Powerful Learning Practice http://plpnetwork.com Professional learning for connected educators, Professional Development for Teachers Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:26:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I am grateful for… http://plpnetwork.com/2014/11/23/grateful-for/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/11/23/grateful-for/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:31:12 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9294 With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am taking some time to reflect on just how very fortunate I am. Since becoming a connected educator in 2011, my learning world has expanded beyond my expectations and then some. I know that many of the successes our school is experiencing would not have been realized without this support.

Here are a few people and groups that have recently made an impact on my professional and personal life.

Who are you grateful for?

Who are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my All Things PLC (#atplc) Voxer group. This community of practice has provided expertise, honesty, humor, and support since Tom Whitford included me a couple of months ago. What I love about this group is we have a nice balance of both teachers and administrators. Despite our differences in roles, we are all focused on the same thing – learner achievement and engagement. Our conversations are propelling us toward this ultimate goal.

I am grateful for Kathy Cassidy and Marsha Ratzel. These two expert teachers joined me in a webinar in October, on the topic of connected formative assessment. What they shared with the participants that evening was so impressive. How they find the time to be such selfless contributors with their already busy schedules is beyond me. The parents of their students must be so happy to have Kathy and Marsha as their child’s teacher this year.

I am grateful for Clare Landrigan. She is one of the authors of Assessment in Perspective (Stenhouse, 2013). Several of my teachers have decided to do a book study on her title. They created a Google+ Community to share their thinking and collaborate in this online space. Clare has graciously agreed to participate in this learning community.

I am grateful for the staff and students at Howe Elementary School, where I work. The enthusiasm they consistently display for literacy and learning keeps me going as a principal. Just recently, I encouraged all of our students to recommend a book to me while I camped out in the library. Over 90 students came down to suggest their favorite title. I documented their recommendations and took a picture of them with their book to display in the hallways. Their love for literature is a direct result of the learning community their teachers create in the classrooms.

I am grateful for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. They have created a Title I program, Spotlight Schools, that awards funds toward schools that are showing student achievement success. You read that right: Dollars are being allocated for buildings that are experiencing success. We are expected to host other schools and share best practice, as well as invest in professional and student learning resources. With disagreements at the federal level over budgets, our Title I dollars were vastly reduced. The effort that the consultants have put into keeping this effective program running for our state deserves recognition.

Most of all, I am grateful for my family and friends. They read what I write and respond honestly to what I share. Any successes I might experience can usually be traced back to the time and resources they provide. I hope you find yourself just as fortunate this Thanksgiving.

Who inspires you most?

SmartBlog on Education this year launched a monthly Editor’s Choice Content Award, which recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss. SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers. SmartBlog’s editors selected the two best original content pieces each month and posted them on their blog. Now they’re honoring the SmartBrief Educators Choice Content Award for 2014. I’m honored to be among this list of amazing educators. SmartBlog needs your input – please vote for the educator-blogger that inspires you most by December 10 if you’d like to share your opinion.

A wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us at Powerful Learning Practice!

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Upcoming free webinars: Peek inside the Life of a Connected Learner http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/16/upcoming-free-webinars-peek-life-connected-learner/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/16/upcoming-free-webinars-peek-life-connected-learner/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:02:12 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9290 Peek inside the Life of a Connected Learner

Spend an hour chatting with us and find out about our unique brand of coached, team-based professional learning and how to learn like connected learners do – through action research, lesson plan studies, virtual classroom visits, and more. Register for this free, one hour webinar, with many convenient dates and times below.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today! Pick a convenient date & time from the link below to get started.

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All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 8-14 http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/07/connected-educator-month-events-october-8-14/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/07/connected-educator-month-events-october-8-14/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:29:19 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9287 We can’t believe we’re already into week two of Connected Educator Month! Each Tuesday in October, we’ll post a roundup of featured events for the upcoming week. View the entire calendar hereIn this post are all the events you won’t want to miss October 8-14!  First, events from our theme leaders and sponsors:

Connected Cafe Twitter Chats

connected-cafeConnected Cafe is a series of Twitter chats (#ce14) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8pm EDT throughout October, co-sponsored by ISTE and CTQISTE Board Member and Connected Educator Month co-leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will facilitate the #ce14 chat. Our guest hosts will interact with the moderator and other participants around their area of expertise as it relates to connected learning or leadership for change.

Here’s what’s coming up this week during Connected Cafe:

Paige Johnson

Paige Johnson

Tuesday, October 7 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Personalized Learning

Guest: Paige Johnson, Intel Education Strategist, ISTE Board member



Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield

Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield

Wednesday, October 8 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Leading Core Success

Guests: Rob Kriete and Cheryl Redfield, CTQ teacherpreneurs



Scott Merrick

Scott Merrick

Thursday, October 9 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

K-12 Public Schooling Online: Making It Work

Guest: Scott Merrick, Lead Virtual Teacher, Support Specialist, Academies Coach at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Virtual SchoolISTE PLN leader

Twitter Chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Tuesday, October 14 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Join the Connected Educator Month team for a Twitter Chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. We’ll discuss hot topics in connected education including the Future Ready pledge and President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. Get a rare chance to interact with one of the most influential people in education today. Don’t miss out! The Twitter chat will take place at the #ce14 hashtag.

