The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.

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Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. People who you network with. Many teachers are now learning from each other online. But my favourite way of learning is through Twitter chats. Tagged: education , facebook groups , learning , online , personal learning networks , pln , plns , twitter.

3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network

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Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. It’s the Remake Learning Network , a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of learning. Meetups are a great, informal way to share and learn ideas from new people face-to-face. The Ultimate Networking Tool: Social Media.

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4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other. She has them write 3 things they need to improve their learning and 3 things they can give to improve the learning of others. Many educators still believe they have little to offer to improve the learning of their colleagues. It’s about always being in pursuit of that selfish goal of improving our learning so we can improve learning for kids.

Using The Power of Personal Learning Networks to Transform Education (Book)

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 24, 2017 The featured book for this week is Richardson and Rob Mancabelli's "Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education ". This is.read more. book reviews

?Rhode Island’s Plans to Become a ‘Lab State’ for Personalized Learning

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Scaling personalized learning across a state might sound like an oxymoron, but officials from Rhode Island’s Office of Innovation are taking on the task. The Statewide Personalized Learning Initiative just released a white paper that could inspire others to create and align the pieces necessary for expansive personalized learning efforts. “We When we say personalized learning it means different things to people in the room.

Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent

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In 2017, organizers got something extra in their “Edcamp in a Box,” as they were called: a maker kit, so that participants could partake in hands-on activities as part of the experience. Edcamp events offered teachers a voice in what they would learn. It began with a box.

It’s All About the People – Featuring the Voice of Tara Martin

CUE

As a first time speaker at Fall CUE 2017, it didn’t take long for me to realize I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Then, I quickly learned how to navigate a six-lane highway with motorcycles who drove on the white dotted lines between cars. Needless to say, I learned a lot before ever entering the conference doors. It was such an honor to share the love of #BookSnaps with my professional learning network.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

Our connection began like many other educators who use social media as part of a Personal Learning Network – we wanted to learn, grow, and get better. Over time we began to communicate and collaborate across an array of social media networks exchanging ideas, providing support, and dispensing out advice. Not having a virtual network to complement our face-to-face relationships just seems silly to me now.

Courage Over Comfort

CUE

But when we do so, let us find the learning and use that as we grow forward. In fact, she sent herself to CUE Rockstar Primary to learn more. They are taking risks in their own learning, they are creating and they are owning their own learning. I am lucky enough to be able to walk alongside so many amazing educators on their learning journey. I believe that there is incredible learning for all during these risk/fail processes.

To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media

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This year, on September 27, 2017, the American Association of School Librarians made a point to encourage their members to raise awareness about “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”. Learning how to behave online responsibly and safely—a concept known as digital citizenship—requires access to social media tools in schools, they note. We must keep learning first.

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

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Shortly after I received the award, it seemed like everyone wanted to visit my classroom and sit in a room with me to understand how I was getting my kids to learn. I quickly figured out that my administration and the other teachers didn’t care if my students were learning—they wanted my students to stay out of the hallways, off administration’s radar and to appear somewhat engaged when it was time to be evaluated through standardized testing.

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

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That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. Don’t underestimate the number of local educators who are willing to try out new learning strategies.

?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

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In 2017, there has been an emergence of online communication tools connecting users online from across the globe. While there is no disputing the importance of personal interaction, communities are already utilizing technology to build on those face-to-face connections. In today’s schools, students typically learn individually, and at the end of the school year, we certify their individual achievements,” Schleicher wrote.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

CUE

This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. Cell Project – 2017. 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. Happy New Year!!

#cuechat Gems- Routines & Procedures for Teacher-Leaders

CUE

The chat was powered by @ConnectedTL , a professional learning community dedicated to connecting teachers, educational leaders, and teacher-leaders. cuechat Personal Learning Network (PLN) back to school cuechatOn Tuesday, September 19, the #cuechat community engaged in a lively Twitter chat focused on establishing routines and procedures at the beginning of the school year.

Routines & Procedures for Teacher-Leaders #cuechat Powered by @ConnectedTL

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The chat was powered by @ConnectedTL , a professional learning community dedicated to connecting teachers, educational leaders, and teacher-leaders. cuechat Personal Learning Network (PLN) back to school cuechatOn Tuesday, September 19, the #cuechat community engaged in a lively Twitter chat focused on establishing routines and procedures at the beginning of the school year.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

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However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations! Brook Avenue Elem (@BrookAveElem) August 19, 2017. Brook Avenue Elem (@BrookAveElem) August 21, 2017. Brook Avenue Elem (@BrookAveElem) August 16, 2017.

