I had the privilege yesterday of leading the Smackdown at the 38th Annual School Administrators of Iowa Conference.

The links and resources were flying furiously, and we did our best to capture them all:


SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students, via @AngelaMaiers

YourSphere, a community platform that helps students connect, create & share their work via @AngelaMaiers

Common Sense Media. digital citizenship curriculum for students, reviews & advice for adults

Hello Slide – give voice to your presentations via @jenwoodley24

Voki, talking avatars, useful for ESL

Remind101, safe texting

FlipBoard, social magazine

MobyMax, vocabulary development

Flash Panel, Cloud Management for Google Apps  via @jenwoodley24

Blue Jeans Video Collaboration in the Cloud via @jenwoodley24

http://www.graphite.org/#.UgOdh9iCdaE.twitter Ingredients for Effective Teaching via @principaljgross

Symbaloo, bookmarking site utilizes titles via @ahuseman

Duo Lingo, Free Language Education for the World, via @jenwoodley24

Cedar Valley West School to Work, via @rcunningham78

Powtoon, A new kind of animated presentation tool  via @jensigirst

Sites for Resources:

Iowa AEA Pinterest Board via @iowa_aea

findingDulcinea via @AngelaMaiers

Cybraryman, Resources for all things cybrary via @ahuseman

NY Times Learning Blog, search by content area for lessons/stories via @jenwoodley24

Connected Principals, a network of principals via @jenwoodley24

Symbaloo – Shannon Miller’s Resources, via @jenwoodley24

Teaching Channel, videos of teachers teaching in real classrooms, via @ahuseman

FreeTech4Teachers, Emerging technologies/resources via @jenwoodley24

101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class, via @AngelaMaiers


Transforming your teacher librarian into a leader (Resources)

Transforming Your Teacher Librarian Into a Leader (Audio)

Iowa School Libraries: A Student-Centered Vision

Shaping a Vision for the Success of All Students


Ted 2012 Remix, via @AngelaMaiers

Hello Literacy, via @kimjtierney 

Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids (Iowa Public Radio)

Vision for Iowa’s School Libraries 

What Works: School Connectedness, a great resource on building a culture of excellence via @colinwikan

The 5 Best Practices to Consider When Using Facebook with Students via @crescerance

Jeff Bliss Remix- You Gotta Touch His Heart

West Monona Facebook page


Additionally, at previous SAI Conferences, I have been asked to share tools and resources that will be useful when adopting the Common Core. Here is a list of resources I’ve assembled with my colleague and partner Mark Moran, CEO of Dulcinea Media, creator of findingDulcinea and SweetSearch:


Evaluation of Online Material

Collaboration Tools

  • Wiggio: An free online collaboration tool that enables students to create groups, each with a unique web address, host web meetings, manage events, share files, send emails, text, send video messages and voice blasts.
  • Edmodo is a social network designed for students and educators.

Bookmarking and Note-Taking Tools

  • Evernote is a tool that helps students and teachers manage digital information. See the Evernote for Schools blog.
  • Symbaloo enables teachers and students to save their favorite websites as clickable “tiles” on a single page.

Tools for Students to Create and Publish Content Online

Blog platforms

  • WordPress is free blogging software widely used by professionals. WordPress.com is a free, hosted version, while WordPress.org is a more flexible version that requires your own Web host. This post explains the difference between them.
  • KidBlog provides teachers and students with a secure, private classroom blogging space.

Video Production

  • ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screen recording and editing software for the Mac.
  • Camtasia also offers screen recording and editing software for Windows and the Mac.
  • We Video is a collaborative video creation platform.

Video Publishing

  • YouTube Teachers makes it easier for teachers everywhere to find, make, share, and use videos educationally.
  • SchoolTube is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform for students and educators,and is endorsed by many national education associations.
  • Vimeo is also a video-hosting platform that provides lessons for making videos.


  • Prezi is a unique online presentation tool that enables students to create and share.
  • SlideRocket is also a collaborative online presentation tool.
  • SlideShare is a place to publish presentations; it is one of the most visited sites on the Web.

Search Engines and Other Discovery Tools for Teachers and Students

  • SweetSearch is a curated search engine that searches only 35,000 authoritative resources. It heavily emphasizes primary source materials in its search results.
  • Science.gov “searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.”
  • Europeana explores the digital resources of Europe’s cultural institutions.
  • Wolfram Alpha is a “computational knowledge engine” that is great for math and science. It has created a guide for educators, complete with examples of how it can be used in the K-12 classroom.
  • Twitter is a real-time discovery and interaction platform. Read Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom.


Advice for Teaching with Primary Sources

Websites, Directories, and Search Engines for Finding Primary Sources