Spice It Up! 6 Tech Tools to Transform Your Staff Meeting

Fractus Learning

I want them to be positive, collaborative learning communities, where ideas are shared and staff walks away energized. So, the staff meeting focus is now one of instruction, professional learning and sharing , and conversation, centered around topics to help move our school to the next level.

Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I read a great article on PBS Media Shift by Audrey Watters entitled " Why Schools Should Stop Banning Cell Phones, and Use Them For Learning." By the end of last school year many more teachers were incorporating mobile learning devices into their instruction.

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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices


While pushing students to learn outside our classrooms is a step in the right direction, how do we ensure that these experiences lead to deeper learning ? While ensuring rigorous learning experiences is critical, we also must be mindful that we run the risk of schooling students out of their curiosity. Document learning and thinking through blogging when the good ideas hit you!

Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

A Principal's Reflections

Mentimeter – Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls. Let’s use the power of social media to crowd source even more examples.

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Forging Ahead With Change

A Principal's Reflections

My school is a shell of what it once was when one looks at how far we have come in terms of effectively integrating technology, re-envisioning learning spaces, and providing a foundation for a more relevant and meaningful learning experience for all of our students.

The Seeds of Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks ago, I made a commitment to visit schools that are using social media, smartphones, texting, and other digital technologies, as a vital part of daily classroom instruction. Lastly, I used Poll Everywhere in my senior seminar the next day and it was a big hit.

Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Yes, I was the Principal at that time, but my perspective and philosophy as to what constituted a 21st Century learning environment was vastly different than what it is today. I was also adamant that social media had no place in an educational setting, but most of you who read this blog know about my radical change of mind in regards to this. technology, including social media. We also had to trust they would use their mobile learning devices (i.e.

Has Your School Reached an Edtech Plateau? Here’s the Key to Moving the Needle


Whether your role is as an administrator, teacher, parent, or student leader, if you’re reading this, you are probably interested in helping other school community stakeholders understand the power of technology in a teaching and learning environment. A common mantra I’m hearing from digital learning coaches and innovative administrators is that they feel the progress toward using technology tools in their schools has plateaued.

Here's what you missed at the MidWest Technology Conference 2014 #METC14


Social Studies: [link] - tons of resources on creating effective flipped videos. link] [link] [link] social media - @METCenews [link] Solution for a teacher Web site, assignment submission, and a dozen other things that we do in a dozen different ways, but all in one place.

Testing Giving You The Blues? Get Creative with EdTech Formative Assessments


There are so many ways that kids can creatively show you their learning in a timely and efficient manner, and ways teachers can conduct assessments that take away the testing anxiety that plagues so many kids. Is a sure way to get students to show all that they have learned.

Tools Harvard Computer Science Students Use to Collaborate, Stay Organized


And he’s spreading what he learns to the broader educator community, hoping what he’s learning from the CS50 experiment spreads beyond Harvard’s walls to K-12 educators working to fire up kids about computer science.

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

Educator Innovator

As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core literacy standards are popping up everywhere. Every student and every class has different interests, and the beginning of the school year is best spent learning about those interests and sharing your own. Common Sense Media Educator Innovator Blog Partners back to school Common Core interest-driven