1. Adobe Reader mobile adds some great new features

      Adobe Reader for mobile has an update with some great new features. The new version for iOS and Android lets you sign PDF documents electronically, as well as annotate, comment, and fill out forms. The interface is also updated. You can electronically sign a document by simply drawing your signature with your finger on a touchscreen.   These […]

  2. Google Education on Air – free online EdTech Conference

      Education on Air is a free online educational technology conference from Google that will be held May 2nd, 2012, from 12-10pm (Eastern). It will be held using Google+ Hangouts on Air.   There are some great sessions planned on topics such as paperless classroom, assessment, robotics, digital citizenship, portfolio’s, and, of course, using different Google Apps in the classroom. […]

  3. Excited About the Upcoming Social Learning Summit on April 21, 2012

    Of all my personal learning network resources, I am most passionate about the Discovery Education Network (DEN) and Classroom 2.0. Now these two wonderful professional development platforms have partnered and are sponsoring the Social Learning Summit on Saturday, April 21. The conference theme is the use of social media and web 2.0 in teaching and […]

  4. 25 Free Resources from Discovery Education

    25 Free Resources from Discovery Education 1. New Teacher Survival Central – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/survival/index.cfm 2. Curiosity – explore and learn a variety of topics – http://curiosity.discovery.com/ 3. Clip Art Gallery – free clip art – http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/?pID=clipart 4. Energy Balance 101 – get and keep students healthy – http://energybalance101.com/ 5. The Road Ahead – energy lessons and […]

  5. Social Learning Summit – free virtual conference April 21, 2012

      Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network runs a variety of professional development sessions each year. These are usually online sessions with live meet-ups also planned. For this Spring, they are doing something different instead of the normal Spring Virtual Conference. The DEN is partnering with Classroom 2.0 to present the Social Learning Summit. Steve Hargadon, of Classroom 2.0, […]

  6. List of What Makes a Good Teacher – created by students

    This “what makes a good teacher” created by a group of high school students.   treat students with respect be enthusiastic know your stuff be available for extra help use multimedia resources and multiple resources for students connect with students/ form relationships interact with students- outside school activities, talk about their personal lives real life connections […]

  7. Business/Manufacturing ideas applied to education

      Business and Manufacturing Practices in Education. It’s not a new idea, but I’m not talking about treating students like a product. I’m talking about some business and manufacturing processes that can help with other aspects of education. I’ve written about this before, but covering different ideas.   United Technologies Corporation has a quality program called […]

  8. Google Announces Google Play – music, movies, books and apps

      Google has just announced Google Play. Google Play will combine the Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore. Google is describing Google Play as a “digital entertainment destination” combining apps, games, movies, music and books into one place.   All of your musics, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available on any device through Google Play. Google […]

  9. 11 steps to planning Professional Development

    Professional development is an important part of education and educator’s professional learning. Unfortunately, professional development is not always planned or delivered well, or is not relevant to the staff. Here are some tips for planning professional development:   1. Develop a professional development committee to plan and coordinate.   2. Demonstrate examples of classroom technology […]

  10. Adobe PhotoShop Touch for iPad2 now available

      Adobe announces the availability of Adobe Photoshop Touch for the iPad2. Photoshop is the premiere, industry standard, for photo editing and effects and having it available for the iPad expands it’s usability.   The Android version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, along with other Adobe Touch Apps, was launched on Android back in November 2011.   Photoshop Touch brings core Photoshop […]

  11. Discovery Education Science TechBooks – great resource – more than an e-text

      Discovery Education has a lot of great resources for educators, many free (over 30). They also have fee-based services such as DE Streaming with thousands of videos, audio files, images, lesson plans, and much more.   One of their other resources that I have been using lately is the Discovery Education Science Techbook.   The Discovery Education Science […]

  12. DonorsChoose – a great resource for funding classroom projects/supplies

          DonorsChoose is an awesome site, created by former educators, that allows educators to create a project idea, select the materials and equipment needed, and get funding for those supplies. The teacher fills out the project format and selects materials and then DonorsChoose does the rest. Donors go to the site (and the site is advertised) […]

  13. Vonage announces free iPhone and Android apps for calling and texting

    Vonage announces iPhone and Android apps that allow you to call and text message other Vonage Mobile app users for free, worldwide, on iPhone and Android. You can also call any phone number in over 200 different countries at discounted rates. You can even purchase calling credits through iTunes or Android market accounts. Calls will work over WiFi, […]

  14. 10 Tech Skills Every Student (and teacher) need to have

      Last month, I wrote “10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future.” After reading a few articles about specific tech skills, I thought I write what I think are the 10 Important Tech Skills Students Need.   1. Internet Search - students need to know how to do a proper internet search, using search terms and modifiers. This […]

  15. Quickly find free NASA educational resources

    NASA Educational Standards Quilts are a quick and easy way to find free NASA educational resources that align to National Math and Science Standards. The materials are available online for download and print, or you can order copies. The site starts with a menu of 5 quilts: Space Science, Mathematics, California Science, Girl Scouts, and More […]

  16. Helping Educators Get Started with Educational Technology

    Edudemic has a great article entitled “The Must-Have Guide To Helping Technophobic Teachers”. It explores ways to help non-tech savvy teachers get started using educational technology to improve teaching and learning. It has some great tips and points.   Over 2 years ago, I wrote an article entitled “Getting Started with Educational Technology” that also offered tips and […]