Webinars with ISTE Mobile Learning Network

Connectedness without Twitter: What else can you use?

downloadMonday, October 13 • 4:00pm – 4:30pm – While Twitter is undeniably the primary Go-To for educators starting and developing a professional learning network (PLN), but other networks are available, are mobile, and are perhaps already teeming with fellow educators. Come learn about these tools, their communities and how you might leverage them for your own PLN!

UDL, Cross Platform ACC Apps, Your Favorite & Mine

Monday, October 13 • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Let’s explore your favorite apps and mine for teaching learners with multiple special needs. We’ll discuss iOS and Android-based apps for helping students communicate.

Master Note-Taking with Microsoft OneNote

Monday, October 13 • 7:00pm – 7:30pm – Microsoft OneNote is a free note-taking tool allowing users to organize their thoughts all in one place. Type, handwrite, or sketch notes. Add files, images, links, videos, and more. Microsoft OneNote- it’s the three-ring binder for the 21st century.

Stop Animation Keeps Learning Going

Monday, October 13 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Ideas will be shared for quick student-created stop animation movies using the Lego Movie app for use in all grades and subjects. Tips for making stop animation easier to incorporate in the classroom and answers to stop animation questions will be shared from my ten years of experiences with this activity.

Minecraft and More

Saturday, October 11 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – ISTE Games and Simulations Network holds their second Minecraft and More event. This will be part webinar also with part livestreamed on a Minecraft server.

Saturday noon ET over the Games MOOC YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/gamesmooc

#edtechchat Topic: Educational leadership in the digital age with moderator Lyn Hilt

http://shop.plpnetwork.com/educational-leadership-in-the-digital-age/Monday, October 13 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Lyn Hilt will moderate #edtechchat, a well-attended synchronous chat on Twitter and will ask questions to participants focusing on the attributes exemplified by today’s educational leaders. Lyn is leading the upcoming eCourse Educational Leadership in the Digital Age with Powerful Learning Practice, launching October 20.

Developing Creativity in K-12 Classrooms with Adobe Education

adobeSunday, October 12 • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Today’s students want to make a difference in the world. And they want to do it their way, using the tools of the connected world they’ve grown up in. Our opportunity is to provide an engaging learning environment that supports learning on any device, any time, from any location. And our imperative is to foster creative thinking, collaboration, and the development of digital skills.

This webinar will share the strategies and tools used in our classroom to ensure students are given these opportunities to develop creative confidence to become innovative thinkers of the future.

Join our Australian Adobe Education Leaders as they showcase how to encourage creativity, digital skills and collaboration in K-12 Classrooms.

New Frontiers in Assessment Hot Seats with NCLE

The dominant practices in assessment today have not kept pace with what we know about how students learn. To help broaden the conversation about assessment, NCLE will be putting an expert or team of experts on innovative approaches to assessment on the “hot seat” each week in October. Each week’s guest(s) will participate throughout the week in a conversation about their work and the questions it raises about the future of assessment in an online discussion forum. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation at ncle.vanillaforums.com.

October 6-12 – Scott Filkins, Champaign Unit 4 Schools

Scott Filkins has worked as an educator in a variety of roles, including English teacher and department chair, reading teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts, grades 6-12. Scott also co-directs the University of Illinois Writing Project and has taught a highly successful online course on formative assessment through the National Council of Teachers and English. He is the author of Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment (NCTE, 2012), winner of the 2013 CEE James N. Britton Award.

Book Clubs

book clubThe Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity for you to read books about or related to connected learning or online communities, then discuss them with your peers and in some cases the author. Discussions happen through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events. There are over 10 books to choose from and book clubs are kicking off now!

Join the Book Club Community today!

Weekly Blended Learning Tweetups & Panels sponsored by CUE

tweetupTweetups happen every Tuesday in October at #ce14 and #blendedlearning on Twitter. This week: Blended Learning Teaching – Tuesday, October 14 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Blended Learning Panel #2: Blended Learning and Teaching. What does it take to be an effective blended teacher? – Monday, October 13. 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.

What does it really mean to be a blended learning teacher? This webinar will feature teachers who have transformed into blended learning. They will share best practices regarding classroom management, personalizing learning for every student, ongoing data driven curriculum decision making, and the pedagogy required for a blended learning classroom. Also included will be the types of ongoing support that is needed to be successful in a blended learning classroom.

Registration is free, but please register and add to your Connected Educator Month calendar


Saturday, October 11, check out all these great edCamps. What’s an edCamp you ask? edCamp is a 1-day “unconference.” It is a chance for those in education (teachers, administrators, etc) to get together, network, share and learn. The day is planned during the kick off at the beginning of the day where any participant can propose a session idea/topic to the session list. All sessions are laid out and then everyone attends sessions they want during the rest of the day.

Other awesome events to check out

Breaking the Mold: Diversifying STEM Academia

Wednesday, October 8 • 9:30am – 11:00am – Scientific and technological innovation arises from new approaches and diversity of ideas. Too few women and individuals of color pursue and complete STEM degrees, leaving an untapped talent pool. It’s clear that U.S. colleges need to do a better job recruiting and retaining these individuals, but how? Can institutions attract students from underrepresented groups when their STEM departments don’t reflect the diversity of students they aim to serve?

