US Dept. of Ed starts #GoOpen, promoting the open licensing of educational materials

U.S. Department of Education Launches Campaign to Encourage Schools to #GoOpen with Educational Resources

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of #GoOpen, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. As part of the campaign, the Department is proposing a new regulation that would require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds to have an open license.

This welcoming news! I’m actually surprised this wasn’t a requirement of Department of Education grant funds before.

Using Bing in the classroom

3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom

Dr. Robert Dillon explains that, “School districts continue to look for partners with online resources that can keep their students safe.  It is clear that Bing is making this a priority.  In a time where data privacy is an essential part of the work of all Chief Technology Officers, it is good to know that there are quality options available.”

I am usually apprehensive about sharing sponsored posts, but this one has some things that Microsoft’s Bing does that are very cool, especially the lesson plans. Even if you are a Google Apps school, you can still use Microsofts resources. (For that matter, except for email, a school district can be signed up with Microsoft 365 and Google Apps for Education. 🙂

Twitter apps for professionals

4 Powerful Twitter Apps for Teachers Professional Development

To help you make the best of Twitter in your professional development, we are  sharing with you some of the best Twitter apps to  use on your iPad. The apps provide a plethora of powerful features that enable you to track real-time conversations, keep up with trending educational topics, create lists of influential tweeters in your field, view mentions, read direct messages and many more.

Tweetbot for iOS is one of the main reasons I can’t switch to Android. The way it handles Twitter lists is amazing!

Store your Microsoft Office files in Google Drive with the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

This Plug-In Puts Google Drive Inside Microsoft Office

If you use Microsoft Office on the desktop, you’ll know Redmond’s engineers are very keen for you to turn to OneDrive for all your cloud storage and syncing needs. But a new plug-in brings Google Drive into the mix, too. Here’s how to get it up and running on your Windows PC.

Google gives you unlimited file storage, so if you use Microsoft Office and your district is signed up with Google Apps for Education, then this would give you a quick and easy way to store/edit your Microsoft Office documents stored in Google Drive.

10 ways principals can use Twitter

10 Ways Principals Can Use Twitter to Enhance Stakeholder Engagement

I had the opportunity to participate in an intense, three-day social media boot camp facilitated by Debra Jasper and Betsy Hubbard, founders of Mindset Digital. They showed the participants a number of ways to harness the power of Web 2.0 tools to share stories, improve communication strategies, engage students, and improve instruction to meet the needs of today’s learners. What was even more significant is that they showed us how other educators were using these tools on a daily basis to make their teaching and learning visible to the world. It was overwhelming and exciting at the same time. I gravitated towards Twitter and have learned 10 ways I could use it as a building principal:


Stop the Walking Dead

Walking Dead In Schools: Faculty Meetings

Several weeks into the new year, I am already hearing the same horror stories. The stories of destroying culture and creating zombies. Yes, it’s near Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

What is it?

Traditional Faculty Meetings.

We know what they are, and we still subject our staff to it!  Yes, it’s where the leader lectures the staff from a piece of paper and takes an hour out of their lives that they will never get back.

Some great ideas on invigorating faculty meetings!