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. No one can argue that the evolution of the real-time web has dramatically altered how we communicate, gather information, and reflect.

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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. There are lots of things that TED can teach us in education and tons of ways we can use TED in the classroom. Here are just a few. Presentation Skills-This past weekend I came across a great blog post called The TED Commandments.

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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. At one time, there probably was a sound, logical, reasonable explanation for the decision to do it that way. The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford Take, for example, the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

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. His theory, in a nutshell, contends that human beings have levels of basic needs, and until the needs at the lower levels are met, we don’t even feel the needs at the next level. Teachers in my school district report back to duty for the new school year on Monday morning.

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.

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post


Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere. The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles.

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Elevating the Education Reform Dialog, Live on Monday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Between the NBC "Education Nation" Summit , Waiting for Superman , The Oprah Winfrey Show , and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg''s $100 million gift to Newark city schools , there has been a lot of media attention focused on the topic of education reform. Unfortunately, much of it has excluded actual educators, let alone students. Furthermore, and perhaps as a consequence, the dialog has become divisive, blaming, and ultimately counter-productive.

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. Calvin Klein Jeans recently put up three billboards - 2 in NYC and 1 in LA - to promote the brand’s upcoming campaign for Winter 2010. Rather than a racy montage of scantily clad models, but with a bright red QR code - all the rage in Japan - under the words “Get It Uncensored.”

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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What's Your Sentence?

The Innovative Educator

"Whole New Mind" and, now, "Drive" author Daniel Pink shares two questions that can change the life of you and students in this video. Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo. Innovative educators, will recognize what a fantastic video this is to show students.

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).



Fun little editor combined with appreciation for our AJUSD teachers. and voila, my first Vuvox collage: P.S. For those of you wondering, I changed the music to something I made on GarageBand so that I wouldn''t be breaking any copyright laws. 21st Century Learning Peer Coaching Collaboration Coaching Professional Development Relationships

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. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators.

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The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information.

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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! If you have other creative ways that you have used Google Voice, please leave a comment! Call from Gmail. Connect your Google Chat account to Google Voice. You will be able to send and receive calls and SMS messages from within Gmail.

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.

Career Risks You Take When You Share Your Life Online


What you post online can have serious ramifications for your career. I''ve said it before , I''m saying it again, and I''m pretty sure this won''t be the last time I write about it. My hope is that people will listen and consider what they post on their social/professional networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. I read and think a lot about this topic, so the CNN clip below caught my attention. Maybe it will catch yours too.



WordWorld is a cool resource from PBS, who have of late done quite a bit of web development to catch up with the BBC''s excellent interactives. WordWorld is a pretty open-ended, exploratory site, so you would want to allow for a child-centered approach, but along the way, you will find some excellent reinforcement of letter identification, rhyming, and sound-letter connections.

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.

2010 Global Education Conference #globaled10 - Check It Out, and Looking for Help!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The online 2010 Global Education Conference kicks off on November 15th for 5 days. As co-chair of the conference, I''m both nervous and excited! The conference has garnered incredible support--we currently have over 90 partner organizations , 120 international educator advisors , 36 keynote speakers , and over 300 worldwide presentations --all around helping students and educators to connect globally. Check out the amazing schedule in your own time zone.

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.

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. follow selectively because useless chatter & only FourSquare posts does not move the conversation forward. Twitter Comic Tutorial At-A-Glance Part Deux that coordinates to this blog is below- thanks!) Here are a few thoughts on how to decide to follow.

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.

Reusable cooking objects

Learning with 'e's

Recently a lot of emphasis has been placed on sustainability. Sustainable this, sustainable that. Here at the University of Plymouth we actually have a CETL - a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning - dedicated to Sustainable Futures. We have also seen a movement toward ' reusable learning objects ' (Erm, I have to confess that this has confused the hell out of me. For me, sustainable education might be about actually keeping students interested for a full 3 hours).

"Yes, Virginia, Libraries DO Twitter. "

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Sarah Milstein So many libraries and librarians are using Twitter! Sarah Milstein''s article in InfoToday paints a bright picture of how libraries are using technology to better serve their patrons. Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians) I especially like the sidebar describing Twittiquette for Institutions -- excellent advice! Here''s a list of Libraries using Twitter , compiled by Lindy Brown and updated recently (thanks, Lindy ).

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.

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." During my talk I spoke about two paths that a leader could take, telling people what they want to hear, or taking them where they need to be. This theme served as a catalyst for my discussion on leading change in the 21st Century.

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. QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education.

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. After create a lesson or unit, you can share your calendar and relevant documents with other teachers in your building or district, fostering collaboration.

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. Continue learning on my own as I already do or pursue another formal degree? I don''t have a deep desire to pursue a doctorate, although that may change with time. So maybe another masters?

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.

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! Click on the Badge to vote for SpeechTechie in the Best New Blog Category!

Grow Your Own Personal Learning Network

Nik Peachey

Well this is my first blog posting for quite a while, but I'm hoping to have a lot more coming up very soon. This is just a quick posting to share a session on building your own Personal Learning Network, that I did for teachers in British Council Bilbao recently (25th September 2010). The session was part of a larger conference that was happening all over Spain to celebrate 70 years of the BC in Spain. You can watch a recording my conference presentation here.

Thursday Live in Elluminate with Clarence Fisher - Teaching and Learning in a Networked World the

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, October 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Clarence Fisher. Winner one of Canada’s highest teaching awards, the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, Clarence has been called "one of the.master teachers of the twenty-first century" (by Dean Shareski, no less!). Date : Thursday, October 28th, 2010 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. Log in at [link].