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. It’s about always being in pursuit of that selfish goal of improving our learning so we can improve learning for kids.

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

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. It was a powerful combination of perception and stigma related to social media that convinced me it was a product of the devil that could only bring about harm and misfortune.

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.

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 ).

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

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. LinkedIn : Professional networking site that allows educators to connect, exchange ideas, and find opportunities. This is a common medium to discover best practices, examples of innovation, and learn from professional experiences of both novice and veteran educators.

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The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

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. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice. It was at this point that I began to take more risks to create a better teaching and learning culture at NMHS. 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

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you. Although technology has moved on a pace - since the book was written we now have social media, mobile phones and touch screen tablet computers - many of Sherry Turkle''s ideas still resonate with personal meaning.

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

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. Image credit: [link] For those educators and schools that are either resistant to or unsure about using social media, I challenge you to move from a fixed to a growth mindset to create schools that work better for kids and establish relevance as a leader in your district, school, or classroom.

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

21st Century Leadership Shift Happens (must see video for any educator unfamiliar with the tends and impacts associated with technology and social media. 21st Century Educators must be able to adapt, communicate, take risks, model, continually learn, collaborate, exhibit vision, and lead. Principals can use social media for communication, public relations, branding, professional development, and opportunity. Learn more about Google Docs here.

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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. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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.

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.

How to succeed with online PD for teachers

Neo LMS

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. Offering highly relevant online training that they can do at their own pace is better than offline learning that’s crammed into a few days.

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The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

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. Education will not be the same.

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.

#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. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. In early 2012, my district decided to bring a 1:1 mobile device initiative to the middle school students and I was fortunate enough to get a cart of iPads in my classroom. I am passionate about technology and its effects on teaching and learning.

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. technology, including social media. We also had to trust they would use their mobile learning devices (i.e.

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.

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.

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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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.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

edWeb.net

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). 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. This post was written by Eric Sheninger.

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

The common theme of all of these informal discussions was the cultivation of student-centered learning opportunities. I learned at TSETC that Adam runs a 100% free website called eduTecher that reviews and catalogs over 1,100 free web tools as well as offering short videos explaining how to use them in the classroom. From now until November 25th, Adam is running a social media charity drive and when anyone clicks on this link he will donate a penny to charity.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Learning 2.0 ( [link] ) August 20 - 24, 2012 Just announced! 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 conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0 The conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0

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

TeacherCast

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]. Are you enjoying Educational Podcasting Today or other shows on the TeacherCast Network, please share your thoughts with the world by commenting on iTunes today. Please visit my homepage and I will help you launch your personal brand today! I always take what I learn and teach other teachers.

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 and Social media in the classroom (Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking, Podcasting, etc.) 1:1 Programs: laptops, netbooks, iPads, and tablets "Flipped" learning Rethinking Homeworl School 2.0

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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. They are moving more and more into the mobile market and now you can do video calls on the iPhone. I think the bigger story here is the fact that social networking in the classroom really took off. So if Ning is gone where can you turn to introduce social networking to your students?

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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

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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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. They were surely an asynchronous form of instruction, a sort of same place - different time learning. Learning in any mode, in any place and at any time is accessible to anyone with the means to access it.

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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. If students cannot learn the way we now teach or in the conditions that are prevalent, maybe we need to teach the way they learn and create a school environment that more closely aligns with their world. Effective digital learning environments focus on learning outcomes as opposed to the tools themselves.