Monday, December 31, 2012

Join our eCourse and become a Connected Educator

Learning today takes place anywhere and anytime. To meet the needs of today's connected learner, today's educator needs to be fluent in new media literacies. The Teaching Online: Becoming a Connected Educator eCourse will prepare you to be an online professor, teach online courses in blended environments such as a virtual school, or teaching blended courses in traditional settings.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The History of English in 10 Minutes

A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. I compiled the videos into a film to make it a little easier to watch them all. While I do not own the originals. They originals are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Licence agreement. The origin webpage can be found here

Six famous thought experiments explained quickly

Knowledge in a MOOC

Success in a MOOC

What is a MOOC?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ray Kurzweil: Bad Memory? Not a Problem Unless You're a Robot.

The basic algorithms of human thought, Ray Kurzweil says, just aren't that complicated. From an observation about the weather to a sophisticated joke, cognition at every level operates according to a few simple principles. Researchers have gotten lost, he says, in the diversity and complexity of individual neurons and are missing the bigger picture.

Transcript - Well if we talk about what is it that we should train children and adults because I think we need lifelong education to do. It's not rote learning, which unfortunately it's still the model of education throughout much of the world. I think actually the United States is better than a lot of other areas interms of having more flexible approaches to what it is we're trying to get children to do.

Many areas of the world are really still have a model of education of rote learning, which is obsolete because we carry all that information on our belts. We don't need to remember it all. But we do need to be able to solve actual problems with knowledge. We need to find the right knowledge; yes, we have search engines to help us and the search engines will get better, but really need the right strategies to find the right information. We need to be able to create new knowledge.

Knowledge is doubling every 13 months by some measures.And knowledge isn't just a database. Knowledge is a symphony or a jazz band or a poem or a novel or a new scientific insight or an invention. These are also examples of knowledge. My philosophy ofeducation is learn by doing. Singularity University, which I co-founded with Peter Diamandis and I'm Chancellor of -- has that philosophy with the core curriculum is the students self-organizing into small teams and they take on a grand challenge like to solve the water problem of the world and maybe they will actually succeed indoing that -- the goal is to actually do -- solve major challenges inten years.

Or maybe they'll solve a piece of it, or maybe they won'tsolve it at all, but they'll still learn something. If I think about what I've learned in my career, it's from my own projects and whether they succeed or fail, that's really the best way to learn. And there's versions of that we can bring into every level. We certainly see many college kids started major revolutions, including political revolutions but also technological revolutions, with no equipment other than their notebook computer.

Directed and Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Meet the Presenters: Jay McTighe

Author Jay McTighe discusses "Our Time" -- an alternative to the current grading system. See his session at ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Chicago, March 16-18, 2013.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Faronics LabPro

Faronics LabPro empowers lab managers to make better decisions. It automatically tracks usage data for labs, computers, applications, printers, and more. This easy-to-drive solution eliminates manual tracking headaches and inconsistent data. Now you can be confident your lab data accurately captures the 'who, what, when and where'.

More info:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Competitive Evaluation of Three-stream 802.11n Access Points

Here is a paper on wireless Access Point Providers, here's a comparative performance analysis done by Syracuse Univ of Ruckus, Aruba, Meraki, Cisco, and Aerohive 3 stream systems.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Poll Everywhere - FREE Student Response System is a free student response system that uses cell phones as the response device. Learn how to quickly set up a poll.

InfuseLearning - iPad/Tablet Learner Response Solution

InfuseLearning - an all new virtual learner response solution. Check us out at

Solution Tree: Dylan Wiliam, Content Then Process

Check out Dr. Wiliam's books at Solution Tree:

According to Dr. Wiliam, the only way to raise student achievement is through sustained investment in teacher professional development focused on minute-to-minute, day-by-day formative assessment. Since effective implementation of such formative assessment requires considerable changes in what teachers do daily, it also requires the formation of building-based teacher learning communities (TLCs) in which teachers are held accountable and provide support for one another.

Damen Lopez, founder of No Excuses University, offers his main messages ...

+Damen Lopez, founder of No Excuses University, offers his main messages ... +Damen Lopez

KLT - Dylan Wiliam on the Importance of Communities of Learners

Education expert Dylan Wiliam comments on how KLT type programs creates communities of learners, which elevates student performance.

For more information visit the Keeping Learning on Track site:

Dylan Wiliam on Barriers to Teachers Changing

Dylan Wiliam believes that every teach can get better. Using formative assessment and the tools and techniques made available from programs like Keeping Learning on Track, teachers can

Every Teacher Can Improve

Dylan Wiliam discusses teacher quality and the fact that every teacher can improve. Creating a culture of continuous improvement in schools helps all teachers get better at what they do.

Blog by +Fred Sharpsteen

Student Centered Learning -- Talent Factories versus Talent Incubators

Dylan Wiliam discusses what is needed in schools today for student centered learning -- a shift from talent incubators to talent factories.

