2013

The Right Way is Your Way

A Principal's Reflections

I have read some very thought-provoking posts and associated commentary over the past couple of weeks focusing on how particular educators use social media. What I have found interesting is the powerful opinions as to how one should use social media.

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.

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.

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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May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

UPDATE AS OF 1/15/14: The company Gobstopper has changed its name to Curriculet, but this update hasn''t changed how I use Curriculet with my students. The stories and information in the below post still hold true despite the change in company name.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

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

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.”

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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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.

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.”

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.

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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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.

iPad Apps 4 Schools - great site with info and resources for iPads in Education

Educational Technology Guy

iPad Apps for School is another site from Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers and Android 4 Schools.

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EdTech at School

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