The data make these disparities palpable: Although women with STEM Ph.D.’s are likelier to start their careers in academia, their male peers get more of the highly coveted faculty appointments at research institutions, giving them an early advantage to climb university ranks. And faculty of color are severely underrepresented in the top 100 STEM departments, accounting for just 5 percent.

Since colleges and universities exert great influence over the makeup of our future STEM workforce, the American Institutes for Research is hosting a discussion to explore the hurdles underrepresented groups face when pursuing an academic STEM career and to discuss what policies universities and colleges should consider to be more inclusive. Follow @Education_AIR to join the conversation and ask panelists questions using the hashtag #STEMdiversity.

Coding for Kindergarten: Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving Skills to Early Learners

Wednesday, October 8 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – With so many apps and digital tools marketed to young children, it’s hard to know what kind of experiences children are having when engaging with them. Not all apps are created equal, and in this webinar we will look at the different affordances of digital playgrounds (and playpens). We will also discuss ScratchJr, a new app designed at Tufts University and MIT to teach programming concepts to K-2nd grade students. Throughout the presentation, we will think about why programming is an important skill for early education, and what children can gain when they learn to code. Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/AKCkL

Workshop: Integrating Digital Technologies in Mathematics

Wednesday, October 8 • 4:15pm – 7:00pm – Explore e-learning pedagogy in Mathematics and digital technologies to support teachers in engaging and challenging students in the teaching and learning process. There will be a focus on online professional learning communities and 21st century future – oriented learning and teaching.

Social Media Ninjas: A masterclass in becoming a connected educator

Wednesday, October 8 • 6:15pm – 7:30pm – You may have tweeted on Twitter, dabbled in Google+, blogged a few times and added your voice to an online discussion or two. It’s time to step up, take your connectedness to the next level and lead others to do the same. This session is featured in Connected Educator Month and offers an opportunity to explore why the most connected educators in the world are so successful. What can we learn and adapt for our own professional growth?

This session would suit you if you have a developing confidence in the online space, are looking for your next challenge and are keen to provide leadership to others in your school/kura and community. And you know it’s not (just) about the technologies…

Identifying Quality Games, Websites, and Apps for Learning

Thursday, October 9 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Educators must sift through a sea of digital media to determine what apps, websites and games are of high quality for student learning. In this session, join Common Sense Media to learn about Graphite.org, their new free platform that helps K-12 educators discover, use and share the best digital learning products. Graphite offers rigorous ratings and reviews of learning products, covering a broad range of core academic subjects such as math and reading, as well as deeper learning skills such as creativity, thinking and communication.

Project ReimaginED: Redesign with ISTE Standards & Common Core

Thursday, October 9 • 4:30pm – 5:00pm – Project ReimaginED is a new social learning community dedicated to redesigning learning activities to meet the ISTE Standards for Students and the Common Core. Learn more about this moderated community for K-12 classroom teachers and technology coaches who want to learn how to apply the standards through collaborative practice.

Twitter Chat: #whatisschool is an interactive twitter chat about education around the world

Thursday, October 9 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – We have done our best to create an edchat space where people can express an unbiased response to questions about schooling, where educators have a voice in shaping the future through their experience, recommendations and interests.

Twitter but questions posted each week with an archive of previous chat at http://mrkempreflects.blogspot.com

Digital Citizenship in an iPad Classroom

Friday, October 10 • 11:00am – 12:00pm – Learn about iPad resources for teaching digital citizenship by Common Sense Media. The K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum is available as free iBook Textbooks with interactive lesson activities, embedded videos, ability to email work to the teacher, and professional development. Digital Passport is an app for grades 3-5 that teaches the basics of digital safety and etiquette. Get ideas on digital citizenship for the iPad classroom.

Free Online Concert for K-5 Students Nationwide – ‘World Communities Concert’

Friday, October 10 • 1:15pm – 2:15pm – You and your class are formally invited to join performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch on Friday, October 10 at 1:15pm eastern time for a live, interactive concert that’s being broadcast nationwide from Dave’s home studio in Buffalo NY.

The program is called “World Communities Concert”, and features songs, musical instruments and stories from all over the world. Geared especially for grades K-5, this program is simple to access and requires only one thing from you: that your students like to laugh, sing, move, answer questions, and get involved as they learn!

Dave’s had tremendous feedback from teachers, administrators and students since launching these distance learning concerts last year, and is happy to share this exciting new format with you free of charge as we celebrate Connected Educator Month in October.

You can reserve your spot for the free concert at the link below, and Dave will be happy to email you with more information and a test link to make sure you have what’s needed on your end to participate (90+% of schools do).

Online discussion: Connecting kids & communities to science

Sunday, October 12 • 4:00pm – 11:00pm – This discussion invites you to reflect on the ways, people and places that children choose to involve in learning science. This will be important for schools trying to set up learning & change networks to improve science education. We hope to have regional, community and international perspectives.