Unpacking Formative Assessment

Dylan Wiliam unpacks formative assessment, discussing the five strategies that make up a smart formative assessment strategy: setting learning intentions, questioning, feedback, activating self, and activating peers.

Early Childhood Adaptive Skills Assessment: Pre K - 3rd Grade (Children'...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and A...

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning can affect the brain. Read more about the topic, including how to use social and emotional learning to stop bullying, on our Edutopia website:

George Lucas Shares His Hopes for Education

The education visionary speaks about innovation in education and the critical need for businesses to better support educational programs, at the Dreamforce conference in 2007. Tip: Did you know you can "favorite" this video to bookmark it?

Salman Khan Describes Future Classrooms with Blended Learning

Educational technology pioneer Salman Khan maps how online learning tools can help physical classrooms evolve to become hubs for creativity and hands-on experiences, and how Khan Academy and the Discovery Lab summer camp fit into that big picture.

An Introduction to Technology Integration

Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creators of digital media, and helping them practice collaboration skills that will prepare them for the future. For more about technology integration, visit

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Biggest Internet Trends Of 2012

An Introduction to Technology Integration Tutorial

How to use to enhance instruction, study for content areas, allow student directed learning.

Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in 2005 and now contains over 400 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.

Stephen M R Covey on relationship trust and 13 behaviors of high trust p...


The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

Questions No One Knows the Answers to (Full Version) - Chris Anderson

Solving the puzzle of the periodic table - Eric Rosado

Published on Dec 12, 2012
View full lesson:

Inside a cartoonist's world - Liza Donnelly

iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7

The iPad Mini and Nexus 7 are competing in the smaller tablet space. People really like tablets of this size because they can be held with one hand, they can fit into a pocket (usually), and they're great for reading and web browsing.

The iPad Mini is the more expensive of the two, starting at $329 for the 16GB WiFi model. At higher price points, more storage and LTE connectivity is available. It has an A5 dual-core chip with 512MB of RAM. The display is 7.9" and 1024x768 resolution and 162ppi.

The Nexus 7 is just $199 for 16GB. You can double the storage for $249, then add HSPA+ data (coming soon) for another $50. It has a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU with 1GB of RAM. The display is 7.0" and 1280x800 resolution with a 215ppi.

PaperCut iPad / iPhone (iOS) Printing Demonstration

A point of view demonstration of the interface and functionality of the PaperCut Printing App.

With the launch of the iPad and other mobile devices schools and businesses are moving away from fixed technology and are looking for ways to make the most of their iOS investment.

The PaperCut print application brings the same papercut functionality and experience from your desktop environment onto your iPad.

This video covers setup, authentication, identity association, charging to shared accounts/departments as well as a tour of the PaperCut mobile interface.

For current updates on development and other news from the PaperCut team, follow us on twitter:!/PaperCutDev

For more information about copier control, print management and PaperCut MF visit:

Supporting BYOD student wifi printing with PaperCut

This is a demonstration of PaperCut's Web Print solution. It is a 100% driver-less and browser-based user printing solution and works by allowing you to upload your document to a server that then prints for you.

This tour is taken in an education context, to show you just how simple it is for a student to use. Web Print reduces the work required to support students printing from their own laptops, by eliminating domain and printer configuration (e.g. eliminate the need to join student owned systems to the Active Directory Domain).

When their laptop is connected to the wifi network, a student can access Web Print and start printing immediately. The PaperCut web user interface is accessible using any web-browser.

This demonstration covers browsing to the file and selecting it for upload to the server. PaperCut's Web Print allows for uploading many common document formats. All printing activity is of course tracked and controlled by PaperCut (e.g. print quotas).

Web Print data remains within the local network, and jobs are processed on the local server.

For more information you can visit PaperCut website for the product tour.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Bill Gates-11 Rules You Will Never Learn In School

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

From cell phone and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century.

Personal Learning Networks for Educators

Why educators should consider creating and participating in a personal learning network.


This was created by Jennifer Alman for the Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture class at Full Sail University, It highlights the features and benefits of using Twiducate for collaboration in an educational setting.

XPort Pro - The worlds smallest Linux networking server - Lantronix

"The Speed Of Trust" and how it is required in order to create collaboration

Stephen M. R. Covey at Lethbridge College

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Education System Transformation and the Deming Philosophy

How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless

This is a tutorial that walks through how to easily configure the ZoneFlex system to automatically provision, secure and classify users and their devices with your existing authentication server.

