Connected Educator Month

October is Connected Educator Month. I have put together some resources about being a connected educator for teachers to explore. Click here for Connected Educator Resources.

Check out some older posts that I have written about being a Connected Educator.

Connected Educator Month Post 1 – Overview

Connected Educator Month Post 2 – Edutopia Connected Educator Resources

Connected Educator Month Post 3 – Connected Educators to follow

Connected Educator Month Post 4 – Twitter Chats

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Tech Tuesday 2.18.14 – Some things to do over February Break

This post was originally published 4.02.13. I made a few slight updates. Enjoy!

Have some extra time over break? Yeah right. Well, just in case you do, here are some ideas.

Review our Tech Tuesday blog posts:

Watch a TED Talk or two:

Think of ways to change 20%  of what you do in the classroom using concepts from PD Day:

Watch this video: Did You Know? Shift Happens 2013 – 2014 / Higher Education

Have a great Break!

Tech Tuesday – 11.19.13 Personal Learning Networks: Why and How?

On Sunday, 11.24.13, I am presenting on how to create and manage a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Amy Oliveri at NYSCATE.  I firmly believe that you can’t continue to teach and be relevant without some sort of a PLN. The amount of information available is truly transformative for educators. You are doing yourself and your students a disservice by not investing some time and energy into creating a PLN. Here is why,

  • It’s personal to you.
    Your PLN is made up of information and people that have meaning to you and to what you do.
  • It’s free.
    It costs you and your school or district nothing.
  • It’s available when you are.
    No scheduling issues to contend with EVER.

Think of your PLN like a phenomenal conference that is always relevant, continually evolving, and growing.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for creating and sharing a phenomenal guide for helping teachers create a PLN.
The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks

Happy creating! If you have questions about PLNs or you have some great resources in your PLN please share here in the comments section!

Still not sure what a PLN is? Watch the video below.

Please use the hashtag #pln4ed to share relevant PLN information .

Tech Tuesday – 10.15.13 – Connected Educators

Finding good reputable sources to connect with can be difficult. Here are few connected educators that I respect and learn from on a regular basis.

Eric Sheninger – Eric is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.

Edna Sackson – Enda is a Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at an  International Baccalaureate PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. Her blogs is full of great ideas for all grade levels.

Vicki Davis aka Cool Cat Teacher – Vicki is an IT Director and author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time (Pearson). She is a great resource for teachers at every level.

George Couros – George  is currently a Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. He works with children of all ages.

Louise Morgan – Louise is a 2nd grade teacher from Fort Worth, Texas. She uses her blog to showcase classroom projects and activities.

Tech Tuesday 3.26.13

What is Pinterest?

Over the past few years visual pinboards have been developed to help people stay organized. Before virtual pinboards existed I would download images to folders on my desktop that I would promptly lose or forget about. I tried different naming conventions but I could never find a reference, visual, or video when I needed it most. Pinterest does not only help me stay organized but it is a social site. I can find links and resources from other teachers in my discipline, lessons, apps, and classroom tips. Edutopia even recently wrote an article on the benefits of Pinterest in education called, Pinterest for Teachers? There are other pinboard services out there that function similarly to Pinterest that I would recommend looking at before settling on one.

Check out some of our favorite educational resources from Pinterest below:

ISTE

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Edutopia

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ASCD

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Edudemic

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And now introducing the Allendale Columbia School Pinterest. Inspired by guest blogger Heather Lambie on Brendan Schneider’s blog, How I Used Pinterest to Create Our School’s Virtual, Viral Viewbook.

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Tech Tuesday 3.19.13

Whether you are new to Twitter or you have been using it for a while, finding relevant people to follow can be a challenge. Here are some resources and suggestions to help you find people you can follow.