2012

Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections

After hearing about all the hoopla surrounding Pinterest , I decided to check it out a few days ago. Up until this point I really didn’t have a clue as to what it was all about except that it was a social media tool that functioned like an electronic bulletin board. After requesting an invite, I was all set to go a day later and began to create my first pin board.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Omg - Really - I have the Best of Friends & Supportive Readers! scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. Though my subscriber number reaches well over 1,000, I''ve been planning on doing a give-away once my Google Friend Connect number reached 1,000.

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Some Handy Tools For YouTube

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Today (April 23, 2012) is the 7th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000''s of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end.

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Excellent Online Professional Development Resources for Teachers

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Professional Development for educators is something that I believe still needs to be improved. Many educators have turned online for some of their professional development. Social media provides a great resource for educators, especially Twitter, to connect, share and learn with other educators. There are new forms of in-person professional development, like Edcamps , that are also a great way for educators to learn new things.

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.

K-6 Reading Lessons: Common Core Aligned

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Reading Works is a Gem for Standards Aligned K-6 Reading Lessons click on any image to access the specific part of the site What is Reading Works ? per their site : ReadWorks is presented by educators and the not-for-profit organization Urban Education Exchange (a 501c3). Our sole mission is to close the achievement gap in reading comprehension throughout the United States. We improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement by providing K?6

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Beautiful Classroom Design Themes from Schoolgirl Style & a super give-away!

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The cutest classroom themes by Schoolgirl Style Melanie is the magnificent designer behind Schoolgirl Style. She''s a friend of mine right here in Michigan, and I''m so fortunate to have connected with her to offer Kleinspiration readers one of the best give-aways ever! Melanie is one of the most creative and crafty people I know. I admire her attention to detail and the way she so elegantly incorporates the necessities of teaching without sacrificing quality design.

Conferring Notes & Student Data (Paperless) with the Confer App - created by a National Board Certified Teacher!

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Confer: The app that organizes your conferring notes and student data Though I''m considered to be a ''tech-savvy teacher,'' I still struggle with letting go of certain paper systems I''m use to. I feel like I''ve mastered the perfect templates and spreadsheets for so many of my note taking strategies and record keeping binders. In fact, I''ve gotten so great at being so organized that I even have templates and checklists to organize my binders. Scary, right?

Bring Literacy into Math with Big Books!

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Big Books for Math Instruction and Centers *enter to win the entire Big Book set below* We use big books in a variety of ways in my classroom. I love using big books during reading and writing workshop. Because of their large size, students really engage with the text as we are gathered on the carpet. After I''ve used a particular book for a mini-lesson, students love being able to partner read using the big book and even add their thinking via sticky notes to certain pages.

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Twitter For Little Folks

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Yep, another Twitter post. This time, I want to focus on another popular question I get. "If If Twitter says you have to be 13 to use Twitter, how do I use it in my elementary classroom?" (See See the Update below.) Great question! Twitter''s Privacy Policy says each user has to be at least 13 in order to have a Twitter account. This is to comply with privacy laws and non-collection of data of children.

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).

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job

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Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement , Class Dojo wins at NBC''s Education Nation , and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click. However, my purpose for this post is to share their new app and how I''m using the free service in my classroom.

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Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at teach.com. Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology.

Free Common Core Aligned Lessons and Web 2.0 Games to Play on your SMART Board!

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Attention: FREE Lessons and Interactive Resources! I am a BIG FAN of open source sharing and teacher collaboration. Blog superstar Richard Byrne was my inspiration for starting my blog. to share free and amazing resources with teachers. As teachers, we all are tight on funding when it comes to gathering supplies and resources. I hope you enjoy the lessons the many great teachers have begun to share on ClassConnect - together we achieve more. yes , I just pulled out the good ole'' T.E.A.M analogy!

So.You Wanna Make Your Own Books and Texbooks

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For many teachers the traditional textbook just doesn''t cut it any more. Between the rapid pace at which information changes and rising cost, many are looking for alternatives. Believe it or not, there are lots of options out there, if you know where to look and you are willing to get your hands dirty. The best part? Kids can create these using any of the tools below. Talk about student-centered learning! There are many ways to create your own digital textbooks.

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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.

Google Field Trip - app that finds info about where you are

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Google has a cool new app for Android , called " Field Trip ". It helps you find things about what''s around you. It runs in the background and when you get close to something interesting, it pops up with details about that location. You can use it to learn more about historical locations, buildings, stores and restaurants and more. It takes information from a variety of sources, along with your location data, to produce these results.

Must Have Books for Reading Workshop!

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Power Reading Workshop: a Step by Step Guide by Laura Candler This summer, my friend, Laura Candler , sent me her two most recent books on reading workshop. I was excited to receive these materials because we do reading workshop in my second grade class. I expected to find some handy tips and a few printables I could use, but what I didn''t expect was to find two resources that would be my go to guide for planning and preparing each lesson.

