2013

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

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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 tools, and develop their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). After some thinking and looking at various options inherent in the current schedule, I decided to cut all non-instructional duties in half to create a Professional Growth Period (PGP).

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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! My Favorite Parts: I love that the app is easy to use and free. Those are usually my top two must haves in order for me to continue using an application or website.

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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! I just love the fact that the world gets so much smaller when we use technology like that. There really are endless learning opportunities for students (and teachers as well).

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Training Resources

Educational Technology Guy

I put this list together for our district as we are going with GAFE and Chromebooks and I figured I''d share it here too.

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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. While I''ve written quite a bit about assessing writing (ad nauseum) via digital means, reading instruction and assessment have remained a primarily paper-based enterprise in my class.

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What’s a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? It’s a Superhero Team Chosen by YOU

CUE

Everyone knows there’s the J.L.A. Justice League of America) and lately you’ve probably heard of S.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), but the most important superhero organization that you can belong to is a P.L.N. or Personal Learning Network. A PLN can be the difference between having super sight and losing your sight. […]. The post What’s a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? It’s a Superhero Team Chosen by YOU appeared first on OnCUE.

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From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom. She states: “(The professors’) lives might be easier and their students might be happier if they just do a traditional class.”

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Mobile and Project-Based Learning

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of resources to help you get started with Project-Based Learning. 1) Exploring Resources for PBL 2) 10 Practical Ideas for Better Project-Based Learning in the Classroom 3) Leading PBL Schoolwide?

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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.” ” I got a lot of quizzical looks. “What do you mean?” ” “You can’t draw the Internet!”

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Professional Development Reform: 8 Steps to Make it Happen

Tom Murray

Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results. Ask teachers from typical school districts in America their thoughts on traditional in-service time, and the feedback won’t be pretty. Professional development in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective

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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. I think it is great that so many people have focused opinions on what social media should, could, or should not be with a considerable emphasis on specific do''s and dont''s.

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An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!

Kleinspiration

FluencyFinder V. FluencyFinder the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update. What is FluencyFinder? FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1 st -8 th ). This is done by printing out a Reading passage (6 per grade level w/ more on the way) and then having the student read while following along on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone).

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

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. With that cycle, I always had kids who were behind, who never seemed like they could catch up. I was talking with a teacher friend the summer after my first year and she suggested something simple. Put a large piece of paper next to the door.

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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. Evernote is an excellent app, with the ability to share notes with others, but there is not a collaboration piece until this app came along. You go to LiveMinutes and create a work space and select the notes from your Evernote account that you want to collaborate on, share them with others and off you go.

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The Pitfalls of Data Used for High Stakes

Mobile Musings

I’m very wary of Obama’s recent suggestion to tie federal student aid to a rating system for universities. I think we’ve seen what unintended bad results can result from this kind of thing in K-12. Read more of my thoughts here at Information Week. Chime in with your thoughts. EdTech Update Uncategorized accountability analytics data

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Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

Nik Peachey

Back in April 2013 I delivered a workshop at the IATEFL 2013 conference in Liverpool. The topic of the workshop was ' Criteria for Evaluating Web Tools and Apps ' and in the workshop I encouraged participants to share and explore their subconscious criteria for deciding which apps and web based tools they used with their students. I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

#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 2013 CEL convention focused on the theme of Transformative Literary Leadership and Learning, and my session was STOP BLEEDING RED INK: Using Paper and Online tools to assist in evaluating student work.

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Flipped Learning – Part 5: Flip Your English Class!

CUE

By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Troy Cockrum This Post Will Focus on Flipping Learning in the English Classroom- Post 5 in Our 6-Part Series I usually describe my flipped learning English classroom as sloppy. I like to say it is the writing process in action. I go in with somewhat of a plan, but my […]. The post Flipped Learning – Part 5: Flip Your English Class! appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Flipped Classroom

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So, you have an iPad.now what?

The Mobile Native

Using iPads in the Classroom 1. Only One iPad in the Classroom? iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 3. iPad and iPod Resources 4. The 55 Best Free Educational Apps for iPad 5. 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Middle School iPad Apps 8. Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 9. 39 Sites for Using iPads in the Classroom 10. 50 Resources for Using iPads in the Classroom 11. iPad Resources Worth Exploring 12.

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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.

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White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

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. The premise of a Twitter chat is simple. Each lasts for 60 minutes, moderators pose questions on a predetermined topic, and participants use a consistent hashtag (#) to communicate. Questions are posed in a sequential

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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. In my mind, the more I could control the environment that my students were a part of the better the results. There was not much flexibility in terms of the structure of the day and what students were “allowed” to do.

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TONS of (free) 1-3 minute Engaging Math & Science Videos for Kids via @avheuv!

Kleinspiration

STEMbite: My favorite YouTube Channel for Learning! click here to subscribe - STEMbite is a YouTube Channel developed by Andrew Vanden Heuvel , one of the original Google Glass Explorers. On this channel, you can find over 60 informative and entertaining brief clips sharing how math and science relate to our everyday life. Though the segments are brief in nature, you will find they are extremeley helpful.

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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. You write an essay. Who read it? Most likely the teacher and that is where it ended.

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Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

Forensic Science Resources for teachers and students

Educational Technology Guy

My wife is teaching Forensic Science this year so I was helping her find some resources for the class. I decided to share the resources here. NCIS - another great show to get students interested in science [link] [link] Great listing of resources and sites. link] - high school forensics class site [link] High School Forensic Science curriculum and resources [link] Forensic Science for high school students. link] - New Rochelle High School Forensic Science Page.

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Your Tech-Savvy Kid, Tips For Parents Keeping Up With The Digital Generation

MSEDTechie

Do you ever wonder how a toddler can pick up a cell phone, or another mobile device, and easily navigate the device without ever having to be instructed on how to use it? Or how students can multi-task with technology by texting, social media surfing, and watching television all at the same time? Our children are digital natives , and we are digital immigrants. They are being raised in a technology driven society that provides them with quick and easy access to just about anything at anytime.

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Gamification to encourage learner autonomy

Nik Peachey

This post tries to pull together a couple of things I have been thinking about recently. The first was a post I saw on the 21st Century Fluency Project blog a few weeks back. The title of the article ' How I Turned My Classroom into a ‘Living Video Game ’ caught my eye and before I even had time to read it I started thinking about how the factors that create motivation in computer games could be applied to the classroom.

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