Technology Pilot Dr. Rod Rock and Mr. Shawn Ryan

Dr. Rod Rock and Mr. Shawn Ryan explain how Clarkston teachers are exploring and testing ideas for the use of technology in our classrooms. In classrooms across the district different technologies including, smart phones, iPads, iPods, netbooks, data projectors, streaming video, and the latest software are put to the test.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Socrative video introduction

Michigan 5-4-3-2-1 plan

Link to the Michigan 5-4-3-2-1 plan

This link will take you to the Michigan 5-4-3-2-1 plan for getting us ready for 2014 and the Smarter Balanced assessment. The easy steps in this plan are really the technical issues. The first hurdle is

5. One to One Access and Connectivity:
the cost of equipment has dropped and according to mores law will continue to cost have as much for twice the speed ever 18 months. We can see historically over the last 15 to 20 years that this has been true.

4.  Consolidation of Business, Data, and Technology Services:
Now we start to make it a little harder as these are people issues and systems issues and politics. But it can happen as long as people go into this with an open mind.

3. Teacher Capacity:
This is an issues that our Higher Ed has yet to address. Student leaving many colleges and the state has no requirement for student competency in 21st century learning skills and many are not exposed to it until they take a program in Technology education for a master degree.

2.   Digital Content and Assessments: This is the frame works for assessment and not a curriculum to get our students ready for there future careers. There is much work to be done here yet and only time will tell if we can get the different Silos in education to work together to create a learning environment that will sustain this.

1.  21st Century Learning Environments:
The holly grail of education and what does this really mean. Is it Personal Learning Networks (PLN)? or Project Based Learning (PBL)? or is it Collaborative learning. Yet it may be all the above in order for student to no longer sit in rows of chairs as a teacher lectures to them.

Here is the article that I based this Blog on
Bruce Umpstead is the State Director of Educational
Technology and Data Coordination, Office of
Education Improvement and Innovation, Michigan
Department of Education.

Monday, December 10, 2012

iPad mini: Big experience in a small package

Video hands-on with Google's new $249 Chromebook

Google's newest Chromebook, made by Samsung, only costs $249 and offers the same general performance of ChromeOS is a smaller, lighter package. How'd they do it? This model uses the

Android Video Conferencing

Polycom RealPresence Mobile app for iPad 2 demo

Code Academy Walkthrough

Code Academy Testimonials | Jessica Kim

Check out our interview with Jessica Kim (Founder & CEO of BabbaCo) to hear why she thinks Code Academy would be great for her business and for her own skillset.

Do you want a self paced programming course for your students that is free.

here is a site where you can have students do a self  paced course in programing.

Codecademy vs Kahn Academy Computer Science: EdTech TV #3

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Vint Cerf - Google Science Fair Opening Event

Get inspired and learn more about the Google Science Fair by watching a recording of a presentation by Vint Cerf, Google's Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, at the opening event on

Kevin Warwick: Google Science Fair interview

Interview with Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics, AKA Captain Cyborg.

Mitch Resnick: Google Science Fair Interview

In our latest interview, we chat with Mitch Resnick, a professor at the MIT media lab, about developing educational technology that is changing the landscape of learning with his Lifelong Kindergarten project.

Google Science Fair 2012: Everyone has a question. What's yours?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dr. Michio Kaku America Has A Secret Weapon

Dr. Michio Kaku speaks about how America's poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform high skilled technology jobs. As a result, America's H-1B Genius visa is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.
Full Video:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Wi-Fi Display AllShare Cast Hub - EAD-T10UDEGXEU

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Google Free Professional Development

Do you want to learn more about Google? Here is some videos. These sessions below were recorded on May 2nd, 2012.

Click on a topic that interests you to watch the video and learn more about the presenter.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ruckus comes out on TOP in Wireless survey of Michigan K12 Schools

Here is a chart of the results.

Technology Requirements for Smarter Balanced Assessments

Here is the link to the full article

 The consortium reported most schools in member states already have adequate technology infrastructure to administer the assessments successfully.   

Smarter Balanced minimum requirements for current technology include:
For Windows computers: Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Pentium 233 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, and 52 MB of free hard disk space;
For Mac computers: Mac OS X 10.4.4, Intel x86 or PowerPC G3 (300 MHz) processor, 256 MB RAM, and 200 MB of free hard disk space;
For Linux computers: Ubuntu 9-10 or Fedora 6, Pentium II or AMD K6-III 233 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, and 52 MB of free hard disk space;
For iOS devices: iPad 2 or 3 running iOS 6;
For Android devices: Android-based tablets running Android 4.0+; and
For Chrome devices: Chromebooks running Chrome OS 19+.

Smarter Balanced recommended minimum requirements for new purchases include: 
For Windows computers: Windows 7+, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 GB hard disk drive;
For Mac computers: Mac OS X 10.7+, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 hard disk drive;
For Linux computers: Ubuntu 11.10 or Fedora 16, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 hard disk drive; For iOS devices: iPads running iOS6;
For Android devices: Android-based tablets running Android 4.0+; and
For Chrome devices: Chromebooks running Chrome OS 19+. 

