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Connected Educator Month

For those of you wanting to know more about PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) – what, why, who, how – or using Twitter or moving from lurking in an online community to sharing, this is the month to jump in and discover. The US Department of Education is celebrating online communities of practice for educators. This event occurs annually during the month of October and engages educators across the world. Last night I was in a webinar of 20 people and 8 came from countries other than the US. What an opportunity to learn!

If you have tried anything new this month related to technology in education (yours or your students’), here are a few sites to help get you started.

Connected Educators: Learn more about the initiative and the resources. Find the event calendar for the month here. Sign up and be amazed with the email of daily opportunities to learn and interact with colleagues from around the world. The event calendar is here.

common sense media: If you need to narrow the focus of your participation this month, zero in on Digital Citizenship Week, October 21-25.  Learn more about how to engage your stakeholders in being “smart” online.

Edutopia has compiled a great resource list for the month to support novices through experts in the rapidly expanding world of PLNs.

For example, paper.li is a great way to find the latest news on a topic of interest to YOU. Imagine having a personalized newspaper delivered to you daily or weekly. One of my favorites is #Satchat Daily compiled by Brad Currie, a connected middle school dean. You might also be interested in his #Satchat Twitter chat for school leaders every Saturday morning 7:30-8:30 AM EST. Or you might be interested in the topic of assessment literacy and look for the Assessment Literacy Digest, which is a relatively new paper.

Or if you already spend time on Pinterest for more personal and fun interests (I like doors and travel, myself), consider expanding to look at things related to our profession. Follow Edutopia, for example. And by all means, check out a couple of my favorite communities – Powerful Learning Practice (PLPnetwork) and edWeb.

Oh, and hit me up on Twitter – @kdyer13. Looking forward to connecting with you!

Take a minute and share here what you are doing for CEM.

Glad to have you as part of my PLN!

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Entrepreneurial Learning…Coaching…Common Core

A colleague, Anne Fox, shared this video about entrepreneurial learning, which I found inspirational. Where are you with your thinking about this topic?

 

Just found a nice poster about coaching from the PLP network you may want to check out. It highlights these 5 tips about coaching.

  1. Coach from a strength based, appreciative inquiry perspective
  2. Nurture personal relationships
  3. Listen
  4. Leverage the affordances of technology
  5. Maximize coaching and learning with activities and protocols

Achieve the Core is constantly adding high-quality, useable resources to support work with Common Core – this week 10 new sample lessons based on popular texts, instructional practice guides (I love this tool), professional development modules, resources for parents, etc.

Infographics…Educators Online…Snow Globes

Jeff Clark has taken the concept of analyzing text in some vastly more refined directions than tag clouds and wordles. His recent post – Novel Views: Les Miserables – displays character mentions, word connections, word clouds and characteristic verbs (for primary characters).

Made me curious about how kids would respond to tasks like these – a DIY experiment of how graphs can be represented with paper – not on paper, but with paper. You might chuckle over the “pie chart already eaten” link. Or the origami pieces that represent the world internet usage statistics.

The 2013 Gallup Student Poll on student engagement takes place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1. Participation is free and interested schools can find more information about the poll here. The 2012 results showed that student engagement lessens with each grade. What leads to disengagement for students in your setting? While many have written about student engagement, the use of formative assessment practices is one way to get the classroom learning team engaged – peers serving as instructional resources, student directing their own learning based on where they need and want to go and the feedback they receive along the way, teachers adjusting during instruction as they learn more about what students know and don’t know.

Renee Jain’s post on resilience connects to a couple of other topics for me – student engagement and coaching. Our cognitive style connects to both, as does self-awareness. Self-awareness is also a piece of formative assessment; students know where they are in their learning and being able to outline the course to get them where they want to be.

John Klugin recommends some free tech tools for educators – enhanced video production, more efficient storage, Slide Rocket – a presentation tool and Symbaloo for establishing a web presence.

Having recently started an online course through Powerful Learning Practice, I was surprised to find this FETC article – Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development. This quote from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in the article – “One of the things I tell [teachers] is that I don’t want you to change anything about your teaching. I want you to change everything about your learning, and do that first.”  Gives you something to consider…

This short report – 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the Common Core – has some useful sites for teachers implementing CCSS.

Are you an educator using Pinterest like me? If so you may want to check this out – The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology. It is clear I need to be updating my boards soon!

This descriptor – The Khan Academy videos made a stir when they arrived on the educational stage. But are they a paradigm shift or an old model in new clothes? – caught my attention in THE Journal. If you are interested, check out The Math of Khan in the latest issue. Peter Kelman’s comments about “amateur educators” are interesting. Both sides of the coin are shared in the article, along with how schools and districts are using Khan Academy.

See your house in a snow globe!?!?! This came from a friend (and you may have already seen it) with this note, “I’m sure they used Google Earth, or a similar program. But it is clever!” But how in the world could this be – from a front view???

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