The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017

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2017 was a year filled with makerspaces, student engagement, personalized learning, and more. Here, two seasoned librarians shed light on their biggest lessons learned in 2017 and look forward to the up-and-coming trends for the new year. The library is leading the way in adding technology and research materials to the curriculum to enhance learning. The biggest lesson I learned in 2017 is to never underestimate what students are capable of.

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product

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For educators like Sean Arnold, who lists more than a dozen credentials and awards from edtech companies on his personal blog, that relationship can be a “double-edged sword,” as he described in his response to the article. “My Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

Silicon Schools Step Up

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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.

#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

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Institutions need to focus on this and not just on measuring” student learning outcomes. We decided to come back to the topic in a future #DLNchat ,but not before discussing some of the nuances surrounding salary gains based on higher ed degrees as well as the need for more learning options. Join the Digital Learning Network to stay up to date on all events and the latest news for higher ed digital learning leaders!

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5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17

The CoolCatTeacher

I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. In today’s show, Peggy George discusses how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 even if you’re not at there: The #notatiste17 Google Group. How to share learning. Want to hear another episode on ISTE 2017? Five powerful ways to participate in ISTE 2017, even if you’re not there. Never stop learning.

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“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

Daily Edventures

I learned a lot by talking and working with great educators from all over the world and from a lot of different cultural and educational backgrounds,” he explains. “I Since returning to Germany, Traub has used Twitter to build – and tap into – his Personal Learning Network. Learn more about Torsten Traub on his blog , or connect with Torsten on his Microsoft Educator Community profile. . Favorite quote: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.”

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

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The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 10-July 30) digs into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network. Develop the solid core of a Professional Learning Network.

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Disengaged Teachers: A Problem We Need to Solve

Catlin Tucker

I frequently hear about high numbers of students who are not engaged in their learning, but I hear less about teachers who are not engaged in their work. How can we expect students to be engaged in their learning if their own teachers are not engaged? It challenged me to really think about what motivates my students and how to keep them interested and engaged in their learning. ” So, the question is, how to do we get teachers to want to continue learning?

The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.

EdTech4Beginners

To put it simply, our students are often better at learning about new technologies than we are. Learn from the digital natives! Use their strengths and foster a collaborative class who all learn together. Set students open-ended challenges so they can direct their own learning and push themselves. Don’t be afraid to tell your students that you are learning too – they really appreciate this.

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Digs deeper into digital tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 10-July 30) digs into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

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BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). IOT – Internet of Things (Connecting devices to a network i.e. lights, phones, TVs). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. PLN – Personal Learning Network.

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3 Ideas for Staying Positive

The Principal of Change

As we come to the end of 2017 and go into the new year, I am doing a bit of self-reflection on my own personal learning. I have started using the Aaptiv app, and it is by far my favourite app of 2017. That has helped me with number one as well and reminded me that the more important word in “Personal Learning Network” is “Personal.” All the best for the end of 2017 and I wish you a great 2018!

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

CFISD is an amazing school district that is not only one of the highest achieving large districts in the state of Texas, but also firmly committed to scaling innovative practices to improve learning for all 120,000 students. For the past year and a half, my team and I at ICLE have been assisting the district with doing Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) K-12, incorporating blended learning, and aligning sound pedagogy to the use of flex spaces.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

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How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Join the Digital Learning Network to get updates about all upcoming chats. Keep up to date with all the #DLNchats, join the Digital Learning Network ! Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

Better Decisions, Better Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

The uniqueness of your position and professional beliefs will result in priorities that differ from your face-to-face colleagues and those in your Personal Learning Network (PLN). The only thing that might be harder than embracing change is making tough decisions. A hallmark of great leadership is creating the conditions to arrive at consensus when major decisions will impact the entire school or district.

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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In the 19th and 20th centuries, enterprising teachers found resources, scrounged materials, and took risks in using new techniques and products on their own time and on their own dime so that their students could learn in innovative ways. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

It has been quite the ride since I changed my perspective on teaching, learning, and leadership eight years ago. Social media had to be blocked for all and I, for one, wasn’t going to waste any of my precious time using it professionally or personally. Learning spaces had to conform to the perceived rule of law in education. To order click HERE In Learning Transformed , Tom and I lay out 8 keys to drive needed change now. Learning spaces must become learner-centered.

Be the Example

A Principal's Reflections

I spent a great deal of time writing numerous detailed memos on everything from technology tools to improve assessment, developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN), and embracing innovative ideas. The personal-best projects we studied were distinguished by the fact that all of them required relentless effort, steadfastness, competence, and attention to detail. “ The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ” – Paulo Coelho Change is hard.