Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


If you''re a Michigan educator, be sure to mark your 2015 calendars for the MI Flip Conference and EdCamp Lansing. I love meeting those who share the same passion for creativity in the classroom that I have. For any EdCamp unConference, there is no registration fee. EdCamp U.S.

The Chasm Grows: Public versus Private

Tech Helpful

The desire to mend this chasm started working on me thanks to Edcamp Gigcity. Our #CHAedu monthly meet up allows educators from anywhere in the Chattanooga area to get together for one hour, one day a month to discuss educational topics of their choice. My heart is burdened.

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Finishing Strong by Taking Chances?

Tech Helpful

I want to share five things you might try in your classroom in these last weeks to take a chance on creating something valuable for the future (yours, your current students, and even your future students): Genius Hour or 20% Time.This is a creation of the Google Company themselves.

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Podcasting How To’s and Tips with Jeff Bradbury and Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

We’ve been doing this for seven years now, and it’s been a great opportunity to not only meet people but have people on the show and share their stories. Six months later, I got an email from this random person that said, “Hey, I just wanted to let you know… We’re here at EdCamp Buffalo.

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Let’s Inspire Each Other During #ISTE2016 #NotAtISTE16

Teacher Reboot Camp

If you are in Denver, I’d love the chance to meet you face-to-face and if not we can still enjoy each other’s company virtually. There are over 15,000 teachers in Denver gathering and thousands more meeting virtually using the hashtag #NotAtISTE16.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

Often a life coach doesn’t even work for the company of the person they are coaching. Many teachers love Teachers Pay Teachers while others frown on the resources because they prefer traditional textbook companies.

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4 New Podcasters to Check Out and Subscribe To in 2018!


Each time I attend an edcamp , ISTE , or conference, I often seek out those with the knowledge I might not have and attempt to find some time to get a 1:1 conversation going. This year, I had the opportunity to meet 4 amazing young people who are new to the world of podcasting.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

While socioeconomics, district location, and availability of reliable and consistent WIFI access may seem unsurmountable, rural districts, along with CoSN and companies like Kajeet, are committed to both digital equity and digital equality. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Back on the Road! The 2018 K-12 Education Technology Conference Calendar


Few experiences are as invigorating as learning new things, meeting old friends and making future ones—across locations familiar and exotic. They offer plenty of opportunities to reconnect with colleagues, make new acquaintances, and learn new ideas that could change your career or company’s fortunes. (Or There are also recurring events—such as EdCamp and Maker Faire—that take place year-round across the country. For lifelong learners and writers, the travel bug bites hard.

From Playgrounds to Programmers: How Sharing Shapes Schools


The Edcamp movement is another example of educators organizing themselves for the simple purpose of sharing practices, successes, and miscues. Edcamp events are free, generally locally organized “unconference” meetings where the agenda is decided by those in attendance. According to the Edcamp website, since 2010 there have been over 700 events in 25 countries. Arguably the most powerful leadership tactic we know is one of the most subtle.

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation


In order to stay relevant to the changing demands of the consumer, companies and organizations invest in research and development. How much time in faculty meeting is spent on announcements that you could just print out for people and have them read?

App Overkill: Going Beyond the Buzz Words #SXSWedu


There's a huge gap between what's being designed by edtech companies and what is happening in classrooms and what classrooms need. Is it not meeting the need?

Kidcasts: Podcasts for kiddos


Last week I enjoyed the great variety of edCamp Global sessions across a variety of platforms–Periscope, Twitter chats, and Google+ Hangouts.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation


I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology. It happened back in 2008 when new policies and funding sources were put forth with the intent to grow school districts’ abilities to supplement and meet the diverse needs of students—specifically in the face of foreign language teacher and Advanced Placement honors-level course shortages.

Events + News - #TLChat LIVE! - NMC Preview - Students in Charge - iSchool Initiative

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

NMC Summer Conference presenters are thought leaders within the education industry at colleges and universities, schools, museums, libraries, organizations, and companies. LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings.

What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

This hit me at an Edcamp last year when topics of discussion were listed on the board and hands went up all over the room asking things like "what's a makerspace?", "what's augmented reality?", "what does PBL stand for?"