Archive for Professional Learning

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

I hate when people don’t share recipes… The Seeker: I love this. Tell me, how did you make this? The Keeper: It is good. I know. The recipe works every time. The Seeker: Every time? Wow. So, how do you do it? Can I have…

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Digital Learning Day Recap

Digital Learning Day Recap

Today on Twitter I shared some of my favorite digital resources and tools in honor of Digital Learning Day! Here’s a quick recap, along with a bit more insight than the 140 characters afforded me. 8:00am I kicked off my morning with DIY.org because a)…

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This Week…A Few Highlights

This Week…A Few Highlights

I photograph and record often during my weekly adventures to capture ideas and to capture experiences. The pictures and videos serve as a source of reflection, and as an avenue for celebration. I use my camera on my phone most often to record “the moment”….

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TICL

TICL

Last week, I was fortunate to attend and present at TICL in Storm Lake, Iowa. The collaborative efforts of Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA converge to create a three day conference on Buena Vista University’s beautiful campus. I appreciated the enthusiasm of keynote Tony…

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When I Designed Units…

When I Designed Units…

The list of my considerations is in no particular order… 1. What standards do I need to address? Concepts? -The answer to this helped me focus and be intentional and #4, #5. 2. What do my students care about? -The answer to this helped create…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Mark Garrison, Director of Technology at White Bear Lake Schools, kicked off the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Garrison shared his inspirational story of adventure, technology, and commitment to improve continually with technology integration. Garrison organized his keynote with the following prompts: Stop,…

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Time: Making, Organizing, Understanding, Appreciating

Time: Making, Organizing, Understanding, Appreciating

Time, the treasured abstract noun, has woven itself into my learning opportunities during the last few weeks. As I considered my learning and growth, I noticed the connection of the subject’s insight being shared indirectly and directly with me. Just passing this along… Making Time…

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What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going…

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Shifting what should be Measured

Shifting what should be Measured

Seth Godin says in his blog that “we keep coming up with new things to measure (like processor speed, heat output, column inches) but it’s pretty rare that those measurements are actually a proxy for the impact or quality we care about. It takes a…

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Smackdown on Steroids

Smackdown on Steroids

Wanting to see and hear what teachers are doing with technology in their classrooms?  Interested in knowing how they are implementing technology after professional development has been provided?  Curious to have teachers learn from other teachers but don’t have a lot of time or opportunities…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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The Energy of Transformation at North Union

The Energy of Transformation at North Union

It was my first big assignment.  I was still a wet behind the ears tech integrationist, fresh out of the classroom and I would be heading off to Armstrong, Iowa to help teachers prepare for their first-ever January Term (J-term).  Ten days and fifty hours…

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The What, So What, Now What? Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

The What, So What, Now What?  Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

If a friend told you that he was watching exercise TV shows each day before work, listening to healthy eating podcasts, and attending nutritional meetings at the local library; but he didn’t understand why he wasn’t seeing any changes in his weight, the way his…

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Coaching/Helping: Essential Reminders

Coaching/Helping: Essential Reminders

During my younger years, I enjoyed playing softball. I often felt like the Babe without the home run. I would swing for the fence, but often I missed the ball completely. Many of my coaches had suggestions: move up in the box, move back in…

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My day as a MAKER

My day as a MAKER

    Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. I signed up for a Saturday workshop about “iPads and the early learner,” but realized later that it was geared toward iPad newbies. I quickly went with a…

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Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Mike Anderson and I delivered professional learning almost a month ago showcasing a stop motion app to be used as an avenue for students to create and to reveal understanding.    Yesterday, I returned to AC-T, and when I entered Rebekah Spragg’s third grade classroom,…

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Elementary Twitter chats will blow your mind!

Elementary Twitter chats will blow your mind!

If you’ve never participated in a live Twitter chat before, it’s definitely an experience worth having at least once. Who knows? You might get hooked! And the best part is that you don’t even need a Twitter account… Here are links to some elementary Twitter…

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PD, Fun?

PD, Fun?

PD should not be this much fun… Each month, one of my PLAEA coworkers and I go to Pocahontas Catholic Elementary School to share apps for the purpose of student learning and creativity. Last week, Prairie Lakes Assistive Technology Coordinator, Tiffanie Dau, accompanied me. She and…

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You learn the work by doing the work

You learn the work by doing the work

Cale Birk says: You learn the work by doing the work. . . . So what if we made it a primary objective in education to spend as little time as possible talking to our learners and as much time available out getting them to…

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