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October 20, 2014

A Tale of Failure, Passion and Drive (pun intended): Meet Andrew Stillman, the Godfather of EduScripts

For Connected Educators Month, I decided to connect with some educators... through Google Hangouts. I reached out to some folks who I believe are making positive change in the world of teaching and learning and asked them to join me for a quick video chat to learn more about how they got started, what drives them and what the future holds. The first in this series is Andrew Stillman, the godfather of edu-scripts.

October 08, 2014

Live From NZ: Connected Educator Month Has Gone Global!

Connected Educator Month has been going strong in the U.S. for two years already, but as this third year unfolds, we've finally gone global! In this post, I report live from ULEARN14 in Rotorua, New Zealand and share how Kiwi educators are getting connected and innovating in their classrooms.

September 22, 2014

Connected Educator Month Is Coming!

Connected Educator Month (CEM)is just a little over a week away! This October marks the third year of CEM and will bring a treasure trove of virtual activities, live events and resources for educators around the globe. Originally spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education, CEM strives to get more educators digitally connected to improve their practice. How will you be celebrating Connected Educator Month?

September 16, 2014

Getting Started With Twitter Tuesday!

Twitter Tuesday is a school-wide sharing of ideas and learning. Each week, teachers give their students a prompt and each class responds. The teachers tweet out these responses throughout the day under a shared Twitter handle. Here are a few tips to get started with this idea in your school!

August 19, 2014

The Digital Buzz: Dreaming, App Building, and Explaining Everything With Reshan Richards

In this Digital Buzz Interview, Reshan Richards, creator of Explain Everything, shares the origin story for how Explain Everything came to be (3 years old today!), tips for students and teachers hoping to become app builders and does a live demo of some little known features in Explain Everything. Finally, he ends with some exciting "coming soon" features!

July 12, 2014

PD Is Not a 4-Letter Word: My Ignite From #ISTE14

Recently I gave an Ignite talk at ISTE. Afterward, folks wanted to know where they could review some of the ideas I had mentioned. So... I went through my slides and tried to type out basically what I said for you below! Here it is (approximately), with the slides. (Side Note: I hope to turn this into a longer presentation someday! Because... I love PD!)

June 30, 2014

Announcing the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards!

EdSurge and Digital Promise have partnered to create the "Digital Innovation in Learning Awards" (DILAs if you prefer a fun acronym). This program will honor powerful examples of innovative teachers, administrators, and ed-tech organizations.

June 19, 2014

Summer Conference Survival Guide

It's Summer! Hooray! Time for sun, family, fun and... conferences! Whether you're going to a huge event like ISTE or a smaller district PD, conferences can either be an amazing, inspiring experience or an overwhelming cyclone of information. Below are some tips for making the most of these events so you leave with real ideas that you will actually use.

June 06, 2014

Powering Up on Ed Tech This Summer: The 7 Day Challenge

The summer is a great time for rest and relaxation. But it's also a great time for powering up and preparing for the new school year. So here is a challenge for your summer break... The Seven Day Power Up Challenge. Seven days, seven challenges, an hour each challenge. Doesn't sound so terrible in the long sunny stretch of summer, does it? So jump in and take charge of your learning...

May 08, 2014

Day 4 of Educators Who Inspire Educators

Welcome to Day 4 of our National Teacher Appreciation Week Series: Educators Who Inspire Educators. We have gotten to know three hardworking teachers throughout this week. Now we head to Orland Park, IL to meet high school teacher leader.

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