Devices should also have at least a 10-inch screen, a mechanical keyboard, headphones, and wired or wireless Internet access. IT administrators should also have tools to temporarily disable any features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration. Smarter Balanced noted that while these minimum requirements for technology are adequate to support student assessments, they may not meet minimum requirements to support student instruction. 

Fred Sharpsteen STM/MEd Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools
Director of Technology
2203 Wildner Rd. Sebewaing,
MI. 48759

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Not made by me,found it online,available for download on website

Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.

A Shared Culture

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education

Some thoughts on teachers, students and the Future of Education.
The book kid me is holding in the video is The Way Things Work. If there's a bookish child in your life, you should get them a copy:

Also I don't think that the idea of Digital Aristotle is sci-fi, but if you *do* want to read the sci-fi version, I highly recommend The Diamond Age:

Why a Louisiana judge ruled school vouchers unconstitutional

Why a Louisiana judge ruled school vouchers unconstitutional:

'via Blog this'

Disrupting Education - Making the Case for Change: Michael Horn at TEDxM...

My life changed when I had the opportunity to take a class from Clayton Christensen at the Harvard Business School. I went on to write a book with him, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, and found a company with him called Innosight Institute, which is a non-profit think tank that--yes, there is a theme here--applies Christensen's theories of disruptive innovation to help solve problems in the social sector. I am the executive director of the education practice at Innosight Institute, where I lead a growing team focused on transforming the education system into a student-centric one that can customize an education for the individual needs of each child.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Acknowledging Learner Variability

The UDL framework is based around individual variability. It can be seen across all three principles (representation, action and expression, and engagement), and there are many sources for this. In this revision we tried to emphasize variability where ever we could.

Enroll a Chromebook

Before you distribute Chromebooks to your users, you must enroll each device to associate it with your domain and the organizational policies you define. Important: You must enroll each Chromebook before any user signs in to the Chromebook, including you as the administrator.

Managing Chromebook Apps and Extensions

Socrative in the Classroom

Socrative video introduction

How to Create and to Administer a Doodle

Doodle: Calendar Connect

iOS vs Android Battle! - Soldier Knows Best vs Jon Rettinger - Soldier's...

This week we have special guest Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo. The two square off in a battle of iOS vs Android. Who wins? And Why?

iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7 - Soldier's Tech Battlefield

On today's Tech Battlefield, we're putting 2 tablets to the test: the Nexus 7 vs. the New iPad Mini. We're comparing the design, display, internals, camera, OS, applications, and price of both devices. Come find out which tablet comes out on top, and which you may want to buy! Do you agree with the winner? Leave a comment below and tell us why!

MeL for Students

Michigan E-Library (MeL) Tutorial for Educators

Oxford Foundation’s rewrite of the School Aid Act, Education Achievement Authority (EAA) legislation

Associate Executive Director Bob Dwan discuss the Oxford Foundation’s rewrite of the School Aid Act, Education Achievement Authority (EAA) legislation that could have far reaching impact on Michigan’s schools and providing a

Right To Learn - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan shares his thoughts on keeping the enthusiasm of teaching and learning alive in our schools. Honoring the work of teachers and giving state legislators the opportunity to move Michigan forward with thoughtful and progressive education reforms will foster good will and great schools for our state.

RDIF Tags in schools

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Clint Bogard on the Education Industry Ruckus

* What trends in education are driving Wi-Fi adoption?
* How does Ruckus address the high-density challenge?
* What's the benefit of getting the Wi-Fi controller out of the data plane?
* How can Ruckus handle video better than other Wi-Fi solutions?
* What's the Ruckus value proposition to an educational organization?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nexus 7: Pros and Cons

7 Things You Must Do On Your Google Nexus 7 Tablet

I will show you 7 things you must do if you own a Google Nexus 7. If you would like a guide to easily root your Nexus 7 follow this guide

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4: Review & Comparison of Price, Specs & Features

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4: Hands on Review & Comparison of Price, Specs & Features. Apple or Google? iOS 6 or Android Jelly Bean 4.2? So many questions to ask yourself if you're looking to buy a 10-inch tablet. We've gone through the screen quality, processing speeds and connectivity options to (hopefully) help you decide which tablet is best for you.

The Meraki Story

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Presentation about Metcalfe's Law

Keeping Pace with Cyber Experts

DeVry University Professor Bob Bunge consults with cyber security experts to understand the current demands they face, and to better prepare his students to enter the growing field after graduation.
Learn more at

Friday, November 16, 2012

How to Find Your Passion

Why I Flipped My Classroom

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius

This is an introduction to the book '30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius' by Simon Monk.

Fritzing - An Introduction

Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product. We are creating this software in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, developing a tool that allows users to document their Arduino and other electronic-based prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and to create a pcb layout for manufacturing.