#caedchat discusses: Collaboration and Capacity Building

Sunday, October 12 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Join #caedchat as they join Connected Educator’s month to discuss Collaboration and Capacity Building. This is a one hour Twitter chat and the moderators will be Jo-Ann Fox (@AppEducactionFox) and Jessica Pack (@Packwoman208).

K12 Online Conference pre-conference keynote

Monday, October 13 • 8:00am – 9:00am – The K12 Online Conference is a FREE, online conference open to ANYONE organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. This year’s theme is “Igniting Innovation,” and our keynote presentation is from renowned educator Wes Fryer.

#CommunityChat – #CE14 Educator Professional Development & Learning

Monday, October 13 • 8:00pm – 8:00pm – Community Chat is a weekly discussion on topics, themes and trends that affect Australian educators. The conversation takes place in Scootle Community and live Monday 8PM AEST on twitter using the #Communitychat hashtag. During Connected Educator month, Community Chat will focus on one of #CE14’s themes each Monday evening.

This week we’ll focus on tailored teacher professional earning available via online networks, conversation resources and questions can be viewed here. Please join in the learning, sharing and great #edchat Monday 8PM AEST.

Oslo Innovation week (Norwegian Event)

Tuesday, October 14 – Riktig bruk av teknologi er med på å gjøre læring mer motiverende og tilpasset hver enkelt elev. I Norge er det en rekke leverandører av slik teknologi som nettopp muliggjør læring på nye og bedre måter. Disse leverandørene kaller vi norsk edtech-næring og de leverer læringsløsninger for elever og teknologi som gir smartere organisering av skolehverdagen.

Questioning to Support Formative Assessment

Tuesday, October 14 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Formative assessment is a powerful tool for improving teaching and increasing student learning. Our four-part Formative Assessment Webinar Series will explore strategies for strengthening the role of formative assessment in mathematics instruction. In our second interactive session, Dr. Sara Delano Moore will focus on questioning techniques which support visible student thinking and provide quality information for teachers. Learn strategies for crafting important questions and incorporating them into your teaching. Join Sara on October 14 to learn questioning techniques which move student learning forward. Register for this event here: http://ow.ly/AkUlR

Workshop: Beginners Guide to Becoming a Connected Educator (New Zealand)

Tuesday, October 14 – This is an opportunity for educators to explore how to connect with other educators, resources and experts beyond their school. Tools to be explored: Google Apps, Skype, Twitter, Pond and the Virtual Learning Network. Participants will explore tools in a hands-on manner and this will give educators the opportunity to create profiles and make a start at setting up an online professional learning network. All types of laptops and mobile devices welcome, please bring your headphones.

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Your insider’s guide to Connected Educator Month – Week 1 http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/02/insiders-guide-connected-educator-month-week-1/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/10/02/insiders-guide-connected-educator-month-week-1/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:13:42 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9285 It’s here! Connected Educator Month has launched all over the world! Powerful Learning Practice is proud to be one of the core organizations leading Connected Educator Month, and we wanted to make sure that you – our PLPeeps – are part of the celebration!

This email has a roundup of activities and events you won’t want to miss. Each Tuesday in October, we’ll post a roundup of featured events for the upcoming week.

Welcome to Connected Educator Month from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Events you can’t miss the week of October 1-7

Connected Cafe: Building a Learning Community Twitter chat

connected-cafeThursday, October 2 • 7-8pm EDT: This chat is part of the Connected Cafe co-sponsored by ISTE & CTQ: Adam Bellow, founder of eduTecher / eduClipper will discuss building a learning community by creating, sharing, getting feedback and growing as a leader and a learner. Adam was recognized in 2011 as the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and in 2010 as an Emerging Leader as well as a finalist for the 2010 Totally Wired Teacher of Year award. ISTE Board member and Connected Educator Month co-leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will moderate the Twitter chat. Join us at #ce14.

Theme Kickoff Event: ASCD Twitter Chat – #ASCDL2L – Educator Professional Learning

twitter-chatTuesday, October 7 • 8 – 9pm EDT: Join ASCD and educators everywhere for a special #ASCDL2L Twitter chat. The chat, facilitated by ASCD Emerging Leader Erin Klein, will explore topics including successful educator observations and peer-to-peer learning. ASCD Faculty experts Andrew Miller, Nicole Clifton, and Stefani Hite will participate in the discussion to share their advice and best practices related to these topics, and also answer all your pressing professional development and learning questions. Learn more about this event here.

ISTE 2015 Registration Opens

Mark your calendar: June 28-July 1, 2015 is the ISTE 2015 conference in Philadelphia. Registration is now open!

#INeLearn Chat: A Time & Place for Professional Learning

Thursday, October 2 • 9:00pm – 10:00pm – The #INeLearn hashtag is used for both asynchronous sharing and synchronous conversations by Indiana educators who are interested in engaging students and enriching the learning experience through the integration of technology. Asynchronously, the #INeLearn hashtag provides educators across the state of Indiana a central space for sharing. And on Thursday nights, we come together for a state edchat using the hashtag. All educators are welcome to join.

