in the University. This and the extreme budget cuts to our university in the face of rising enrollments got me thinking about the call for "reform" in how our universities are run in the US today.

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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.

They're Selling iPads at Verizon!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I couldn''t believe my eyes -- they''re selling iPads at Verizon? Could iPhones be close behind?

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district.

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QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

The Web20Classroom

Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code. Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It''s a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips.

10 Google Voice Tricks That Will Rock Your Phone!

The Electric Educator

Phones are remnants of the analog world. Google Voice adds your phone into the cloud! If you aren''t currently using Google Voice, I would recommend my my previous post for a basic overview of the service. If are a user, here are 10 tips to rock your phone!

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EdTech at School

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

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degrees - What Do You Know About Them?


I have been working on a Master''s Degree (M.Ed.) and will finish it before the end of this year, Lord willing. My yearning to learn won''t stop there, though, and I''ve been informally contemplating what the next step might be.

5 Tasks to Teach Yourself to Teach with Technology

Nik Peachey

Some months ago I had a plan to write a book of tasks to get teachers using technology. As with so many of my plans and ideas, time and circumstances over took me and I never got further than the first 15 tasks.

SpeechTechie Shortlisted for Best New Blog!


The 2010 Edublogs awards are here, and I am REALLY excited and thankful to have been shortlisted in the Best New Blog category (thanks again to Chris Burgaj ). Voting is open until December 14, so please click on over and give me a vote!

Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

The Art of the Follow: One of the hardest things on Twitter is to master is the art of the Follow. When I started I was so thrilled when ANYone followed me - I didn''t look too closely and would immediately follow them back.

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.

A look at Institute Day

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Session Titles & Descriptions-11/20/10


Wednesday - Jenifer Fox on Children's Strengths, Live in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, October 20th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com Webinar with Jenifer Fox as we talk about the "Strengths Movement" within education, and her book, Your Child''s Strengths.

Prezi, a new way of thinking about presentations

Connecting 2 the World

Yesterday I gave my first presentation using Prezi. I had heard about the software and had even registered for the educational version, but then had promptly forgotten about it. Then one of my students used it in a class assignment. So giving a presentation on Presentations to my daughter's class, I decided to try it out. As this is the first presentation I've given using Prezi, it is still in the basic mode.

SEABURY READS reaction to "Three Little Pigs iPad App Presents Pop-Up Book Of the Future"

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post I left a comment on Huffington Post''s article about the new Three Little Pigs iPad app and posted on my other blog: SEABURY READS. Received a great response from Dr. Heather L.

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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.

Top 10 Roadblocks to Change

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I was granted an opportunity to deliver a keynote at the NYSCATE Leadership Summit in Troy, NY. The topic of my talk was, "Leadership in the Digital Age."

Beautifully and Simply Explaining Technology

The Web20Classroom

One of the things that many of us who train teachers struggle with is finding explanations or the whys of certain types of tech. Twitter, blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, etc, all can be very complex for those just starting out and learning how they can integrate these into their classroom.

Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning

The Electric Educator

Google calendar is a great tool. My wife and I have been using it for over a year to keep track of our family activities. A new feature currently in calendar labs adds the ability to attach a Google Doc to a calendar event. This makes using Google Calendar for lesson planning a powerful tool.

Just Because It's Educational Doesn't Mean It's Fair Use


I think many educators with good intentions use techniques like the one I''m about to describe below to support their students'' learning without ever even thinking about the possibility that they might be infringing on someone''s copyright.

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.