Creating Makerspaces in Schools | Edutopia

Creating Makerspaces in Schools | Edutopia:

'via Blog this'

Ipad Classroom Management Tips

20 Million Thank You’s! | CK-12 Community Site

20 Million Thank You’s! | CK-12 Community Site:

'via Blog this'

Thursday, November 15, 2012

EdCamp Bluewater - Home

EdCamp Bluewater - Home:

'via Blog this'

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia:

'via Blog this'

Faronics Anti-Executable

PaperCut Mobile Print Release Application


 Keep up with Technology and Enjoy the Rewards - Joing MACUL Today! Top 6 Reasons to Join Six reasons to be a member of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL):

 Keep up with the ever changing world of educational technology.
Membership in MACUL provides you with four issues of the MACUL Journal every year. Each issue is focused on a theme, such as handheld computing, NETS Standards, online learning, and more. You also receive email updates and communications about the latest and greatest ways to integrate technology in teaching, learning and leading.

Stay connected and supported.
MACUL members are able to network with fellow educators across Michigan and the Midwest who share an interest in educational technology., Special Interest Groups, Listservs and special events offer opportunities to learn from others. MACUL also supports the membership through annually honoring our Teacher and Educator and Technology Coordinator of the Year. Your MACUL membership also qualifies you to receive discount rates for online courses from MyEdConnect, as well as discounted membership in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), connecting you with technology using educators across the world.

Stay informed.
MACUL members are always the first to hear about special workshops, grants, and other news that might take weeks to filter down through the information chain in your district. Through affiliation with ISTE, MACUL members are able to learn about how initiatives in Washington D.C. impact on Michigan classrooms.

MACUL members get the jump on signing up for state-wide opportunities for professional development managed by our organization. The MI-Champions program and the ATA Technology Academy offers workshops throughout Michigan and has trained thousands of educators to better use technology to improve student learning.

MACUL members can take advantage of many professional development opportunities, such as one of the Midwest's largest educational technology event, the annual MACUL conference. Special Interest Group workshops, held in various locations around the state, also offers in-depth training on a multitude of ed tech topics. Other MACUL conferences include the technology leaders conference, and the Upper Peninsula MACUL conference.

Find Resources.
Through the MACUL Grant program, MACUL members are eligible to apply for funding of projects demonstrating innovative uses of technology. These grants are offered only to MACUL members! The MACUL web site,, provides MACUL members with links to locate a wealth of valuable resources for educators.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Google Nexus 10 review - Google Samsung Nexus 10 tablet review

Samsung Nexus 10 hands-on review


How Schools Are Transforming Education Using Digital Learning & Technology

What Does Deeper Learning Look Like?

In this video, you meet the students and teachers of City Arts and Technology (CAT). The high school experience at CAT is entirely focused on supporting students so they can be successful in college, career and life. Staff and students alike are very focused on creating an understanding, a culture, and an expectation of college-going. At the heart of the school's approach to teaching and learning is the school's unique deeper learning assessment system.

CAT's student assessment requires students to demonstrate mastery not only in academic content knowledge but also in those key competencies mentioned above—the same competencies that researchers, education leaders and business leaders say are essential for the twenty-first-century global workforce. Pay close attention to the part of the video that focuses on the graduation portfolio.

CAT opened in 2004 and is a thriving hub of project --based learning, rigorous standards, student and teacher collaboration, and community engagement. The building is literally humming with activity. The student population is 60 percent students of color, 57 percent first generation college bound, 51 percent free or reduced lunch, and 6 percent English Language Learners. Situated atop a hill in a tidy working class San Francisco neighborhood, it fits just perfectly....exactly what a neighborhood high school should be.

CAT is part of a small network of schools called Envision Schools. Envision is a charter management company based in Oakland that operates four college prep public charter schools. In total, these four high schools serve 1,300 students. Sixty-one percent of all Envision students are what they call "First Generation College Bound." Envisions is proud to share that 95 percent of their 2008 graduates were admitted to college and have stayed in college—a very important distinction considering that less than 60 percent of all students who enroll in college earn a bachelor's degree within six years per the U.S. Department of Education.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

See what it's like to go Google

"Going Google" is a new way to talk, share, work and get things done together using products like Gmail, Google documents, and Google Drive.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Positive Discipline Strategies Yield Quick Results

Classroom disruptions decline dramatically when kids are held accountable for their behavior to both their teachers and their classmates. For more videos, articles, and downloads from Edutopia's coverage of SEL in Jefferson County, visit

Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its technology-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests. Find more videos from Edutopia's YouTube Channel:

Monday, November 5, 2012

16 New iPad tips 2012

Using the iPad to teach the math concept "before"

How to Use iPads in the Classroom

This is an overview of a classroom literacy project where students used iPads to create their own Digital Documentary.

All of the student-created animal videos can be viewed at:

Apple education learning with ipad us

PBS Videos and how they have change the world of personal learning

PBS has over the years brought learning alive here is an example of the power of learning with video. We all learned about Galileo in school but wouldn't this have made it more interesting.

