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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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Fame Thanks to Facebook

Fame Thanks to Facebook

Ok, so I’m not going to be completely famous but I will be featured in a national aired commercial come January, meet and work with a celebrity and be picked up by a chauffeur (he/she will even have my name on a card!) at LAX tomorrow morning…this…

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Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Tuesday evening, I guest moderated #ELAchat. The chat occurs the first and last Tuesday of each month. Friend and valued member of my PLN, Joy Kirr, invited me to lead the evening chat. The Storify of the chat can be found HERE. Educators from around…

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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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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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Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

Reporter, Jessica Contrara, published in the Washington Post’s Style Blog: This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part…

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(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

A few months ago while traveling for work, I heard a morning weatherman rationalize why he did not have @instagram. Of course, I tweeted. The weatherman is just misinformed or uninformed. His enlightenment comes from all of us revealing the benefits of connection. Valued member…

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Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Last week I wrote a post on my own blog about what it means to live your legacy. After publishing the initial post, I decided to go out and find students who are doing just that. So for my first interview, I’d love for you…

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What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

Too often a misunderstanding or a fear breeds an untruth. Too often all that is sensational sells as gold when really it is nothing more than a cheaply painted metal ring about to leave its green mark on our finger. It is easy to accept…

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How brave will we be this year?

How brave will we be this year?

It’s a new year. And it takes 5 minutes to set up a blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, or Google+ community…  How brave will we be this year? Will we speak out against injustices? Will we champion reciprocal accountability from leaders and policymakers? Will we…

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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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Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

  It was very important to me to post these screenshots side-by-side; two stories from the same day. The juxtaposition of good and evil illustrate just how truly important it is to teach our children the ins and outs of the tools so readily available at…

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Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Predators. Identity theft. Misreported facts. Cyber-bullying. Poor decisions. Ruined reputations. Inappropriate photos. Denied job opportunities. For all the good that the internet brings, these are just a few of the dangers for people posting online. Once it’s out there, you…

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Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

It is that time of year…graduation! Seniors across the country are celebrating or are about to celebrate their high school graduation. As they walk across the stage in cap and gown, it is inevitable, not all of their family members will be in attendance. Perhaps…

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Backstage Pass: Connected Educators=Connected Classrooms

Backstage Pass: Connected Educators=Connected Classrooms

Our children, our students do not have to stand in line for hours waiting to be granted permission to meet a famed professional. Our children, our students do not have to wait to be the tenth caller to win front row seats to a show….

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Considering their Footprint

Considering their Footprint

Creating a positive digital footprint requires one to make a positive contribution. I make a conscientious effort to create a positive footprint. I want students to be intentional in creating their positive footprint. Many students have a footprint-a footprint that was made for them not…

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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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Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

In the grand tradition of Sweden (@sweden), Ireland (@ireland), New Zealand (@peopleofnz), Malaysia (@twt_malaysia), Italy (@i_am_italy), Australia (@weareaustralia), Mexico (@curatorsmexico), Ukraine (@weareukraine), Pakistan (@iam_pakistan), and others, this week I am Prairie Lakes AEA (@plaea)! Follow along for updates. I’ll also be using the #plaea hashtag….

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Flipped…

Flipped…

Sioux Central’s Dan Strohmyer and John Barbier, shared their flipped journey at Iowa Technology and Education Connection Conference. It is not unlikely for students to continue conversations about learning after they exit Mr. Barbier’s high school classroom. In fact, those conversations have entered Twitter, Facebook, and…

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Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice deserves a spot on a seating chart. Student Voice should be present each day, spotless attendance, encouraged and motivated to have a permanent seat in the classroom, in the school, and in education. Student Voice should be nurtured and inspired to make positive…

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