Thursday, February 12, 2015

You Can Learn Anything

Khan Academy is on a mission to unlock the world's potential. Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not.

Monday, February 9, 2015

VideoScribe on John Hattie's Visible Learning

Why are so many of our teachers and schools so successful? John Hattie a...

Professor John Hattie, has been Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. He was previously Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. His research interests include performance indicators and evaluation in education, as well as creativity measurement and models of teaching and learning. He is a proponent of evidence based quantitative research methodologies on the influences on student achievement. 
In his talk he presents results from his research on what really matters for the student achievements.
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)



Unpacking Formative Assessment, Dylan Wiliam

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.



Embedded Formative Assessment - Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam stresses the importance of formative assessment as a key process for increasing teacher quality whilst having the biggest impact on student outcomes. He looks at some of the popular initiatives that aim to increase student achievement, such as learning styles, and presents research that shows formative assessment practices have a much greater impact on educational achievement than most other reforms.



Mike Schmoker Webinar (Read, Talk, Write)

How to change education by going back to some basics Read, Talk, Write.



Sunday, February 8, 2015

What is the purpose of the MSBO Technology Committee?

The purpose of the MSBO Technology Committee is:
  • To provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern and/or interest to school technology managers and a mechanism for communicating those issues to MSBO and other member groups. 
  • To provide a mechanism for meeting the professional development needs for MSBO members responsible for managing technology in schools. 
  • To assist in promoting the efficient use of technology in schools, including creating standards for the management and application of technology. 
  • To serve as a resource for MSBO in helping all school business personnel understand technology in schools and how to use it properly and efficiently. 
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
  • Planning and conducting meetings of the MSBO Technology Committee. 
  • Evaluating laws, regulations and practices relative to technology and its use in schools. 
  • Communicating with state and federal regulators, through and with MSBO, regarding technology-related matters. 
  • Assisting MSBO in planning professional development activities for technology managers and staff and all school personnel on matters related to technology. 
  • Other activities as deemed appropriate by the Committee, in collaboration with MSBO. 
  • Liaison with other organizations that serve school technology managers. 
  • Serve as a model for policy and procedures in school technology. 


To learn more about the MSBO Technology Committee here is a link to further information.


http://www.msbo.org/technology-committee

What Can Ed Tech Certification Do for You?

A variety of programs can help K-12 technology professionals boost their knowledge and prepare themselves for the expanding demands of their jobs.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/02/what-can-ed-tech-certification-do-for-you.aspx

Introduction to redesigned Admin Console

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

10 Best Innovations at CES 2015!

Intel Compute Stick Looks to Make Your TV Smart - CES 2015

Intel Compute Stick http://www.mobilegeeks.com Intel is looking to make your TV Smart with the Intel Compute Stick, it is running an Intel Quad Core processor the Z3745 with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It is running Windows 8.1 with Bing and comes with an HDMI connector as well as a Micro SD 



What is a Chromebook - Explained

What is a Chromebook? Chromebooks are a very low budget laptop with Google's unique operating system on board. This video explains what Chromebooks are and in general its layout, overview, and what it can and cannot do. Hope this helps you.



LG Chromebase - REVIEW

LG Chromebase

LG Chromebase Unboxing & Hands-On

This looks like any interesting way to put a Chromebook OS in a computer lab.






Google Earth Pro is now free


Google Earth Pro is now free

Friday, January 30, 2015


Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today. If you're an existing user, your key will continue to work with no changes required.



Plan in 3D using Google Earth Pro

Whether you're planning a new office building or a trip to the mountains, check out Google Earth Pro and see how easy it is to visualize your world.

by Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager, Google Earth Pro

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I am the Director of Technology at a K-12 School system.