Branding Your School: Effectively Communicating Your School’s Story to the Community

Thursday, October 2 • 4:30pm – 5:15pm - Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education in a Google Hangout that will explore why school branding is so important to students’ success and provide
tools to start telling your school story. Authors of The Power of Branding (Corwin, 2014) and school district leaders Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo, PhD will share personal stories on how spreading their transparent message has transformed school learning environments and created a positive culture that involves the entire school community.

Let The Games Begin!

Saturday, October 4 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm - Overview of ISTE Games & Sims Network events to include special guest Laura Briggs, President of ISTE Mobile Network, to talk about mobile games, Minecraft & apps. At the Games MOOC YouTube channel

Speak Up 2014

Speak UpMonday, October 6 • 8:00am – 10:00pm – Are you “Speaking Up” about digital learning this year? If not, you are missing a unique opportunity to have your views—as well as the views of your colleagues, students, their parents and the local community—included in the increasingly important U.S. national and state discussions on digital learning policies, programs, and funding. To “Speak Up,” simply visit this link to take the survey between Oct 6th- Dec 19th. To learn more about the Speak Up happenings throughout the survey process please visit: www.tomorrow.org/speakup

WORKSHOP: A PLN (personalised learning network) in your pocket – Become a connected educator

ulearn mobileMonday, October 6 • 4:30pm – 7:00pm – Do you wish you could carry the expertise of the ULearn presenters around in your pocket and keep them at your fingertips long after the conference has ended? Well now you can!  Join us on a facilitated journey through a range of tools to connect your professional learning.

Explore social networks like Twitter and the VLN, a look at blogging, how to use a news feed to funnel the best content to you and curations tools for keeping your resources organised. By the end this session you will be set up for the rest of the Ulearn conference, be ready for Connected Educator Month and be a fully fledged connected educator into your connected future. NOTE: This session is part of the ULearn14 Mobile one day conference.

Blended Learning Panel 1: What is Blended Learning and What are the Best Implementation Strategies?

Monday, October 6, 7:00-8:30pm EST / 4:00-5:30 PST.

This webinar and panel discussion will first discuss what is and is not blended learning in the K-12 education with examples from schools and classrooms from across the nation. The panel will then address the various implementation strategies that are effective with blended learning and the elements needed to sustain a blended learning program in the long term to transform teacher and impact student achievement.

Panel Members: Allison Powell, iNACOL; Mike Lawrence, CUE; Rob Darrow, Blended Teacher Network; and a representative from the Christensen Institute. The webinar will be recorded and archived for viewing and listening at a later time.

Registration is free, but please register and add to your Connected Educator Month calendar

Coaching the Leader Within

Tuesday, October 7 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) – More librarians than realize it have leadership traits within. This webinar is designed to coach and develop those skills to better meet and accomplish the demands of today’s school librarian. Developing individuals into leaders requires coaching. Coaches know the big picture, develop trust and respect, make reasonable demands, hold others accountable, delegate work and develop individuals. In this webinar you will identify coaching techniques to sharpen leadership skills in yourself and to assist you in guiding a team. You will compare coaching dispositions to leadership qualities. Learn how to clarify roles that will hold colleagues and students responsible for the work they perform. Discover reflective practices that will coach you toward improved attitudes that support the skills needed to perform the many tasks you do.

Office Hours for Online Facilitators hosted by EdTech Leaders Online

Tuesday, October 7 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – In celebration of Connected Educator Month and its theme of “helping educators thrive in a connected world,” EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) is hosting Office Hours for Online Facilitators. Come prepared to ask questions from other online facilitators and educators leading online or blended courses for students and/or teachers or feel free to just listen in and learn from others. Registration is not required, we’ll be meeting in the ETLO Collaborate Webinar Room.

1. Download your free Starter Kit

Connected Educator Month Starter KitNever been part of an online professional community or network?  Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected?  The Connected Educator Month Starter Kit can help you on both fronts.

Loaded with helpful links and embedded videos, the kit takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day.

Download your free starter kit here.

2. Get the latest updates

Sign up to get all the latest CEM news and follow our blog to keep up with Connected Educator Month happenings. Join the brainstorming and all the action at #ce14 on Twitter, too!

3. Get to know our 2014 themes

Learn more about this year’s themes, chosen by the people, for the people. The themes cover everything from blended learning to the maker movement. There’s sure to be something of interest no matter what your role in education.

4. Create a calendar profile, find events

calendarThe new Connected Educator Month calendar offers many enhancements over last year’s version.  One is that you can create a free personal account for yourself that will allow you to create a custom schedule that you can integrate with your own calendar system — it’ll automatically send you reminders for events you’re interested in too!  Learn more here, including tutorial videos to show you how to use the calendar.

5. Add events to the calendar

Add your organization’s events, whether specifically created for Connected Educator Month or not, to the calendar. Need help coming up with events and activities for the month?  Here’s an overview of the event, and more detailed advice on formats and topics.

6. Support the cause

From donating prizes that can be awarded in our weekly crowdfunding contests to starting a crowdfunding team and raising funds, there are lots of ways to get involved. Find out more about our crowdfunding campaign, and how we’re encouraging individuals and organizations to own a piece of Connected Educator Month this year.

