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The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: Teacher Tenure & Evaluation: A Progress Report

The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: Teacher Tenure & Evaluation: A Progress Report | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

New Jersey's overhaul of teacher tenure is now law, changing how educators are measured and evaluated -- as well as how they are rewarded and disciplined. More than two dozen districts are already piloting evaluation systems; the rest of the state must decide how it will fulfill the law in the next two months.

 

The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series brings together educators and key players to discuss progress so far, including the chief architect of the law, state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, and the director of education evaluation for the Christie administration, Timothy Matheney.


 Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Safe and Supportive Schools: Free resources for teachers to combat bullying from the USDOE to

Safe and Supportive Schools: Free resources for teachers to combat bullying from the USDOE to | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month this October, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released a free, two-part training toolkit designed to reduce incidents of bullying, for use by classroom educators.

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RightInbox: Gmail Scheduler Chrome app

RightInbox: Gmail Scheduler Chrome app | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

 Right Inbox will automatically send your emails specified time. Track your emails and get notified when it is opened. Integrates seamlessly with Gmail.

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Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files

Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Hello Sign can now be used to digitally sign documents that are stored in your Google Drive account. To sign documents in your Google Drive account install the Hello Sign Chrome app then authorize Hello Sign on your Google Drive account. Then when you want to sign a document open Hello Sign and select it from your Google Drive list of documents.

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Fax Compare's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:20 PM

Legally binding and FREE!

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Wireless Generation Offers Districts Free 'Gap Analysis' for CCSS Transition

Wireless Generation Offers Districts Free 'Gap Analysis' for CCSS Transition | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

A company that specializes in helping teachers teach more effectively through the use of education technology has launched a series of services to help districts prepare for the adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Wireless Generation has introduced a brief but comprehensive survey that will generate a free gap analysis to help districts understand how ready they are to make the transition to the new standards.

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Education Chief Wants Textbooks To Go Digital

Education Chief Wants Textbooks To Go Digital | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," he declared. It's not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It's about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust.

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Spirit of Innovation Challenge: Student teams combine creative thinking with STEM skills to solve real-world challenge

Spirit of Innovation Challenge: Student teams combine creative thinking with STEM skills to solve real-world challenge | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for teams of students to create commercially viable products or services to address issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity.This annual competition is free and available to students, ages 13-18, from around the world. The Spirit of Innovation Challenge offers teachers, parents and afterschool coordinators a relevant and dynamic way to teach science, technology, engineering and math. Along the way, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are available as virtual mentors to help teams Get Their Genius On.

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11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos

11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.

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Free Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Free Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Free K-12 “Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture" curriculum

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Common Sense Media does a suberb job developing onine curriculum to promote digital citizenship.  Check it out! 

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, January 19, 2013 6:53 AM

This is a great resource.

Jennifer Turner's curator insight, February 24, 2014 1:19 PM

This is a great way to introduce students to Digital Citizenship.  I teach in a computer lab, and this course is one of the first things we go over at the beginning of the semester. 

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@WendysHeisman is recruiting outstanding high school scholar-athletes to win $10k - Deadline 10/2/12

@WendysHeisman is recruiting outstanding high school scholar-athletes to win $10k - Deadline 10/2/12 | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The Wendy's High School Heisman Program is a high school award program which leverages the Heisman Trophy to create recognition for academic achievement.

 

Application deadline: 10/2/12 at 5:00 p.m.

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2012-2013 Education Grants Calendar and Directory

2012-2013 Education Grants Calendar and Directory | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

A great resource from the good people at Tech & Learning (www.TechLearning.com)

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Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX, Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time.

 

Google’s new Course Builder software comes on the heels of a massively popular online Google class ‘Power Searching With Google‘ hosted by Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.

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FLTechDev's comment, September 14, 2012 8:55 AM
This is interesting. We are going to look into this.
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40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students

40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

For some students the summer holidays are almost over and if you are looking for some great apps to ease up your way back to school here are some great science apps!

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50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Consider adding some of these 50 education thought leaders curated by Online College to your stream to keep it lively and interesting!

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80 Ways To Use Google Forms In Your Classroom

80 Ways To Use Google Forms In Your Classroom | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Google Apps are some of the most widely used tools in education today. From Gmail to Calendar to Image Search, they’re a big part of the current education technology model. In my experience, I don’t see enough written about how to use Google Docs / Drive in the classroom. This extremely powerful tool can do so much and it’s all free. Lucky for all of us, Tom Barrett has built a crowdsourced Google Doc (of course) of more than 80 ways to use the forms part of Google Drive in the classroom!

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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

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Ruth Vilmi's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:09 AM

I've made many more meaningful contacts through LinkedIn and Facebook. 

Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:22 PM

twitter alone might not be sufficient, as we (or most of us) not 'always online', we have to do other things. combining twitter with a mechanism to comb through the # and compile personalized feed, would be useful.

Catherine Smyth's comment, April 23, 2013 9:20 PM
I'm a fledgling tweeter but love the way Twitter ignites discussion and ideas within a professional community.
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10 Places to Buy Digital Textbooks Online

10 Places to Buy Digital Textbooks Online | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Digital textbooks provide a convenient and tree-friendly alternative to their printed counterparts. As a perk, they're also typically much less expensive than traditional textbooks. This article details ten of the best places to find digital textbooks online.

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Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest - Online application due by Oct. 31

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest - Online application due by Oct. 31 | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Students show how STEM can help improve the environment in their communities. Online application due by Oct. 31.

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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
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Stanford Unveils Free Platform To Run Your Own Online Courses

Stanford Unveils Free Platform To Run Your Own Online Courses | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Google and Stanford are more than just neighbors in Silicon Valley. They're becoming the leaders in the online learning revolution. And it's all happening fast and starting right about ... now.
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The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources

The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

The following links are perfect for bookmarking and referring back to if you’re looking to enhance your understanding of the world of education. These links are chosen and maintained by Gutman Library Research Services staff at Harvard GSE.

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5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers

5 Must-Have iOS Apps For Writers | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Check out these five top Apple applications for essay writing to make getting organizing and presenting your thoughts in a coherent manner a much easier process.

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Get your iPhone ready for iOS 6

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With iOS 6 coming very soon to an iPhone or iPad near you, now is your chance to clean out the stuff you don't use and prepare for the latest update. Read this blog post by Jason Parker on How To.

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15 Great Video Sites for Educators

15 Great Video Sites for Educators | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Some very good video sites for teachers...

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Bnahha Langarika's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:10 PM

Para aprender mas!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:42 PM

edgalaxy.com has a tag line 'cool stuff for nerdy teachers' this is me all over. Great videos worth spending the time having a look.

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:55 AM

The video sites  will broaden the scope of choices for educators striving to develop materials for students.