The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we all share through our blogs and social networks. Teachers Pay Teachers Items : tons of teachers have donated some of their best selling and most creative lessons, units, and activities from their personal stores!

My Personal Learning Network

Learning with 'e's

I was asked by Grainne Conole to record a short video on my views about Personal Learning Networks, VLEs vs PLEs and other related topics, as a contribution toward her unkeynote with Ricardo Torres Kompen for the PLE conference in Aviero, Portugal this week. Well, here it is, as a short 3 minute video on YouTube: My Personal Learning Network by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


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6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs

The 21st Century Principal

“We now live in a world where even twelve-year olds can create their own global classrooms around the things about which they are are most passionate,” writes Will Richardson in an essay entitled “Navigating Social Networks as Learning Tools.” Richardson adds this about our students, “Most of them have no adults, neither teachers nor parents, in their lives, who can help them see and employ the learning potential at hand.” Personal learning network cultivation.

If you think a personal learning network is an echo chamber you’ve missed the point.

The Innovative Educator

High school math teacher Crystal Kirch used her blog to ask for help with her biggest struggle this year: "My students don't know how to learn. She also explained that her public blog was solely for her Personal Learning Network (PLN) which defines as only those who agree with her views. crystal kirch Personal Learning Network

Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN)


Today at the Spring TCEA TECSIG meeting, Kim Garcia and I are presenting on Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network in one of the breakout sessions. Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network Hope this is helpful to the participants and others who may find their way to this post! Below is a link to our Livebinder with resources for the presentation.

Connectedness as the Standard

A Principal's Reflections

My personal and professional journey in this area is well documented and something that I regularly present on. couros/79 9 Here is my quick list of reasons why all educators should become connected and form their own Personal Learning Network(PLN) : We become the epicenter of our learning and determine what, where, and when we want to learn. This makes the learning process meaningful, relevant, applicable, and convenient.

DENny Award Winners 2012 - Discovery Educator Network Awards

Educational Technology Guy

Last night was the DENny Awards 2012, the annual awards where the Discovery Educator Network and Discovery Education honor DEN members for their efforts throughout the years. I was honored to have won a DENny for "PL DEN", a play on PLN (personal learning network), for my work sharing and connecting with other educators about Discovery Education resources on social media and the DEN blog for the CT Leadership Council.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0 There’s only so much info a person can take in!

3 ISTE Points Worth Mentioning.


click the image to view the full flyer ISTE 2012: San Diego, California Point 1 : "Collaborative Mentoring for New Teachers" I''m so excited to attend ISTE this year. I am even more excited to connect with so many friends that I collaborate with through personal learning networks, like Twitter. collaborative mentoring for new teachers ISTE 2012 iste newbie project iste san diego iste12 sir ken robinson teachercast technology conference

How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

According to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, “Teachers must learn to model connectedness and enable students to develop personal learning networks, made up of people and resources from both their physical and virtual worlds but first, teachers must become connected collaborators themselves.” They seek out professional development and learning that meets their individual needs. They use the crowd to learn more about the craft of teaching.

Social Media Guide and Resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. There are many different social media networks, and lots of ways to use them. free resources social media social network Social Media is an incredible resource for education. They can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues.

Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections

As I began to piece together resources on Personal Learning Networks(PLN’s) , I lost track of time and ended staying up well past my bedtime. This led me to begin to brainstorm many ways in which educators could utilize this resource to enhance teaching and learning. I think in time Pinterest will evolve into a powerful component of educator''s Personal Learning Networks.

Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

Educational Technology Guy

Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. The article details how a principal has created the same kind of atmosphere for the teachers, giving them time each week to come up with interdisciplinary projects, new assessments and ways to integrate technology into their students'' learning. Google has a unique idea, called the 80/20 rule.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…


This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. This is their science project… Cell Project – 2012. But… When asked what they learned, both students replied: “We learned to look up a picture, copy it and label.” Because our students should be thinking, learning, understanding and creating. Life is messy, and part of our job is to help students learn to navigate through life.

Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. These schools and educators, whether they realize it or not, are not only enhancing the teaching and learning process, but they are also providing their learners with essential skill sets pivotal for success in today’s society. To truly create an innovative culture of learning we must not fear failure either.