7. Blog, Tweet, and more – Help spread the word

Help spread the wordWant to show your support for Connected Educator Month and what it stands for? Want to encourage other educators to come join the discussions, the explorations, and the fun?  Or maybe you just to let others know that when people talk about “connected educators,” that means you or your organization. Check out the supporter toolkit – where you’ll find a large collection of graphics, written copy, Tweetables, and other promotional tools to help spread the word through blogging or social media.

8. Join a Book Club

join-a-book-clubThe Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to connected learning and online communities, then discuss them with your peers and in some cases the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events. Have a book you want to see in the book club? We are doing an all-call for books on connected learning. Learn more & sign up.

9. Make connections with edConnectr

CEM is first and foremost about making connections. CEM’s edConnectr uses tags and maps to make it easy and fun to create profiles to collaborate, get help, or just connect. Tell us about yourself, find other educators like you, and then connect & collaborate with edConnectr.

10. Join a collaborative project

Mission & GoalsLast year, dozens of educators and leaders contributed to the collaborative projects list. Here you can indicate the kinds of collaborations you’re interested in and the topics that most interest you, then find other groups that share your approach and passions! Add your interests and contact those you want to collaborate with. Or you can check out one of the featured projects below:

  • Adopt-A-Colleague Kit - A well-polished set of resources and ideas for connected educators to use in the continuing effort we’re all making to get less-connected colleagues on board.
  • PLN Exchange - The PLN Exchange aims to make it easy for educators to create a PLN (with a click), make it compelling to do so (w/the help of a great playlist) and the support of a collection of the best related resources online.
  • Who To Follow In Education - We and Edutopia want to help friends at Twitter create a ‘who to follow in education’ list on their site for educators everywhere, and need to give them a list of names that you have created and vetted.
  • Collective Twitter List – Add yourself to this list of Twitter users, let us know your areas of expertise, and find others with similar interests to follow.
  • Cross-Community Guided Tours - To allow less-connected educators to identify a need/interest, then explore a series of communities (in a self-guided way, with our help) to see unique ways in which each helps address that interest/need.

11. Earn badges

Connected Educator Month is dedicated to supporting educators learning and collaborating through online communities and social networks. As you connect with communities and networks, personalize your learning experiences and earn Connected Educator Badges as you go! Click on the badges below to find activities and projects that interest you and start earning badges today. There are special badges from the Connected Educator Month Starter Kit, as well as badges you can award to your peer educators!

12. Make friends with Connected Educator Month

Follow Connected Educator Month on these social networks:

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Wikis 101 Course: Interview with instructor Jennifer Bloomingdale http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/23/wikis-101-course-interview-instructor-jennifer-bloomingdale/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/23/wikis-101-course-interview-instructor-jennifer-bloomingdale/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:21:41 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9281 On September 29, educational technology specialist Jennifer Bloomingdale is launching a new eCourse all about Wikis. In this interview, Jennifer discusses her Wikis 101 course and what participants can expect to experience.

Jennifer has four years of elementary teaching experience, which includes implementing a 1:1 netbook initiative. It was through her teaching experience and masters program that Jennifer developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Participants in these courses are in for a treat!

What is a Wiki? Who is the ideal learner for this course?

Wikis 101A wiki is a collaboratively built web site, where users can work together to add and design content. The ideal learner would be anyone interested in learning about a new tool that will support all subjects and grade levels, while at the same time encouraging creativity and collaboration.

What’s your favorite use of Wikis for education that you’ve seen so far?

Although there are many options for using wikis, my favorite is when students collaboratively build wikis to share what they have learned.  Especially if their project is made public, where others may find it useful and leave feedback, providing an authentic audience for students.

What will the learning experience be like for participants? Can you tell us about some of the learning activities?

We start with specifics, how to build a wiki in Wikispaces. Participants will have access to a video library to help review certain features as they work through projects and assignments. There are a few hands-on activities throughout the course that guide participants in developing a wiki and ideas for classroom use.  We will explore and share ideas for utilizing wikis in the classroom and how to manage classroom use of the tool.

How will the courses change the way participants think about or use Wikis?

Through this course, I hope that participants will see the wide variety of options there are for using a wiki with their students. It can lead to connections with other classes, encourage creativity and collaboration and provide a public place for students to share work.

What would you tell someone who was interested, but on the fence about signing up?

In all of the classes I facilitate my main goal is to create a supportive environment, where everyone can work towards their own goals, while at the same time learning from each other. One of the things I love about working in an online environment like this is that you always have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences working together, which leads to many ideas being shared and a lot of inspiration!

Wikis 101 starts September 29

Enroll now

About the Instructor

Jennifer BloomingdaleJennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose in 2006 with a Bachelors in Childhood Education. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Educational Technology and became a New York State certified Educational Technology Specialist.  Jennifer has four years of elementary teaching experience, which includes implementing a 1:1 netbook initiative. It was through her teaching experience and masters program that Jennifer developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer is also a Google Educator certified in both Google Apps and Chromebook. Here you will find Jennifer’s Digital Portfolio.

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Wikis 101: New course launches September 29 http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/18/wikis-101-launches-september-29/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/18/wikis-101-launches-september-29/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:49:45 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9275 Powerful Learning Practice is excited to announce a new eCourse as part of the bestselling Web 2.0 tools series: Wikis 101. The first section of this course launches September 29!

