Wednesday, March 27, 2013

50 top sources of Free eLearning Courses

50 Top Sources Of Free eLearning Courses

Whether you are looking for a master’s degree program, computer science classes, a K-12 curriculum, or GED study program, this list gives you a look at 50 websites that promise education for free. From databases that organize over 1,000,000 students throughout 16 universities, to a small library of documents for those interested in history, the opportunities for free online learning continue to expand as the Internet becomes a crucial component in education.

What makes EdTech Leaders Great

What Makes EdTech Leaders Great? - Technology Integration in Education

Originally Posted onEdTech Digest March 19, 2013 by Greg Limperis  Looking for edtech leadership? Look no further than these words of wisdom   Education technology leaders these days are in high demand. If you are looking for great edtech leaders, it helps to know what qualities to look for before deciding to settle on any one specific candidate. According to a Harvard Business Review article in 2004, a great leader needs more than intelligence, determination, toughness and vision—they also need a high degree of emotional intelligence, that is to say, the must also possess self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill.

Using Photos Legally Online

12 Most Picture Perfect Ways To Ensure You’re Legally Using Online Photos

For generations, a picture was worth a thousand words. Now, in the social network age, a picture is worth a few hundred likes, some +1’s, a handfull of retweets, stumbles, tumbles, pins, and shares of all sorts. Oh, and those original thousand words. Using images in our online work is crucial. It’s a visual medium and how better to tell your story or draw in your audience than with a compelling photo? But while some may be flattered you’re using a photo they took or image they created, most are not. Besides all the SEO and search-engine ranking reasons, using someone else’s work without their permission is not only wrong but also may be illegal.

School Leaders!

School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age | Edutopia

We all know that leadership is important in education. Without strong leadership, education initiatives tend to crash and burn. Consider professional learning. Leadership is one of Learning Forward's seven Standards for Professional Learning -- evidence-based standards that outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices and improved student learning.

Monday, March 25, 2013

7 Essential Tools for a Flipped Classroom

7 Essential Tools for a Flipped Classroom

7 Essential Tools for a Flipped Classroom By Erin Palmer The flipped classroom uses technology to allow students more time to apply knowledge and teachers more time for hands-on education. It’s a continually changing strategy that evolves with technology. Innovative educators are usually on the lookout for the latest technology breakthroughs that will help them better organize and conduct flipped classrooms. The following tools are listed from most basic to most sophisticated and can be used alone or in tandem to make flipped classrooms more engaging.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Total Disruption

An introduction to ATD- the new series by acclaimed documentarian Ondi Timoner, director of "Dig!" & "We Live in Public"

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Google Reader Alternatives

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives
Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives
Whitson Gordon

Google announced today that it'll be closing Google Reader's doors on July 1st of this year, meaning you'll need to find a new way to get your news fix. Here's how to export all your feeds and put them into a new reader.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Public "Education" has become indoctrination and distraction

“The graduation valedictorian speech of Erica Goldson featured in this YouTube video is certainly not your typical speech. She suggests that students aren't being educated—they're being tested for their level of compliance and obedience. Based on her experiences, she believes that school is primarily about short-term memorization, and that success is largely based on the ability to repeat what you're told. Her speech is then linked to Sir Ken Robinson's Changing Education Paradigms video, which I've also included below. Very interesting!”

How to Enforce Do Not Track in Firefox And Protect Your Privacy

How to Enforce Do Not Track in Firefox And Protect Your Privacy
Do Not Track has seen a lot of press in the last few months as more web users are becoming aware of just how web sites track their movement across the web. Most browsers, Firefox and Chrome included, offer a “Do Not Track” feature that tells web sites not to follow you around. However, several web sites ignore this direction and continue to follow you anyway.

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | Edudemic’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC. What are modern teachers to do with all this jargon and techno-babble being thrown at them all day long?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Free Technology for Teachers: Try Doctopus for Managing Google Documents
Doctopus is a Google Spreadsheet script developed by Andrew Stillman that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in in their Google Drive accounts. The basic concept behind the script is to enable teachers to quickly share documents with all of the students on a roster, monitor usage of shared documents, and give students feedback within that roster spreadsheet. I was thinking about creating annotated screenshots of the process of using the script, but then I found a couple of nice screencast videos on YouTube that walk teachers through the process of using the Doctopus script.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Steps to Mobile Learning

Thanks to Lucy Gray for sharing this.

School Leadership Summit - March 28th

The 2013 School Leadership Summit ( - The TICAL Community

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the inaugural virtual and worldwide School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013. This free conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. It is being co-chaired by Steve Hargadon, whose virtual educational conferences had over 100,000 attendee logins last year.

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic

Skype can connect your classroom to the rest of world with ease. There’s an entire site called Skype in the Classroom that’s packed full of useful ideas. As you can see in the above video, technology enables classrooms to connect like never before. Tools like Skype are some of the most important pieces of education technology out there, in my opinion.