Nicholas Negroponte - 21st Century Challenges series

This talk is taken from the 21st Century Challenge event 'Digital Technology in Africa' -- exploring whether the internet, mobile phones and laptops can offer the countries of Africa realistic educational and economic opportunities?

Professor Nicholas Negroponte is Founder and Chairman of the One Laptop Per Child non-profit association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages.

This video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, which allows you to download and share it as long as it is credited, but you cannot change it in any way or use it commercially.

TEDx Brussels 2010 - Nicholas Negroponte - Schools without Schools

Nicholas Negroponte is the founder of the The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, which is one of the most ambitious educational reform initiatives the world has ever seen; with the mission "to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.
He is also well-known as the founder of the MediaLab at MIT, the Wired columns and after his bestseller Being Digital.

Solve for X: Nicholas Negroponte on learning by themselves

Solve for X is a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.

Few people question that education is the most critical problem for the world to solve - both in the developed and in the developing worlds. The temptation is to see this as purely as a policy question and not as a technology challenge. What if you just asserted it was possible for a device to be smart enough, cheap enough, rugged enough, and connected enough that it could be dropped into any village square and could not only teach children how to read, but teach them how to learn and inspire them that learning was fun. What would that take?

Nicholas Negroponte founded the MIT Media Lab (1980), WiReD Magazine (1990), and One Laptop per Child. Nicholas has recently launched a reading experiment to learn whether poor and remote kids (5-10 years old) can learn to read on their own with a solar powered, Android tablet suitably loaded with immersive and constructionist material.

TEDxSanAntonio James Bower Never Mind Textbooks The Case for Virtual Edu...

Speaker: James Bower, PhD

Title of talk: Never Mind Textbooks: The Case for Online and Virtual Educational Tools

About this talk: Did you ever wonder why science, math and physics are taught as separate classes instead of one integrated subject? It's because our ancestors had to teach from printed books and couldn't fit all the information in one tome, James Bower says. We don't have those constraints today, and Bower argues that it's time to ditch the books in favor of the Internet and computers, which offer a more robust, interactive type of learning.

About James Bower: An established neuroscientist and professor of computational biology, Bower is also the CEO of a company that founded, a virtual world where millions of preteens learn about math, energy management, and more. "You may not know what a megawatt hour is, " Bower says, "but the kids on Whyville not only know what it is, but also how to use it." For more information on Bower:

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Video Opener by Rod Guajardo Music: MUSICXXX Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0.

BioDigital Human: 3D Anatomy Tools

2nd installment of the BioDigital Human Introduction series. Fly through human organs with your mouse. View the body structure intersections from any conceivable perspective. Cross-section by three anatomical planes, dissect down to the neuron and isolate any single structure in the human body. Then share, bookmark and print your location! The BioDigital Human includes education, navigation, reference and save/share tools to allow medical students, healthcare practitioners and manufacturer sales reps access 3D data visualization of the human body.

Personal Trainer Math for the Nintendo DS

Over the shoulder demo for Personal Math Trainer, $20 for Nintendo DS.

Furby Interactive

Brace yourselves, Furby is back and ready to amaze and entertain with a mind of its own! The more you play with Furby, the more its personality will be shaped by these experiences! Groom your Furby into being the best companion they can be! Buy it here

VTech InnoTab 2

Your little one can get interactive with the VTech Innotab 2 and enjoy the educational games, fun activities and eBooks that this multimedia learning touchscreen tablet offers. The Innotab helps to develop all-important core skills in reading, spelling, maths, logic and creativity with fun activities and access to an e-reader, video player and photo viewer. What's more, parents can download additional games and learning apps from the VTech Learning Lodge Navigator site through their PC. Buy it here

Georgia Launches 'Future Classes' Around the Country

From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report in Special English.

Children starting school in Georgia this year have another reason to be excited. They are receiving computers they can take home with them.At a public school in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi children are receiving netbook computers. Educational officials say the children will learn more and develop better computer skills if they can bring the technology home.The hope is that computer technology will become second nature to these children.The Georgian government is paying for the project. It has spent about 5.5 million dollars on 50,000 Georgian-made netbooks. The computers are being made in an Algorithm computer factory based in the capital.But the netbook computers are only part of the education upgrade. Georgia is also offering what it calls "future classes." They have been opened in 80 schools around the country. These classes are fully equipped with modern technology. There are no pens, pencils or note books.Future classes use interactive smartboards and monitors instead. So students learn and study using this up-to-date technology. Students also can study the electronic version of past lessons without going back through stacks of papers. All "Future classes" are connected to each other digitally so students can compare work and chat about the subjects they study. The deputy minister for education says the netbooks are not meant to replace school books. She says they just want to give children an up-to-date and relevant education. And she adds that schools need to prepare children for modern-day challenges, by exposing them to modern-day technologies.For VOA Learning English, I'm Laurel Bowman.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Email as a tool to comunicate with parents

Practical Advice for Teachers about Emailing with Parents

This link talks about how educators comunicate with Email to parents. It offers some sugestion on making student learning into a positive conversation through Email.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Tour of Met Center Dennis Littky See 1:20 TRANSCRIPT charter schools

TEDxManhattanBeach - Tom Vander Ark - Innovations In Education

TEDxNYED - Dennis Littky

Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning and the Met Center in Providence. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As an educator, Dennis has a reputation for working up against the edge of convention and out of the box, turning tradition on its head and delivering concrete results.