Apps That Teach! (And Might Be Fun Too.)

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I get asked a lot what are my favorite apps. And I usually can rattle off a few. Evernote, Twitter, Wunderlist to name a few. But what about apps that actually teach? What about apps that kids (or you) can use to learn? I have a few teachers in my district working on a 1:1 tablet project and we are going to be introducing some apps in a few weeks that are fun but have a purpose. Many of these are STEM apps (as STEM is a big focus for us this year) but they could be used in lots of places.

Introducing Learning Resource's brand new Interactive White Board: now!Board

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How would you like an Interactive White Board for $399? Most interactive white boards cost around $2000. There are more affordable IWB products such as the Mimio ; however, you''re still going to pay around $800. As a partner of Learning Resources , I was asked to introduce the launch of their newest product, the now!Board Board , an interactive white board.

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.

The Dog in BYOD-- make sure you have tissues ready

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

On the Moose River near Jackman, ME Brody is 8.5 years old and with his graying muzzle, it is evident that he is starting to show his age. I''m reminded that my super-hero dog is mortal. This scares me. Brody has been a faithful companion, trail buddy, swim partner, and emotional rock for 8.5 years now. For 7 of those years he has walked the halls of Southern Regional with me, saying hi to students and staff, offering an ear for reading, snoozing while I teach, and soothing anyone in need.

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The Foundations of Flipping

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Best Practices for Teaching Today "Kids don''t show up to learn new stuff. They show up to apply the things they''ve learned at home." Aaron Sams As a new teacher, I often seek advice from other mentors. Because of the strong mentors I''ve been fortunate to have, I feel like I''ve grown so much over the past few years.

So.You Wanna Design Your Own Apps

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I have published lots of posts on my favorite iPad resources , my favorite apps for administrators , and posted countless Tweets and had a number of conversations about apps for learning, producing and consuming. But what about if you want to take the next step? You want (or better yet your kids) to create apps. Whether it''s something basic like just appifying your blog or literally building something from the ground up, there are some pretty easy ways to create apps.

Save, Share, and Organize each Lesson and Classroom Activity with @TeamClaco

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Share your Content, Find Great Resources, and Organize your Material Claco is a free site for teachers to add their favorite content and find great resources to use. Compared to Pinterest : Claco is similar to Pinterest because you can view content on the main page. When you find something you like, you can snap (pin) it to your own binders (boards). You can set up as many binders (boards) as you''d like. You can add your own content, too. Others begin snapping your content to their binders.

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.

Connectedness as the Standard

A Principal's Reflections

I am extremely excited that August is Connected Educator month. In my opinion, being a connected learner, leader, and/or educator is no longer an option. My personal and professional journey in this area is well documented and something that I regularly present on. When I think back to my life as an educator prior to becoming connected, I can honestly say that I was isolated, naive, and definitely not as well rounded as I am today.

How Things Changed With @Evernote

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I''ll admit it. I have to be one of the most unorganized people on the planet. I have notebooks in just about every bag I carry. Multiple calendars and I still miss appointments. Slips of papers as reminders with some string of illegible thoughts on them, that, when I find them, I don''t have a clue what I was thinking when I wrote them. I have more than 10 different types of projects going on at anyone time.

The Most Common Questions (And Answers) I Get About Twitter

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A while back I wrote a 3 part series on Twitter. In Part One I shared how I do Twitter PD, which might not be the way you think. In Part Two , I crowdsourced what some folks on Twitter wish they had know before getting started. And in Part Three I shared some of my tips tricks and secrets. I am revisiting the tips and tricks section because a few things have changed, or been added to and I have some new ideas I want to share. Profiles -One of the Top 5 questions I get asked is about profiles.

Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

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Google has a unique idea, called the 80/20 rule. Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. It is a great idea and has spawned many of Google''s apps and resources and made Google very successful, and a very good place to work. Last week, I read an article on Converge Magazine''s site entitled "Google''s 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School".

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.

Give-Away: 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game

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Enter this great give-away below. I was very excited to see this package arrive a few days ago for a give-away. I had been recently looking for some new games and puzzles for my classroom collection and was having some difficulty finding something that was fun, easy to learn, and multi-dimensional. Many of the games we see in classrooms can very specific to their genre. Word games are word games, trivia games are trivia games, etc.

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The Perfect Pencil. old school tech!

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Quality Pencils for your Classroom This summer, I received a variety of pencils from the company at Pencils.Com. My daughter used them a lot over the summer, and they were great! However, I didn''t realize how truly wonderful they were until the other day. Anyone who knows me well understands my compulsive behavior towards pencils and sharpeners. I feel like I''ve been burned too many times with poor pencils and sharpeners. I also get annoyed by the sound of the sharpener during class.

Some Fantastic And Fabulous Ladies To Follow On Twitter

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The other day, some one sent me a link to a list of folks to follow. 10 Great Stars To Follow In The Twitterverse The post lists these reasons for these users: They are always active, but never overwhelming on your twitter feed.