How Oregon Educators are Integrating Google Tools

There is a great article in Education Week about how one Oregon School District dealt with the roll out of Google apps and parental concerns over privacy. It’s worth a read as we start the same process,if only to understand any concerns should they be raised here as well.

Click here to read the Education Week Article.


10 Mistakes We Make with Trying to Change Behavior

I was browsing around, trying to find some great educator blogs to share for this site, when I came across this slideshare from Stanford University, posted on the Adventures in Educational Blogging site, and had to re-share it with you here.

One of the mistakes I think parents and teachers make is not understanding how behavioral change works, something you might not come across unless you’ve taken a developmental or behavioral psychology class. We all want to change some of our own behaviors, as well as those of the and even significant others in our lives-but long term change is difficult- just look at how many people drop out of Weight Watchers, for example. We want to do the right thing, we intend to, but somehow, we get lost on the path.

This slideshow brings the common motivational errors we all make to light. If you want to read more about how to help kids make long term positive change, I would highly recommend Rick LaVoie’s Great Book- The Motivation breakthrough- 6 ways to turn on the tuned out child. He also has a DVD program you can purchase here.

Take a look at the slideshow, and take a look at the videos below from Rick LaVoie, to help understand how to help kids become more motivated to learn in the classroom.

Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools | MindShift



Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools | MindShift.

This is a great article answering some of the questions we all have about why some websites are blocked and others may not be, and the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  It’s something worth the time to read, if just to dispell the myths and rumors about what the CIPA says and what it does not say.

Tips for Google Reader

Google Reader can be a powerful tool for sharing information and articles found on the web, and sometimes, even I take it for granted.  Here’s a list of links about Google reader for those who are thinking of using it in conjunction with their classroom.

A PDF about Using Google reader in the Classroom with suggestions created by CUE and WestEd for Google.

Google Reader in 5 minutes or less:

Using Google reader to subscribe to websites (pdf)

Using Google Reader to Teach Collaborative Revision with Writing for Teens,a Weekly Reader publication (lesson plan, tips)

Step by Step directions for setting up Google reader for Classroom use


Educon 2.4 Registration is Open!

Educon is  an Education unconference located at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.  It’s one of the best education conferences I’ve ever attended, and it’s located in our backyard.  I really think of you are considering  making one spend on personal PD this year, this and the ASCD conference which will also be in Philly this year, should be at the tops of your list!!

What is EduCon?

EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.

And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas – from the very practical to the big dreams.

The Axioms

Guiding Principles of EduCon

  • Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
  • Our schools must be about co-creating – together with our students – the 21st Century Citizen
  • Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around
  • Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
  • Learning can – and must – be networked

EduCon takes place at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA on January 27-29th. It costs $150 to attend for non-School District of Philadelphia folks, and $100 for Philly teachers. Act 48 credits are available.

I have been every year, and I wouldn’t miss one.  Nationally known educators and experts such as Chris Lehmann, Gary Stager, Sylvia Martinez, Wil Richardson, Kathleen Cushman, Jeff Han and more have attended in the past, making it a great opportunity to really talk to some of the leaders in the educational space. You can check out a list of who attended in person and online last year by clicking here.  But at Educon, it’s not about celebrities- it’s about teachers talking to each other and sharing what works, and even discussing what doesn’t.  Don’t miss it.

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]




The folks over at Mashable put together this infographic on  how the web is changing education, as well as a brief history of e-learning.    Infographics are becoming popular ways to digest complex topics down to simple ones, and might be a great project to try with upper-level students.


How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC].

Case Study of Jefferson Parrish School

This is a great video about a school district looking at who they want to be- while this deals with integrating technology and is clearly sponsored by Cisco, I think it’s still worthwhile to see how the community has come together to do what’s best for kids.

Polyvision Board Resources

There are a lot of new Polyvision boards in the district, and a request was made to include some videos and tutorials here. In addition to the information in this post, we’ll add another page including other videos and information specific to the Polyvision Boards as we find it. If you’re having any specific questions or concerns, let us know and we’ll try to find resources. Please share any great resources you find as well, and we’ll post them on the Polyvision Page.

Links to Polyvision Resources

Polyvision: site tutorials On the Polyvision site, there are many great resources. You can sign up for free 45 minute webinars, held almost every day, on various topics around the Polyvision board. There are great video tutorials, and even a few case studies, such as the one involving the Upper Darby School District,. The case studies provide less instructional information and more feedback/reviews on how the boards are assisting instruction.

Polyvision has also set up a teacher community on a Ning site called “Bringing Learning to Life”. It has ongoing discussions set up for teachers at every grade level and every subject area. For example, one teacher posted an idea for a Webquest for music involving the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

The most useful section may be the video tutorials for the Polyvision Board, which you can get to by clicking here.

The Polyvision communities seem pretty new, and not as active as communities in Classroom 2.0 or Edutopia.

Qwizdom, a Polyvision partner, does have some curriculum and resources available on its site, that you can access by clicking here. We haven’t tested this yet, so any exploration you do we’d love to hear your results/feedback.

How to Use this Site

Don’t forget to check out the other pages on this site through the links above. On separate pages, rather than in the front-page blog posts, we’re going to try and create smaller information resources, like the videos on the Interactive Whiteboard page, to try to allow you to find tools to check out quickly and easily.

If you’re finding things are getting unwieldy, let us know right away. We’re trying to create a bit of an Ed tech library here, while keeping it as friendly and user friendly as possible. However, being geeks, we may occasionally fall into the trap of “Wow! Look we can cram more info into here!” so feel free to kick us if it starts to become overwhelming- we’ll only know if you let us know.

The year of the iPad in Education: they’re being distributed in more schools every day. | Emerging Education Technology




There is a great article online about how the iPad is being deployed across the country in Education.  While no one wants to go too gaga over any particular gadget or new technology, the iPad is a really interesting piece of technology with many advantages, many of which you can see on our  page dedicated to apps in education.   Check out the article if you have a chance- well worth the read.


The year of the iPad in Education: they’re being distributed in more schools every day. | Emerging Education Technology.