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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. Being a connected educator is more than just taking ideas from a Twitter chat or even this blog post.

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

It seems like just yesterday that I was a disconnected nomad working hard to maintain the status quo and conform to a rigid system commonly known as education. You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons. I swore that I would never be on any social media site and became disgusted when friends and family brought up the topic.

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Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals. edWeb can be accessed on any mobile device.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

The construction of a PLN enables educators to harness the power inherent in 21st Century technologies in order to create a professional growth tool that is accessible whenever, wherever. Image Credit [link] Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning. Educators can even create their own RSS feeds!

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Lesson Ideas for Mobile Learning

Educator Innovator

New media educator Howard Rheingold interviews educator Shelly Terrell about her new book, which highlights the power of students’ mobile devices to drive learning in and out of the classroom. I knew that I had to talk with Shelly Sanchez Terrell again when I learned through the tweetvine that she had a new book out about mobile learning ( Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT ).

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

I knew early on in my education career that I wanted to be an administrator. My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. Due to the influence of my father and a passion to help as many students as possible succeed, I ventured into the world of educational administration in 2004. Once in the space that social media provided, I began to lurk and learn.

Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I read a great article on PBS Media Shift by Audrey Watters entitled " Why Schools Should Stop Banning Cell Phones, and Use Them For Learning." Fortunately for me I have already begun to work with my staff and students to transform the teaching and learning culture at New Milford HS as it pertains to cell phones as mobile learning devices. 21st Century Education educational technology mobile learning devices Opinion

The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

Education will not be the same. In the case of schools, there has been a dramatic shift to remote learning that has allowed all of us to reflect on where we are, but more importantly, where we want and need to be in the near future. Learning going forward should be anything but common.

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. Many people in education talk a great game when it comes to the effective use of technology, but the results (lack there of) speak for themselves. This is not to say that they are unwilling to learn or embrace significant change in this area. Thus, the use of social media in schools by educators continues to be an uphill battle.

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators. Learn more about Google Docs here. Learn more here.

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25 Social Networks/Media Sites for Education

Technology Tidbits

"A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes," which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency , such as friendship , kinship , common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. Wikipedia )" Since I last posted on Social Networks over a year ago, a number of new ones have been introduced that can be a huge benefit to education.

Separation and connection

Learning with 'e's

We are witnessing a time where a mobile world wide web of connections is proliferating, and in which social mores, human relationships and communication conventions have been irrevocably changed. Milgram had previously postulated that although the world's population is relatively huge, person X could, through a series of links to people who 'know each other' connect with person Y. But what does this mean for education?

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

Digital Learning Futures View more presentations from Steve Wheeler As I write this blog post, the above slideshow has received almost 18,000 views in just 48 hours since it was posted up onto Slideshare. These slides accompanied my presentation during the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition held at London's Olympia on 25-26 January. I also discussed pedagogical issues such as deep and surface learning, creative thinking and the transformation of knowledge consumption.

Get it together

Learning with 'e's

What can we learn from digital curation of content? I wrote about this new model question recently, and critiqued it in the context of emergent forms of digital learning. You may also have dialogue with your personal learning network as you discuss that content. Learning often emerges as a result of the writing, rewriting and editing of this content. It is up to us, the users, to organise content on the Web, and we learn while we do it.

How to succeed with online PD for teachers

Neo LMS

After all, a bachelor’s degree in education doesn’t prepare someone for every situation. How to power through a difficult parent-teacher meeting comes to mind, but there are many challenges that teachers learn how to handle in time. It can help schools create an active learning environment that is sustainable, collaborative, coherent, focused on specific subjects, and that allows for educators to learn throughout the year.

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#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. I am a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) as an Academic Coach focusing in Educational Technology in sunny La Habra, California.

Digitally agile research

Learning with 'e's

There are chapters on open scholarship, academic blogging, the use of smartphone and tablets, crowdsourcing data, developing a digital profile, getting started with Twitter, personal learning networks, and leveraging the power of social media, as well as my own chapter on 'Using social media for action research: the benefits and limitations'. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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. Learn How to Create a Professional email signature that links to social media accounts. Learn more about YouTube Tools Every Teacher Should Know here: [link].

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.

