The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Thanks to Twitter, I connected with so many of my dear friends over lunch, group discussions, dinners, and parties. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we all share through our blogs and social networks.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0

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


just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. A new friend from Twitter ( @Dr.SpikeCook ) gave me a call this morning to discuss a few educational topics. Twitter has opened the door for these types of connections to occur. I participate in Twitter chats.

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What Twitter Shortcomings?

My Island View

I was somewhat disturbed about a recent post by a friend and connected colleague concerning the state of Twitter and its use by some individuals in what is now fast becoming the education social media culture. My friend seemed to be longing for the “good ole days” of Twitter when it was smaller numbers and people knew their place in their interacting with others. I remember those days as well, since I was on Twitter years before my friend. Twitter is based on relationships.

Has “Twitter” Changed or Has Our View?

The Principal of Change

(This is more about me reflecting to learn, as opposed to sharing my learning so please excuse the length of the post. There has been a lot of conversation on how “Twitter has changed” recently, and I have thought a lot about this concept.

Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

The Art of the Follow: One of the hardest things on Twitter is to master is the art of the Follow. Twitter Comic Tutorial At-A-Glance Part Deux that coordinates to this blog is below- thanks!) I''d really like to see that the person is a real person! Ppl I can learn from.

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

We experimented with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom such as Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, digital citizenship, and formative assessment options.

#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 344 with Jody Green and Dr. Tim Green From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level.

Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic


Tim Carson, Skilled Trades and OER Advocate First, allow me to tell you why I don’t typically read books about online learning. Staying more holistic when developing my teaching—whether facilitating learning in person or online—has been central in my reading motivations.

Thinking in networks

Learning with 'e's

Build your network and always think in networks. Social media has simply provided an increasingly powerful range of tools to extend personal learning networks (PLNs) to virtually any part of the world. Other networks are available.

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year

The Daring Librarian

The only person you can rely on to keep your password secure is yourself. The reason: Your special lump of letters, numbers, and symbols are likely spread over too many sites, are not long enough, and are probably too personal. Twitter: The Art of the Follow 10. Happy New Year!

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15 Take-aways from Online Grad School Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

They chatted with colleagues on discussion boards, blogs, and Twitter. Some of the problems students faced down: How to use twitter. How to create a vibrant, healthy Personal Learning Network. Because this was an online class, learning broke out everywhere.

7 Must-Read Resources on Social Media for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Here are some books that I consider vital for school leaders seeking to learn as much as they can about its potential to enhance leadership and education. School leaders, however, are not encouraged to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools as a 21st century announcement system.

The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

Learning with 'e's

I was certainly speaking for a time before the advent of what is now referred to as Web 2.0 Finally, I will suggest that there are five key objectives to achieve if universities are to achieve success in the use of learning technologies in the future. The Network Society.

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Crowdsourcing Curating Networks: It Has to Be Meta


In a future phase of keywords for this book, we (Maha and Mia) will be curating the keyword Networks. We are inviting others from our networks to help us make sure we have covered the most important aspects of networks, and the most important references and models out there.


10 tips for avoiding technology overwhelm

The Cornerstone for Teachers

There’s one complaint about technology that I hear from almost every single person I talk to: it’s just plain overwhelming. There’s too much to learn. Stop telling yourself you need to learn to be proficient in all technology and know the latest about every type of tool out there.

15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!


In no particular order, here’s a very personal selection of blogs/bloggers I couldn’t live without. You can energize and enhance teaching and learning — and I’m here to help you get started! Kasey Bell’s Shake Up Learning.

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Modeling a PLN for Students

My Paperless Classroom

In the first Ed tech class I ever took we learned about Web Quests. This is where I am using the concept of a Personal Learning Network to teach my students about digital citizenship. PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. It can be used to refer to an actual site you use to interact with others, such as the Educators PLN. I often use the term PLN to refer to a way of interacting with the internet.

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. We have seen many shifts in terms of instruction, communication, and learning at NMHS resulting in a transformative culture that is more in line to meet the needs of our students. Refer to the archive mentioned above to see some of the amazing things my teachers are now doing.

Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

I joined with 50 other exemplary administrators all on a journey that took our learning to levels not readily imagined; hence my analogy to “Lighting in a bottle.” However, another important take-away here was the presenters, or lead learners as Dr. Mark Wagner referred to them as.

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences With Technolgy


This content below is written as a reflection on what I learned in week four of the Teaching with Technology course I am taking as I pursue a master''s degree in educational technology leadership. The two themes that stood out the most for me during Week 4 of Teaching With Technology were "cooperative/collaborative learning" and "contextual/situational learning". I found that I love learning "across space"! The power of cooperative learning, or as Pitler et.

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.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens


Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable. Getty By David Price.

PLNs and Keeping our Brains Moving


I don''t know about you, but I sometimes worry that all the content I learned at that time is being eradicated by less important clutter in my brain, such as reality TV show plots, others'' Facebook status updates, etc. One very positive movement in educational circles aims to promote more useful brain-stuffing- I am speaking about the development of Personal Learning Networks or PLNs. I finished my SLP master''s in 1999.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens


Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable. Getty. By David Price.

Separation and connection

Learning with 'e's

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. This approach to network theory is still refreshing, almost a decade after it was written.

Understanding the Online World


Putting some of these words in context for you as a SpeechTechie faithful reader: You can see my little avatar over there in the right sidebar, a photo of me, and a different avatar on my twitter page. I hope that SpeechTechie becomes just one stop for you in your Personal Learning Network (PLN) , including other blogs, Facebook pages , or Twitter contacts. To learn more about PLNs, check out this post from The Innovative Educator blog , or my own on ASHAsphere.

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