How to Maximize your EdCamp Experience

Educational Technology Guy

Edcamps are the "unconference". They are free, attendee led and driven, places to share and learn. Edcamp is a great series of free, unconferences for educators. The Edcamp model is unique in that attendees set the agenda the morning of the conference and the sessions are not led by one person, but are rather a collaboration of both the facilitator and attendees. This is a great opportunity to connect, share, teach, learn, and expand their personal learning network.

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Empowering or Stifling Voice?

The Principal of Change

I woke up one morning not feeling the best, after receiving a message about something that needed to be dealt with for work that was a bad surprise. To the point where they said they could go no further on my post regarding discussing the “basics” of education. It was pointing out a mistake that had stopped them from reading any more of what I had to share. But this is not what I want to focus on. It pushes me to get better.

School Librarian as your Information Overload Superhero!


With easy access to websites, blogs, online PD, webinars, YouTube, workshops, and social media, finding digital resources is not hard to do. efficient access to resources customized for their needs (grade, content area, unit, project)? a “go-to” person to provide multiple points of access to credible resources for teaching and learning? an instructional partner who will work with you to seek, find, and share great digital resources?

Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Simple Ways to Become a Better Teacher


*After reading, if you’re inspired to share, please offer an idea (or more!) to this Padlet: [link]. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense book with practical ideas to improve your teaching practice, then Making Your Teaching Something Special from EdTechTeamPress is a must-read. For the new educator, it will inspire you to think more deliberately and plan the habits you want to develop your craft around. Are we really pushing our students to be fascinating?

TCEA 2018: 3 Tips to Create More Exciting Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2018: 3 Tips to Create More Exciting Professional Development. During his buoyant and fast-paced TCEA Convention & Exposition session, Steve Dembo, a consultant and expert on PD, demonstrated how to “de-zombify” professional development by getting people out of their seats. PD should not be done to you. Dembo asked attendees to leave the session room and walk the halls while discussing whether or not the internet makes students smarter. Article.

Year of #SayingYes


Through much contemplation, mindfulness meditation, and general clarity - I’ve decided that this year, 2017-2018, is going to be the year of #sayingyes. Yes to new experiences. Yes to new faces. Yes to new ideas. And yes to me. Sometimes to the point where I turn down opportunities or say “no” to new possibilities. We are responsible for not only the safety of students, but molding their young minds to be able to operate independently.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

If you want someone to be innovative in an area, they are more likely to bring and create powerful ideas in something they are passionate about as opposed to an area in which they don’t care. When I think about how to effectively empower educators to create personalized professional learning for themselves, I often think of Google’s “20% time”, where employees had 20% of their own time to move forward Google as an organization. “We

The 13-Strategy Checklist to Invite Diversity Into Professional Learning Opportunities

The Innovative Educator

When I returned from the International Society for Technology Educators ( #ISTE17 ), I shared in an article that I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in I experienced. It’s important to notice a problem. It’s even more important to determine solutions to address that problem. As a result, I challenged myself and others to come up with strategies to invite diversity. Invite them to present with you.

A Framework for Blended PD (Part 2) – SULS072

Shake Up Learning

As most schools in the US prepare for the start of school online or in some blended format, it’s important to think specifically about teachers’ professional learning. In Part 2, I’m sharing some ways to design more meaningful professional learning, best practices, and tips I have learned over my 13 years as a PD facilitator. Be sure to listen to Part 1 in this Blended PD series, episode 71. Click To Tweet. Listen to this article: .

Digital Tools to Mobilize a Community to a Goal

Tech Helpful

Today, as I was looking over the scope and sequence that ISTE has put out as plausible technology integration standards to support the ISTE student standards I found myself stuck on one standard and feeling the weight of the pros and cons stacking up equally on both sides of my brain as I wrestled with this idea: "Use digital tools such as blogs, websites and social media to crowdsource, crowdfund and mobilize a community toward a goal." How can I use that for good?

Educators as Empowered Citizens (Unpacking the ISTE Standards for Educators)

Tech Helpful

Citizen- Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators: Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community. As much as it helps me gather my thoughts and think through things, I also see it as a way to model and show positive professional digital behavior. Empowered Professional 3.

Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

The Daring Librarian

I also like to call my Daring School Library Media Center an Information Learning Commons.because it''s beyond a classroom! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces AJ Juliani writes: "As we look towards the 2014-2015 school year, one question continually jumps out to me as an educator: How do our learning spaces impact our students? Throughout this process I have tried my best to stay on top of where education is headed and what are the emerging “next” practices. Hello friends!

8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part two)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

If you are feeling burned out right now or just a little crispy around the edges, I want this episode to reassure you that your feelings are normal, that you can handle the responsibilities you’ve been given no matter how overwhelming they seem, and that the rewards of teaching outweigh the costs. Last week in episode 15 , I shared four keys to helping you rediscover your confidence as a teacher and avoid burn-out. Want to listen instead of read?

4 Reasons to Teach Students the Research Process with Google Drive!

4 Reasons to Teach Your Students the Research Process with Google Drive Show your students the power of Google Drive while conducting research! Teaching students how to effectively use the Research Process while also focusing on proper citations, copy right, proper searching, website evaluation, synthesizing of information, and on, and on, and on can be a very daunting and exhausting task for both the teacher and the students! Don''t forget to cite those sources, students!

Twitter Equals Growth Mindset?

The Principal of Change

It is an idea that educators have latched on to (for good reason) since this is not something we want to only be able to develop in students, but in ourselves as well, in a world that is constantly changing. I have even tried to even further this conversation talking about the notion of the “innovator’s mindset” in which this growth leads to the creation of new and better ideas. This could be something to applied the idea of educators using Twitter.

Why #techquity

Educator Innovator

Her question prompts educators to not only choose their words and stories carefully, but to reflect on how well we plan for increased access to digital tools in schools. Like Mirra, Campbell expresses frustration with educators who seem too harried to think through the digital sea change he observes from his perspective as a technologist and teacher in higher education. Instead, we can identify a problem we hope to solve in order to pursue equity.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via ProPublica : “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Senate would open up Pell Grants to low-income students who earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Washington Post : Governor Scott “Walker wants Wisconsin to be first state to stop dictating how much time kids should go to school.” Education Politics.

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