Looking Back on 2011

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to take a moment and reflect upon the first year of Kleinspiration and see what has worked best for our audience.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a brief list of Kleinspiration’s most viewed posts for 2011.  If you’ve missed any of these posts, it’s a great time to take a look and see what you’re missing. 
It is incredibly gratifying that this post has become so popular.  The movement towards use of iPads in the classroom is very close to my heart, and the work that my students Bradley and Jarrod put into this video was nothing short of amazing.  I’m so excited that it was so well received.  Of the 300 posts presented on Kleinspiration this year, this one is my absolute favorite.
One of the very first Kleinspiration posts, this article showcases is a fantastic site that teachers have free access to.  Jill Brandeberry and I used this tool with our middle school social studies classes in 2011.  The site allows you to create a class and give your students access to relevant news that is interesting for their level. 
Tweet Tweet Tweet!!!  Any teachers who may be still a bit concerned about jumping into the Twitter waters, please check out this post for a simple walk-through on how to ease into Twitter
Lots and lots of great tools plus a fantastic presentation attached here from Mr. Tom Barrett, a Kleinspiration favorite.
If you have an iPad, you want Flash.  Learn how here.  The title really says it all on this one.
The most frequently viewed page on Kleinspiration was Tiny Tech Tips detailing the journey of two teachers working together from different grade levels to integrate technology into primary classrooms, ultimately leading to the birth of Kleinspiration, and coming full circle this past weekend as my daughter Riley was able to present some Tiny Tech Tips of her own at Eastern Michigan University’s Workshop on Digital Writing and the Common Core.


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