Skills for Learning 2.0

Learning with 'e's

I have been thinking and writing about ' Learning 2.0 ' for some time now. This is the argument that there has been a paradigm shift in the way students learn - from 1.0 This shift seems to run parallel to the development of the web over the last decade, and resonates with many who observe 21st century, digitally mediated learning in all its forms. One of the most valuable assets a 21st Century learner has is their personal learning network (PLN).

So.You Wanna Use Voicethread

The Web20Classroom

Here is one I did a while back asking for my Personal Learning Network (PLN) to give me ideas on what their PLN means to them? Literary review Here are my favorite resources for learning about and using Voicethread in the classroom: Using Voicethread For Digital Conversations -My friend Bill Ferriter has some great student examples of Voicethreads as well as some guides to download to help students through the creation process and to walk them through commenting.

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Great Reads for School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

I wanted to read not only for pleasure, but also personal and professional growth. Image credit: [link] After reading five books this past summer, a personal record for me, I can honestly say that I exceeded my goal. It is safe to say that my choices, based in large part to recommendations from my Personal Learning Network (PLN) have had a profound impact.

Twitter: A Tool For All

A Principal's Reflections

I am constantly advocating for other school leaders and educators to embrace this powerful tool to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a positive brand presence, grow professionally through the formation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN), increase student engagement, and discover a world of opportunity. Check out the archive HERE and learn how you can easily and freely harness the power of Twitter.

Welcome Back! Some great resources to get your school year started

Educational Technology Guy

Advice to New College Graduates about to enter the Teaching profession Summary of new teacher tips, urban schools issues, technology resources My Favorite Resources for Teachers and Students Evernote for Education Resources - the ultimate note taking, web clipping, lesson planning resource Create a Personal Learning Network - a PLN is an excellent resource for help, advice, and sharing ideas. Welcome back to school!

So.You Wanna Be A Blogger

The Web20Classroom

This is a space for me to reflect, share, learn and grow with anyone who stops by. There are lots of customization options too that allows a lot of flexibility to personalize your space. They are your personal space on the Internets. but I touch on Leadership, Education Reform and some personal stuff too. Using Blogs As A Part Of Your Personal Learning Network -Blogs are a great way to keep your finger on the pulse in your area or in education in general.

Why Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this social networking tool Twitter a try. As I became active on Twitter members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) began to suggest that I start a blog. No one person or group has all of the answers. There might not be a better conduit for learning from practitioners or medium for public relations than blogs.

Help Support The ISTE12 Newbie!

The Web20Classroom

For three years in a row she tapped into her personal learning network to raise money to send three different Newbies to ISTE. The Newbie for ISTE12 is one of those rare people who has found a way to give more than he/she takes from his/her personal learning network. This amazingly generous person deserves everything we can do for him/her and more.

Connect, Share, Learn

A Principal's Reflections

Through connected learning and sharing, I have become better equipped to lead change at New Milford High School and to begin to transform the teaching and learning process. Image credit: [link] Make no mistake; the knowledge, resources, ideas, strategies, and feedback that I receive from my Personal Learning Network (PLN) have had such a dramatic impact on me as an educational leader.

Education World: Top 25 Blogs for Education


After skimming through the top 25, I was also excited to see many of the blogs I already follow - including blogs in which I''m personally friends with the author. Through these networking platforms, I have gained a wealth of knowledge to support my practice. As a new teacher, I am thankful to my network of friends and colleagues for supporting innovation and student-centered learning with a hands-on approach.

Discovery Educator Network Open House Sept 10-14. Great free resources!

Educational Technology Guy

The Discovery Educator Network is an awesome, free, resource for educators, filled with other educators. I''ve met some great people in the DEN and learned so much. It''s a great Personal Learning Network for any and all educators. September 10 - 14, 2012 the DEN is having and open house to share resources and how the DEN can benefit educators. Discovery Education Discovery Educator Network free resources

Hey Michigan - Happy Social Media Day! #smday


Michigan has a strong social media presence, yet no one contacted me (nor any of my educational networks) to help promote the positive vibe of this day. Join Michigan''s Social Media Network: I''d love to connect with Michigan teachers and companies. Additionally, I invite you to follow the individuals named on the list to help further grow your personal learning network, or PLN. That''s right - it''s official.

