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Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

edWeb.net

” A PLN can help you find and curate the best ideas and resources, and build a network of supportive peers in a time of constant change. A PLN has helped Shaelynn learn from an extended network of educators how to to that.

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.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time.

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset. Each of those follows is a person.

I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

Jason is not in education, but who wouldn''t want to visit the beautiful landscape sunny California has to offer? just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. He''s writing a series of posts on his blog about how social media supports education for different people.

Why Today’s Educators Are So Much More Than #JustaTeacher

Edsurge

This disparaging remark is something I often hear in my work at The Teachers Guild, a professional learning community for teachers to create change for and from their classrooms, incubated within IDEO. The fact that teachers can change the course of a student’s life is something that many of us understand on a personal level. That’s why an investment in teachers is an outsized investment on student learning.

A Personal Question for All Teachers

Edsurge

What does it mean to make learning personal? It’s no secret that teachers take their jobs personally. For the past three years, we’ve asked educators from every state to share, in their own words, how they make learning personal. So far, we’ve traveled to 28 cities across 23 states, in regions both urban and rural, to learn how educators are helping every student grow, and to amplify their voices by sharing their experiences.

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

Edsurge

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. 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!

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

Then there is the most dangerous view in education that the way we have always done it is the best way. With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. You’ve been teaching for twenty years, but now your Principal wants technology integrated into your classroom.

How Collaboration Helps School Leaders Succeed

edWeb.net

School leaders can use online networks and communities for their own personal professional learning, and to support collaboration with staff across schools and districts. As a personal tool, school leaders can use online communities to expand their network.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments. In 1986, approximately 30 educators came together to form Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) , as a statewide initiative to offer professional development opportunities for teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Not only was I not in classrooms enough, but also the level of feedback provided through the lens of a narrative report did very little to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Get in Classrooms More This seem so easy, yet is a constant struggle.

Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and our Favorite Chrome Extensions | #TechEducator 101

TeacherCast

In this Episode, we discuss and demonstrate our favorite Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and Chrome Extensions. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. Google Apps for Education Tricks Mentioned on Todays Show.

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THANK YOU for 5 Amazing Years of Educational Podcasting! Thank You For Amazing Feedback!

TeacherCast

A wealth of knowledge June 15, 2015 by jpdalton from United States I got the honor of hearing this gentleman speak in person and he knocked my socks off! Jeffrey Bradbury is clearly an innovator and a mover and shaker in the educational technology world. Great info for educators!

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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? Learning

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network. Build your tech-infused classroom.

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Subscriber Special: July

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. Build your tech-infused classroom.

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A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] With all the change the world is now experiencing it is quite dumbfounding, to say the least, as to why schools and education remain static when it comes to change. When implemented correctly, digital tools can transform education.

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New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

Each September I am excited like most educators to get back to business doing everything I can to help students succeed. Don''t get me wrong, the summer months are invaluable to me as I spend my time immersed in the flow of information that my social networks provide, developing action plans, analyzing data, and hiring staff. Many of the initiatives that I am about to pursue either came directly or indirectly from my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

Where are the conversations about reaching all learners and examining our own biases as educators? We are both tech-centric educators who attend many conferences each year. Ken Shelton (African American Educator and Tech Strategist): I have had the opportunity to attend, speak at and even keynote a lot of conferences—particularly edtech ones—over the years. At conferences, I’m always learning, and I try to engage as many attendees as possible in meaningful conversation.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

Live Interview Tuesday, January 17th - Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on "The Connected Educator"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, January 17th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on her new book, The Connected Educator. "In In The Connected Educator, authors Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall integrate professional development that is currently working in schools with a new model connected learning communities. Connected learners take responsibility for their own professional development.

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 11-July 31) is a follow-on to the introductory class, Tech-infused Teacher , digging 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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TOP 10 Ways To Deliver The Worst PD EVER!

MSEDTechie

Now we are all professionals and have never actually done this during a PD session (well I hope not) but I have certainly had the feelings to do so. One of the worst experiences is listening to a non-educator telling a teacher what they should and should not do in their classroom.

5 Top Blog Posts of All Time on the 21st Century Principal

The 21st Century Principal

There is obviously a great deal that can be learned from this kind of data. Over my 16 years in the classroom, these were the kinds of things I witnessed that made me want to give up efforts to engage in using technology in my classroom. I attempted to directly state those actions and proclivities of school leaders that actually prevent schools from moving to 21st century learning models. 6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. While digital content is handy and accessible, many of the issues we face as educators are deeper than any single post–or series of posts–can adequately address. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read.

Join Our Global ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With just a few short days until the official launch of the 2nd ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge, I am pleased to announce that nearly 200 educators from 18 countries have signed up to participate. Join Us There is still time to join us on this self-paced global learning adventure.

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

eSchool News

In a rapidly changing world, educators have been forced to self-examine and come to terms with approaches that are inefficient and irrelevant–from outmoded ways of setting up classrooms to equating school success solely on standardized metrics.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

In the Guide to Capstone Education from the National Capstone Consortium there are a series of questions posed about technology and the role it should, could or might possibly play in a capstone course. In “How Does Technology Facilitate Learning?

Moving Forward

A Principal's Reflections

This process has become more difficult as mounting challenges such as budget cuts and what seems like a relentless attack on the profession of education have taken their toll on staff moral. The consensus has to be that every student can and should learn. Cross-posted at Edutopia.

Let's Get it Started!!! The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!

MSEDTechie

On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 not well, and 5 being very well) How well did you integrate technology in your classroom? Notice I didn''t say how well did you USE technology in your classroom. Create a Dropbox account for your classroom. The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!