Projector Mode on the Desmos Graphing Calculator

Introducing the new Desmos Calculator

The new Desmos Calculator...
- is up to 15 times faster
- makes it easy to share graphs by email
- lets you embed a thumbnail into a blog or math forum
- has a redesigned options tab with Projector Mode & Pi Labels
- lets you add textboxes to explain the amazing things you're making
- makes Points of Interest automatic for any selected expression
- click here to try it out, or download our new user guide

Let us know what you think about the new updates: or tweet us @Desmos.

Happy graphing!
Team Desmos

Ten Common Mistakes Made by Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Administrators

Ten Common Mistakes Made by Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Administrators

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gmail New Compose

TEDxNYED - Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins joins USC from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MITs Comparative Media Studies graduate degree program from 1993-2009, setting an innovative research agenda during a time of fundamental change in communication, journalism and entertainment. As one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content, Jenkins has been at the forefront of understanding the effects of participatory media on society, politics and culture. His research gives key insights to the success of social-networking Web sites, networked computer games, online fan communities and other advocacy organizations, and emerging news media outlets.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

TEDxNYED - Heidi Hayes Jacobs

As Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., Dr. Jacobs is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction. She has served as an education consultant to schools nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction, and 21st century strategic planning.

TEDxPhilly - Chris Lehmann - Education is broken

Chris Lehmann introduces a revolutionary idea in education: Encourage learning by allowing students to do things they are good at instead of restricting them. While that may sound elementary, Lehmann's speech carves out an innovative way to teach students success so they will strive for success in the post-graduate world.

Hailing from Manhattan, Chris Lehmann is breathing fresh air into the Philadelphia School District by providing immediate feedback to teachers using an iPad, asking teachers to practice kindness in the classroom, and promoting a student-centered school.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPhilly, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxPhilly event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

TEDxNYED - Gary Stager

Flipped Classroom why should I try it.

miGoogle Educator Conference

Today, Emily and I took a trip from Michigan State to the Michigan Google Conference. The sessions we attended were geared to inspire and excite educators with new ways to incorporate web-based technologies into the classroom to engage students with active learning. They included workshops on Google products such as Docs, Sites, Calendar, Blogger, Plus, Hangouts on air, as well as deeper sessions for more experienced users. Sessions on the management and technical deployment of Google Apps for Education were also available. Hope to see you there next year!

Running a school on Google Apps Webinar

32 ways to use Google Apps in the classroom

iPad Mini vs Nexus 7

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4

Google now stands ready to upstage the iPad with the launch of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 with Android 4.2

Photo: is a Youtube Screenshot
Google now stands ready to upstage the iPad with the launch of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 with Android 4.2

Google now stand ready to upstage the iPad in education with the release of the google tablet that has the true ability to have multiple users on one device. If your district doesn't have the funds to go to a one to one learning device then there are huge short comings in the Apple iPads.
The Nexus and the newest version of the operating system, they have added support for multiple users (for tablets only), with individual home screens  backgrounds, widgets, and apps. Devices running 4.2 will also be able to share their screens wirelessly with any HDMI-enabled television with a wireless adapter.

Google will release the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and an updated version of the Nexus 7 November 13. All three devices will run on Android 4.2.

Designed in collaboration with LG, the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 768 touch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2 GB of RAM. So Not only can you get all this in a tablet but you can get it in a smart phone version.The newest Google smartphone also sports wireless charging, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1.3-MP front facing camera, GSM/HSPA+ compatibility, and near field communication connectivity (NFC or Android Beam), which allows users to share media and information by touching the backs of their devices together.

With a 10.055"-screen and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, the "Nexus 10 is the highest resolution tablet on the planet," according to information released by Google. Designed in partnership with Samsung, the Nexus 10 features a 9000 mAh Lithium polymer capable of up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.Other features of the 603-gram tablet include:

A dual-core Exynos 5250 processor
A 5-MP rear camera and a 1.9-MP front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and NFC wireless connectivity, and 2 GB of RAM.

The 7-inch Nexus 7, originally released in July, is now available in 16- and 32-GB versions, as well as a third option, which combines 32 GB of storage and cell phone capability.
All the new devices will run on Android 4.2, a new version of Jelly Bean announced in conjunction with the phones and tablets.