Engage With Your Learning Community: MasteryConnect (a CommonCore Resource)


MasteryConnect makes it easy for teachers to communicate and collaborate around standards aligned assessments in order to build more effective measures of student learning. Best of all, teachers can sign up for their Learning Community and begin accessing these resources IMMEDIATELY for FREE. Currently, teachers from more than 4,700 school districts and all 50 states are using MasteryConnect to learn and reference the Common Core.

It's Open House at the Discovery Educator Network This Week!

Educational Technology Guy

The Discovery Educator Network is an awesome, free, resource for educators, filled with other educators. I''ve met some great people in the DEN and learned so much. It''s a great Personal Learning Network for any and all educators. This week, September 10 - 14, 2012, the DEN is having and open house to share resources and how the DEN can benefit educators. Discovery Education Discovery Educator Network free resources

New Posted Resources 05/11/2012

The Web20Classroom

Download: "Own Your Space" was written by Linda McCarthy, for Internet savvy "tweens" & teens, and their parents or educators.

What is your favorite social network?


Making Friends through Twitter by erinklein on Storybird Twitter for Teachers I recently composed a post for TBA regarding my love for Twitter.

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

Educators need to start with good pedagogy and lesson objectives and activities and then look for technology that can enhance those lessons, improve teaching and learning, and help students learn. They all work similarly so the learning curve when switching isn''t that big. Many educators are use social media for their personal life, but not enough are using it in their professional life. This goes along with number 3 - self learning.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Nov 18, 2012, 1 comment 2670 If you think a personal learning network is an echo chamber. Nov 20, 2012, 12 comments 2434 5 Reasons to “Gamify” Your Class Nov 15, 2012, 7 comments 2420 A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School. Jun 24, 2012, 9 comments 1363 Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews.

My PLN: Eye See You.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

People and collaborative places make up my Personal Learning Network. Randomized Word Cloud created using an uploaded picture of my eye on Tagxedo. I can not claim responsibility for placement and size of names! :-) Who do you see? My eye, really. Facebook, Twitter , and Edmodo are central to my online community.


Twitter: Easiest Way to Get Connected for 21st Century Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

One is my school Twitter account, and the other is my personal-professional account. My personal-professional account gives me ears to the ground; it allows me to listen to the latest conversations about what is going on in the world of education. It can be the tool you use to see what others in your personal learning network think about your latest initiatives.

Silicon Schools Step Up


That was the theme of the Wednesday evening reception for more than 200 people at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, aimed at celebrating the work of Bay area schools delivering personalized learning programs, funded by the Silicon Schools Fund. Back in 2012 , educator Brian Greenberg and philanthropist John Fisher, started the nonprofit with $12 million, and a big goal of funding 25 schools devoted to personalized learning throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Building Your PLN- Gratitude Builds Relationships

My Paperless Classroom

When I work with my kids on digital citizenship I talk about Personal learning Networks and how they are an ongoing exchange. One of the best ways you can interact with others is to share your own gratitude. As a case in point, My wife runs the site, and the accompanying facebook page. Recently she put together a post thanking people in animal rescue for the work they do.

Modeling a PLN for Students

My Paperless Classroom

In the first Ed tech class I ever took we learned about Web Quests. This is where I am using the concept of a Personal Learning Network to teach my students about digital citizenship. PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. A Web Quest was a guided internet activity. A big part of designing a web quest is finding resources that the students can use and showing the students how to get to the resources.

Three GREAT (and Free) Virtual Conferences Where You Can Attend, Present, or Volunteer!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Learning 2.0 ( [link] ) August 20 - 24, 2012 Just announced! Learning 2.0 is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. The conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0 The conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0

Engaging Students Wired for Distraction

My Paperless Classroom

You have to be connected to connect I believe in running a connected classroom, so I have a learning environment where if I don''t inspire students to use the internet for "good" they will use it to meet their own goals. I use this challenge as the opportunity to teach my students about digital citizenship and how to use and develop Personal Learning Networks. Learning is Living. How does being "wired for distraction" affect the classroom?