The Journey to Becoming an Author

A Principal's Reflections

My unexpected journey began with a decision to give Twitter a try in 2009. One day in 2010 I received a Twitter message from Bill Ferriter asking if I would be interested in co-authoring a book with him and Jason Ramsden titled Communicating and Connecting with Social Media.


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Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #19: 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Researcher Laura Pasquini From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Listen to Billy Krakower talk about using Twitter for professional development and how to join social media chats.

How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

More simply, it’s: …an extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning. You reach out through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, G+, forums, and discussion boards. My Twitter handle is @askatechteacher.

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Racism, Consumerism, and a Conversation With My Son About the Future of Diversity


But what if Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok were present in those times? For one, we must accept the fact that the majority of us are ignorant of the facts associated with this conversation, and effectively determine a means of which to raise the bar of our knowledge base.

How to Make Assessment Meaningful this School Year | By @EduSight


Focus on Process: Knowledge Isn’t Always the Goal. Increasingly, knowledge isn’t what we strive for as educators. Assessment should not just test knowledge, but also process. Share with us on Twitter , or Facebook , or shoot me an email at

Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim

The CoolCatTeacher

Mary Howard on episode 293 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. Twitter: @mrshoward118.

The Missing Literacies – Networking to Learn #iste2015

There is no box

But I went to school BT (Before Twitter) and BGHO (Before Google Hangouts). Enter Twitter and the rise of social media. Networking tools like twitter and Google Hangouts (GHO) now allow the formation of groups of peers and experts to assemble around themes, topics and interests. These groups (or Personal Learning Networks) allow for just in time information requests, asynchronous collaboration and archived knowledge bases.

How to Engage Students and Support Learning in Large Classes


It’s worth noting, though, that the courses that were large tended to emphasize knowledge-based material. Offering team-based, low-stakes assignments to get students explaining what they are learning to others in the class.

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New K-12 think tank zeroes in on research and policy

eSchool News

A new national education think tank – the Learning Policy Institute – will conduct high-quality research to inform evidence-based policies that can prepare all students for the challenges of our fast-changing, knowledge-based society.

When Pushing Boundaries in Math Education, Where Can Teachers Turn For Help and Camaraderie?


In his post, he made the case for Twitter. At its best, he argues, Twitter can be an invaluable tool for professional development among educators. He writes: For the right teacher, Twitter is the best ambient, low-intensity professional development and community you’ll find.

Why Do High School Teachers Lecture So Much?

TeachThought - Learn better.

And the new AP framework which also does so is based on UbD.) You have rich and interesting knowledge based on research that can overcome confusions and missing elements in the current course. Why Do High School Teachers Lecture So Much? by Grant Wiggins , Authentic Education.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Starts With Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

Schools have the responsibility to teach all students how to synthesize cultural differences into their knowledge base, in order to facilitate students’ personal and professional success in a diverse world. Culturally Responsive Teaching Starts With Students.

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Daily Edventures

I saw the joy of searching, discovering, and acquiring knowledge in their eyes. My pupils approach knowledge in an exploratory and often playful manner through interdisciplinary projects,” says Economou. Vassilis Economou. Head of the Department of Informatics and Digital Education.

Live Interview Thursday, February 3rd - Karen Hume on "Engaging the 21st Century Learner"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The winner of three “Teacher of the Year” awards, Karen draws from her wealth of experiences and extensive knowledge base to provide focused, practical, and inspiring support to teachers and administrators.

Clippy and the History of the Future of Educational Chatbots

Hack Education

The Twitter bot was built to “learn” by parroting the words and phrases from the other Twitter users that interacted with it, and – because, you know, Twitter – those users quickly realized that they could teach Tay to say some really horrible things.

Top 10 Tips for Using Social Media for Administrators & Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal

Any school leader bringing an archaic understanding and knowledge of old media to social media is in danger of looking foolish and perhaps in danger of getting himself in major trouble with stakeholders. Once they have that knowledge base, they are responsible for seeing that their educational community is educated on its nature, its potential, its hazards, and its power. Having a Twitter account or Facebook account for your school simply isn''t enough anymore.

What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

I recently participated in a #TnTechChat Twitter chat moderated by @TeachTnTech regarding Technology skills needed in preservice teachers. Apparently this tweet resonated with many educators on Twitter because it got an over abundance of love.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

It is the instructional designer and tenured professor’s signal — “to the barricades!” — and everyone snipes at the other side from the Twitter trenches for a week, until there’s an unspoken truce that lasts until the next “ban laptops” op-ed gets published.