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Personal Learning Network (PLN)


Take Control of Your Personal Growth A personal learning network (PLN) consists of the people someone interacts with and learns from. Where those encounters take place is called a personal learning environment (PLE). My PLN consists of the people I see face-to-face, all of my "tweeps" on Twitter, the creators of the video channels I follow … Continue reading Personal Learning Network (PLN)

3 Keys to Global Instructional Design


Instructional Design is defined as: The process by which instruction is improved through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials. Students across the United States want to know each day at school, "When will we ever use this?" and "Why do we have to know this?" They're both age-old questions, to say … Continue reading 3 Keys to Global Instructional Design

Professional Development 365: Personalize Your Learning


Digital Collaboration for Learning In this day and age, educators must take responsibility for their own professional growth. Taking time to fully develop your personal learning environment (PLE) and your personal learning network (PLN) is tantamount to attending state conferences, local workshops, and edcamps, and the price is right! How many times have you been asked, … Continue reading Professional Development 365: Personalize Your Learning

Students Explode Onto the Blogging Scene!


We all know it...it's very difficult sometimes to get high school students excited about writing (and almost anything else these days). We proved this week however, that once you give them a voice, add a dash of guidance, and a splash of technology... viola! We've got kids writing like crazy at one high school.

5 Things to Say to Someone Who Hates Tech


Home and still reeling from an awesome ten-day conference tour which featured a presentation at NC New Schools, and my first experience at ISTE in Atlanta, it finally is easy being green, Kermit! I had a chance to have lunch with one of my favorite colleagues, an elementary curriculum guru, in my opinion. Our conversation … Continue reading 5 Things to Say to Someone Who Hates Tech

10 Takeaways From ISTE 2014


The 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta GA, was indeed an eye-opening experience. If you're on Twitter, you've probably seen the #ISTE2014 on your feed for the last seven days. I got off the plane ready to take in all of the information, and I boarded the flight home afraid that my brain was going to … Continue reading 10 Takeaways From ISTE 2014