A few years back, Powerful Learning Practice had a press. We brought book ideas and people who had stories inside of them together with John Norton, an amazing editor, who with the PLP designers brought their books to life. One such author/book is this one, written by Kathy Cassidy. Now retired, Kathy was an amazing Canadian educator who helped young children become connected learners. They created service projects, learned from each other, blogged and more.

As part of our launch celebration for  Instant Impact Collaborative Cohort, Kathy has given us permission to give her book away for free! If you teach or work with young children and have been struggling with how to help them use technology in deep and meaningful ways this book is for you. Download it. Share it with your friends.


What she shares in the book…
The story of my journey to connect my classroom with the world.

  • How my students and I use tools such as Skype, Twitter, video and blogs to connect with classrooms in other cities and countries.
  • Examples of powerful connections between primary classrooms.
  • Why and how my six year olds use digital portfolios.
  • Practical advice to help you begin to connect your own classroom. In this book I want to show you how the transformation to a connected classroom has happened for a primary schoolteacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Most of all, Kathy wanted to convince other educators that if she could do it, so can they.

As I wrote the book, I tried to keep the needs and interests of teachers in grades K-3 foremost in my mind. But other teachers will find much that might be helpful, both in the tools discussions and the chapter on digital portfolios had a profound effect on both how I teach and on how my students are able to learn. We have brought the world into our little learning space.

Want to learn more about how you can enable students, even at a young age, to use technology in ways that will deepen their learning and change the world?

Enroll in Instant Impact Collaborative. Enrollment closes Nov. 9, 2020.

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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