The Power of a Goal-Minded Teacher

Teacher Reboot Camp

Each year, teachers come together from around the world to accomplish 1 to 30 goals to transform the learning in their classrooms in a movement known as The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Provide students with examples of people their age accomplishing the incredible with social media or their. Let’s provide moments where we laugh, explore, and discover with our students so they see the value of enjoying learning!

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Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Yes, I was the Principal at that time, but my perspective and philosophy as to what constituted a 21st Century learning environment was vastly different than what it is today. I was also adamant that social media had no place in an educational setting, but most of you who read this blog know about my radical change of mind in regards to this. The first small change was my philosophical enlightenment as to the educational value to web 2.0

The Power of a Goal-Minded Teacher

Teacher Reboot Camp

Each year, teachers come together from around the world to accomplish 1 to 30 goals to transform the learning in their classrooms in a movement known as The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Provide students with examples of people their age accomplishing the incredible with social media or their. Let’s provide moments where we laugh, explore, and discover with our students so they see the value of enjoying learning!

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The DLP Strategy Menu

EdTechTeam

When we launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a program from EdTechTeam, Google, and Digital Promise that empowers school leaders to transform instruction across every classroom for every student, we wanted to put teachers in control of their professional development. So, we developed a first-of-its-kind coaching model, based on Jennie Magiera’s work in Courageous Edventures , aimed at helping teachers tackle their challenges with personalized strategies and innovative tools.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

edWeb.net

Eric Sheninger is the Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). edWeb can be accessed on any mobile device.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

MindShift

At least, it does in the social space. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable. Today’s students often have more computing power in their pockets, on their mobile phones, than the PCs in the outdated computer lab–-but they are usually prevented from using it. There are (at least) six powerful motivations fueling learning socially.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

MindShift

At least, it does in the social space. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable. Today’s students often have more computing power in their pockets, on their mobile phones, than the PCs in the outdated computer lab–-but they are usually prevented from using it. There are (at least) six powerful motivations fueling learning socially. Getty.

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning in October, approximately 400 passionate educators congregated at New Milford High School for the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC). The brainchild of Schoology and myself, we set out in mid-August to plan an unprecedented free conference that would provide educators of varying experience with practical strategies to successfully integrate technology in the classroom.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Labs projects, designed to provide spaces for great conversations around education. Learning 2.0 ( [link] ) August 20 - 24, 2012 Just announced! but this is so that it can be part of Connected Educator Month , a month-long set of terrific activities to help educators connect with each other. 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 Great "Learning 2.0" Strand Brainstorm

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Like the Library 2.011 and GlobalEdCon conferences, I''m planning on holding a (free) worldwide virtual Future of Education: Learning 2.0 So, here''s my tentative Learning 2.0 I''ve purposely left out the library and global education categories because of the other two conference. and Social media in the classroom (Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking, Podcasting, etc.)

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The persistence of distance (learning)

Learning with 'e's

In a formal sense, distance learning has been a familiar concept since at least 1837, when Sir Isaac Pitman began teaching his shorthand system using typed instruction cards mailed through the universal Penny Postal service to his students across England. Some would say formal distance education was established much earlier in the Americas. Earlier still, were the cave paintings of early man a primitive form of distance education?

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Uncommon Learning

A Principal's Reflections

It is not that our students are actually learning differently per se, but the environment in which they are learning is dramatically different. As a result, the job of schools and educators has become exponentially more difficult as a natural disconnect results when students enter their school buildings. Uncommon learning refers to initiatives and pedagogical techniques that are not present in scale in a typical school or district.

Learning pathways

Learning with 'e's

The institutional learning platform - the VLE - is a classic case of decisions made about learning without consulting the learner. How can we reach a place in education where students find their own level and make their own pathways through learning? Rhizome theory is also a useful framework for understanding self-determined learning - the heutagogy described by Hase and Kenyon. Students can, and do, create their own personalised learning pathways.

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Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

Here is an example I use a lot where I asked people to give me their thoughts on what a PLN (Personal Learning Network) means to them. Check out the Voicethread In Education wiki for some. They are moving more and more into the mobile market and now you can do video calls on the iPhone. So many educators ditched the service all together since the free options for educators doesn''t really have all that they need.

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The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning 2.0 Learning 2.0 It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. It is organized in conjunction with Connected Educator Month , and the conference is based on a highly inclusive model for participation and designed to encourage peer professional development--which means we want you to come and learn from each other! PRESENTING: The Learning 2.0