The newest version of the operating system adds support for multiple users (for tablets only), with individual homescreens, backgrounds, widgets, and apps. Devices running 4.2 will also be able to share their screens wirelessly with any HDMI-enabled television with a wireless adapter.
Other features of the upgraded OS include:

The ability to create "photo spheres," which are similar to panorama pictures, An improved keyboard that allows users to slide their fingers across the keyboard rather than pecking at each letter, Improved dictionaries and text-to-speech capabilities, and Google Now, a service designed to anticipate useful information and deliver it to your device automatically.

TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast's spoken words, Gary Malkin's musical compositions and Louie's cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and "slice-of-life" photography - the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America's Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney's California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures' feature film release America's Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures' new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

TEDxNYED - Alan November

Alan November is recognized internationally as a leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been a director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. As practitioner, designer, and author, Alan has guided schools, government organizations and industry leaders as they plan to improve quality with technology.

TEDxNYED - Will Richardson

A parent of two middle school-aged children, Will Richardson has been blogging about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at He is a former public school educator for 22 years, and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice, a unique long-term, job-embedded professional development program that has mentored over 3,500 teachers worldwide in the last four years.

The Future - Will Richardson

Read/Write Web with Will Richardson Part #2

Read/Write Web with Will Richardson Part #1

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Parents push for open education when their children are in need |

We need to think different about students that struggle in traditional classrooms. They may not fit our idea of what and how a student should learn. This article from talks about Thomas Edison one of the great minds as a child was thought of as a slow learner and not able to learn. We know now that he just thought different then most people. In a book wrote by Thom Hartmann called, "The Edison Gene" he says, "that people like Thomas Edison may hold immense value to human evolution and possibly the key to survival of the human species due to their open mind and creativity, despite symptoms or a diagnosis of ADHD. Instinctively Nancy Edison knew that her son had tremendous potential and that his creativity and inventions had immense value. She encouraged her son to learn by doing. And she never considered her son's hearing impairment to be a barrier either."

For the full article go to this link
Parents push for open education when their children are in need |

Monday, October 29, 2012

Edmodo passes blackboard and has almost caught up to Moodle

Here is a listing of the top 20 most popular LMS system with Edmodo moving up the list quickly. Blackboard was the system of choice till Moodle showed up.

Making Teacher Evaluations Meaningful: Charlotte Danielson

Using Evernote on iPad to do Teacher Evaluations

Google Forms for walkthroughs - Using the iPad

GoObserve iPad Demo

John Kotter's Leading Bold Change (Our Iceberg Is Melting)

John P. Kotter, Our Iceberg Is Melting

More videos from LeadWithLove (playlist)

Manager vs. Leader

Leaders vs. Managers

Managing Negative Responses to Change

Organizational Change Management

This video illustrates how to manage change within your organization in this rapidly changing economy. Organizational Change, Performance management, metrics, slas, organizational alignment, methodology, business objectives, planning, strategy, Swot analysis, employee performance, key processes, standardization, risks, KPIs, data quality, quality management, reporting, project, decision making, customer satisfaction, business intelligence, scorecard, dashboard, best practices

Friday, October 26, 2012

Credit Recovery Solutions

Server Consolidation Successes with VMware

Quote ~ Alvin Toffler

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ” Alvin Toffler

What is a browser?

A Google a Day in the classroom

Avoid Common RTI Mistakes #5

Can I take home this book?

STAR Enterprise

Andrew Carnegie - Top 10 Quotes

The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Android App schoology

WebQuest Pitfalls

Dr. Bernie Dodge, professor of Educational Technology ( at San Diego State University, describes what makes for a good WebQuest, and how to avoid common pitfalls. A must see for any teacher or instructor designing and building WebQuests for their students.

What is a WebQuest?

Dr. Bernie Dodge, professor of Educational Technology ( at San Diego State University, describes how he invented the WebQuest, why they're so useful for students and teachers, what a WebQuest is and isn't, and how to go about creating your own WebQuest.

More videos from jenserz1 (playlist)

Classroom Blogging

Prezi In The Classroom

Take a tour of Thinkfinity!

What's It's your go-to site for thousands of premium lesson plans, interactives, videos, a new Community site and Professional Development from education's experts.
And yes, covers all the core subject areas.
And yes, it's all free...
Students, teachers, library media specialists, parents, afterschool program
providers, homeschoolers and anyone interested in teaching and learning can
tap the learning power of this growing collection of standards-based resources.

The Future of Learning

Learning has been transformed as the hyperconnected world is now able to be integrated with teaching. The Nortel LearniT Lesson Plan Builder empowers educators with the tools to create, modify and use to maximum impact, technology infused project based learning. NOTE: To download a high-resolution version of this video, please visit:

Welcome to Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson: By Teachers, For Teachers

Developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, Share My Lesson is a free platform that provides high-quality teaching resources and an online community where teachers can collaborate with each other. To learn more visit

Sal on AirTalk talking about his new book

Sal talks with Larry Mantle about The One World School House (