2013

Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

A year and a half ago I decided to implement a job-embedded growth model at the suggestion of some of my teacher leaders. They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

ABCya: The Leader in Education Computer Games for Kids! over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don''t pop on the site for at least five minutes. The children enjoy the games so much.

Going Global-Tips And Resources For Global Collaborations

The Web20Classroom

I had a wonderful conversation this morning on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that!

LiveMinutes - Edit your Evernote notes in real-time with others!

Educational Technology Guy

LiveMinutes is a very cool app that integrates with Evernote (my all time favorite and most used app) and allows you to work on the same Evernote note with others, similar to Google Docs.

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.

Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development

Tom Murray

Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking.

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MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed ). ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. This article was a step in the progression of some thinking I’ve been doing about deeper professional learning. Stay tuned for more on that.).

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Grab Your Free ThingLink EDU Upgrade

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It''s no secret that ThingLink EDU is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools. I love ThingLink because it provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the web with the click of a button.

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iPad Basic Training for Teachers

EdTechSandyK

The Background Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License In the Spring of 2013, my school district committed to issuing an iPad to every classroom teacher.

11 Things I Think I Know #EdTech Folks Really Want to Promote

The Playground Advocate

I had an important conversation with my wife (a classroom teacher) the other day that reminded me (an educational technology coach) how easy it is to be misunderstood. I was trying to understand how I could more effectively reach teachers with the resources and messages that I am trying to promote.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Infographic: How Students Use Technology in School and Out

The 21st Century Principal

What are we getting students to do with technology in our schools? Here''s an interesting infographic from Education Week that offers some answers to that very question.

The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

A Principal's Reflections

If someone would have asked me this question a few years ago I honestly would not have had a good answer. I always thought a positive school culture was one where strict rules were created and consistently enforced to keep students focused on learning.

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A Free App To Download Today and Use Tomorrow from @IXLLearning - Common Core Math: PreK - Geometry

Kleinspiration

Introducing the NEW IXL Math App! I''m so excited to share the new IXL math app with all of you. I''ve been using the IXL math website for a while now. It provides great reinforcement for the skills and concepts I teach in class. Now, they have an app that is super simple to use. and free!

So.You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional. I can use this space to share resources with you, reflect on my own practice and try to figure out how to be a better educator. It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning. Think about when you were in school.

Google accepting applications for next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago July 24-25

Educational Technology Guy

Google is now accepting applications for the next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago, Illinois on July 24-25. This is a great, free, professional development experience for educators that Google runs around the world. Teachers who have attended always give it rave reviews.

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Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.”

#CEL13: Connections

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I couldn''t afford the cost of attending the entire NCTE conference this year in Boston, but I was able to attend and present at the Conference on English Leadership , an intimate conference tied to the main NCTE event that was held November 24-26.

The Internet According to 9th Graders

Philly Teacher

To start off the year, I decided to make sure that all of my 9th graders understand what the Internet really is and how it works before they get their Internet-ready laptops in a few weeks. When they came in, they had the first five minutes of class to “draw the Internet.”

Back to School with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Docs is truly one of my favorite tools for teaching and learning because of the features it offers to support research, writing and collaboration in the 24/7 classroom. Here are some things to try with Google Docs as you make plans to use a little more tech and embrace change this school year.

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How to Decode a Tweet

EdTechSandyK

When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. What does each part represent? What does it mean when a word starts with a #? Below is a Tweet as it might be displayed on the Twitter website when viewed on a computer.

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Thrilled to be Hosting the 1st Indiana #GAFESummit

The Playground Advocate

I have the pleasure of working for a forward-thinking school corporation, and I am blessed to have a job that gives me the opportunity to work with teachers to find meaningful ways that technology can enhance teaching and learning in the Digital Age.

9 Characteristics of 21st Century Mindful School Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

“Mindfulness is simply noticing the way things are. By being mindful you can transform your life, your organization, and even your community. The first step is to transform yourself.”

Eight Leadership Essentials

A Principal's Reflections

The beginning of the school year always renews my focus on how to improve my leadership skills. Each year I critically analyze ways I can improve as well as what I feel I am doing well. To my mind, we all have the capacity to lead.

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Kleinspiration

How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom this post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image.

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

The Web20Classroom

When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary.

My Workflow as CIO - includes heavy use of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an urban public school district. We have over 21,000 students, 3500 faculty and staff, 40 buildings, 15,000 devices, a full data center and fiber network, and an IT department staff of 15.

The Obsolete Tech Director

Tom Murray

The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment

Talking Squirrels & Ninjas: Silly Technology Use

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While browsing through the Language Arts community on Edmodo, I came across a post by Kalina Noelle, who shared a simple and easy n ewspaper clipping generator , and Mrs. Osborne who replied with another site with even more newspaper templates.

Google Doesn't Care About Grades or Test Scores

The Electric Educator

In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times , the Senior VP of People Operations at Google discussed how Google hires and how they analyze job performance and hiring data.

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ThingLink: Design Engaging Learning Experiences

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

12th @4:00 PM CST As an instructional technology facilitator my goal is to weave together digital tools to design engaging, interactive learning experiences that support all learners and encourage higher order thinking.

Your Facebook Privacy is YOUR Responsibility, Not Your Friends'.

EdTechSandyK

Social networking is a great way to share our lives and keep in touch with friends, but it''s important that we all keep ourselves educated on how our settings work and only share information about privacy that is accurate.

Will Philadelphia Education Survive?

Philly Teacher

Overflow crowd from the August 15, 2013 SRC meeting. As I reflected on the events of today, I began to think of my journey as a teacher here in Philadelphia. I began to think of all of the red flags that have gone up over the last ten years before getting to this point. Here is a run-down: 2001.

Interesting Inforgraphic: The Use of Social Media in School

The 21st Century Principal

I think this infographic makes a solid argument for making use of social media in schools. I hope you find is as interesting as I did. The Use of Social Media in Schools infographic by obizmedia. educational use of social media effective use of social media reasons use social media social media