Wikis 101A wiki is an online tool that allows people to create, collaborate and share, it is essentially a web page that a variety of people can edit.  They have a variety of uses, teachers can organize their course content, create resources for students, students can use it to share what they learned, develop a digital portfolio, and create collaborative projects.

As result of this course participants will:

  • Learn how-to create and collaborate with a Wiki
  • Evaluate how using Wikis can enhance curriculum
  • Discuss pros/cons of private and public viewing of information
  • Create engaging lessons and activities with Wikis

This course is part of the Web 2.0 Tools Series, which addresses the relationship between content, pedagogy, and technology while covering the nuts and bolts of each tool and how to use each within the context of your classroom.

This two-week course runs September 29-October 10 and is only $90.

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About the instructor

Jennifer BloomingdaleJennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose in 2006 with a Bachelors in Childhood Education. In 2011 she completed her Masters in Educational Technology and became a New York State certified Educational Technology Specialist.  Jennifer has four years of elementary teaching experience, which includes implementing a 1:1 netbook initiative. It was through her teaching experience and masters program that Jennifer developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer is also a Google Educator certified in both Google Apps and Chromebook. Here you will find Jennifer’s Digital Portfolio.

Graduate Credit Available

After the course begins, graduate credit may be obtained through North Dakota State University. Get complete details here.

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New Fall Courses: Wikis, Glogster, Educational Leadership, Lesson Plans http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/16/fall-courses-wikis-glogster-photopeach-story-bird-educational-leadership-lesson-plans/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/16/fall-courses-wikis-glogster-photopeach-story-bird-educational-leadership-lesson-plans/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:38:14 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9272 Wikis 101Wikis 101

Launches September 29

This course will focus on Wikis. A wiki is an online tool that allows people to create, collaborate and share, it is essentially a web page that a variety of people can edit.  They have a variety of uses, teachers can organize their course content, create resources for students, students can use it to share what they learned, develop a digital portfolio, and create collaborative projects.

As result of this course participants will:

  • Learn how-to create and collaborate with a Wiki
  • Evaluate how using Wikis can enhance curriculum
  • Discuss pros/cons of private and public viewing of information
  • Create engaging lessons and activities with Wikis
Enroll now: Wikis 101

Glogster, PhotoPeach & Story BirdGlogster, PhotoPeach & Story Bird

Launches October 20

This course will cover Glogster, PhotoPeach and Story Bird. Glogster allows users to create and share digital posters, which can include, text, images, videos and hyperlinks.  With PhotoPeach students can create slideshows that incorporate pictures, music and text. Story Bird provides students with artistic images which they can use to inspire their writing, books can be published digitally or parents can purchase hard copies. Each of these tools provide opportunities for students to create and share their work in a variety of ways.

As result of this course participants will:

  • Learn how-to create and collaborate with each of the tools.
  • Evaluate how using Glogster, PhotoPeach and Story Bird can enhance curriculum
  • Discuss pros/cons of private and public viewing of information
  • Create engaging lessons and activities using Glogster, PhotoPeach or Story Bird.
Enroll now: Glogster, PhotoPeach & Story Bird

Educational Leadership in the Digital AgeEducational Leadership in the Digital Age

Launches October 22

School administrators are charged with leading their schools in a time of rapid change and ever-evolving digital technologies. It is imperative for school leaders to embrace innovative shifts in teaching and learning by incorporating emerging technologies and social media to enhance their own professional practice, as well as strengthen communications, collaborative efforts, and student learning outcomes for their organization. Through this 5-week eCourse we will explore:

  • the role of the principal/school leader as lead learner in the organization
  • ISTE’s NETS for Administrators as standards by which principals should strive to achieve digital age proficiencies
  • the ways in which a principal can establish a digital footprint and develop a personal learning network
  • how to harness the power of social media and digital technologies to improve communications both within and beyond their school communities, including the use of blogging to both communicate with your school community and support reflective practice
  • the use of web tools such as Google Docs to provide opportunities for increased collaboration among stakeholders in the organization as well as tools for creativity and curation
  • the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and professional development that support digital age learning
  • transformation of pedagogy and supervision/evaluation practices supported by the use of digital tools
  • self-driven project work, the completion of which will broaden participants’ comfort with and use of tools that support their current work in schools
Enroll now: Educational Leadership

Creative 21st Century Lesson PlansCreative 21st Century Lesson Plans

Launches November 3

For the busy educator, the Make & Take Lesson Plans eCourse series will make the most of your time. Each eCourse will kick off with a live webinar (archived versions will also be available) led by an experienced educator and/or school leader. You will be provided with a wealth of information and creative ideas for how to implement and develop effective lesson plans about the chosen topic. Supplemental materials, readings and samples will be provided in an online virtual community space.

As a result of this course participants will:

  • Use the TPACK framework to ensure tools aren’t driving 21st century lessons
  • Understand what are the Four C’s
  • Gain an understanding of the National Educational Technology Standards
  • Know how-to choose the right technology to enhance student learning
  • Evaluate how-to adapt older 20th Century lessons and create new 21st Century lessons from scratch
Enroll Now: 21st Century Lesson Plans ]]>
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Win $500 to Amazon.com – Connected Educator Month Crowdfunding Contest: Week Two http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/16/win-500-amazon-com-connected-educator-month-crowdfunding-contest-week/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/16/win-500-amazon-com-connected-educator-month-crowdfunding-contest-week/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:51:39 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9271 puzzle piecesThanks again for your ongoing support of our crowdfunding campaign to expand the scope of CEM and support connected education year-round. We promised you some great prizes for getting involved, and we’re delivering! Congratulations to last week’s contest winner, Sandy, who won a free eCourse from Powerful Learning Practice (a $495 value)!

Win a $500 shopping spree at Amazon.com

It’s time for a new contest! This week (September 11 – September 18), anyone who gets two donations (of any size) will be entered to win a $500 shopping spree from Amazon.com!

Join the PLP team, or donate to the PLP team right here:

Join or donate now

http://bit.ly/cem_crowdfunding (for more details about the campaign)
http://bit.ly/cem_crowdrise (direct link to join or start a team–click the Help Fundraise button)

Stay tuned for even more contests and prizes to come–our way of saying thanks for your support of a cause we all love!

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Free webinar: Digital Citizenship with author Kathy Cassidy http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/08/free-webinar-digital-citizenship-author-kathy-cassidy/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/08/free-webinar-digital-citizenship-author-kathy-cassidy/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:03:48 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9267 digital-citizenship

Join us for a free webinar about Digital Citizenship with author Kathy Cassidy

Join author Kathy Cassidy, Powerful Learning Practice CEO Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, and PLPress Managing Editor John Norton for a one-hour live webinar on September 14th at 7pm Eastern (New York) time. During this webinar, we’ll talk about digital citizenship and take a deeper look inside Kathy’s book Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades.

Even very young children can begin to understand how to use technology appropriately. What should the norms for this age group be? Should it include online publishing? Social media? How can we teach the concept of responsible use to pre and emerging writers? We’ll explore what is appropriate for young children and how we can begin to prepare them for life in a digital age.

This webinar has concluded, but you may download the archive below.

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About Connected from the Start

Connected from the StartIn her book, Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades, primary teacher Kathy Cassidy makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. Her well-balanced text presents both the rationale for connecting students “from the start” and the how-to details and examples teachers need to involve children in grades K-3 in using blogs, Twitter, Skype and other social media to become true global learners.

This highly interactive digital book — featuring dozens of color photos, six student-centered videos, and hundreds of live links to helpful downloads and outside resources — invites the reader right into Kathy’s cozy and connected classroom, where kids are talking live with students “down under,” swapping video with peers in Greece, and using personal blogs to create digital portfolios that document their growth and achievement for parents, families and a worldwide audience.

Buy now

Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy is a grade-one teacher for Prairie South Schools in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Since 2005, she has been integrating various technologies into her teaching practice to help “connect” her primary-grades students so they can become global learners. Kathy also does professional development presentations and workshops on technology integration and early literacy and is a recipient of the Kay L. Bitter Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for outstanding technology leadership in the primary grades. Follow her on Twitter @kathycassidy 

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Nashville Bus Tour Event – Technology in Education: What does it mean to be Future Ready? http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/08/nashville-bus-tour-event-technology-education-future-ready/ http://plpnetwork.com/2014/09/08/nashville-bus-tour-event-technology-education-future-ready/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:29:18 +0000 http://plpnetwork.com/?p=9265 partners-sm

Connected Educator Month is traveling to Nashville, TN this week to participate in the Nashville Bus Tour event that is part of Secretary Duncan’s annual Back-to-School Bus Tour!

Secretary Arne Duncan and senior ED officials will visit Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. This year’s tour, themed  Partners in Progress, will run from September 8-10 and includes visits in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.

Throughout the tour, the Secretary will discuss the changes in education and the challenges that accompany them, all while highlighting the champions of reform — teachers, parents, community members, and others — who are leading the effort to improve education for all students.

What Will CEM Be Doing in Nashville?

The Nashville event is in coordination with the goals of the Office of Educational Technology and its upcoming work with the Future Ready initiative connected to the October Superintendents’ Summit at the White House.

The Nashville event brings together national participants and local constituents (including district leaders, business leaders, teachers, parents and students) to seed a cross-constituent conversation and get specific feedback from teachers around what it will take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality in classrooms.

Working along side Ford Next Generation LearningInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and event organizers (Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Richard Culatta, Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology and James Liou, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology), Connected Educator Month representative – Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO of Powerful Learning Practice, will be co-facilitating small-group discussions. Our group will be engaging with teachers listening to their ideas around what it means to be “Future Ready”.

Key themes

Questions to help guide the discussions and sharing at the event will be around the following themes:

● What does being #FutureReady mean to you?
● How will the Future Ready District Pledge impact teaching? Student learning?
● As an education leader, teacher, parent, or community member, what will it take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality?

To keep up with the event follow the #edtour14  and #FutureReady hashtags as well as our own #ce14 tag. Also be sure and follow @edconnectr- the official Connected Educator Month Twitter account.

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