Education & Tech News to Use: Research Shows 6 in 10 Millennials Have Low Tech Skills

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Wow! The “digital natives” theory from 10 years ago certainly seems not to be bearing true! Too bad so many in the field of ed put so much credence in it! Exposure to tech does not translate to efficiency. We’ve got to get in front of this problem and train teachers so that they can guide their students. The time is now!
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Education & Tech News to Use: Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization

How many of us really understand the difference in these three terms? Is it even possible to personalize learning in a TX classroom?
As we think about how to meet the needs of all learners in our classrooms, it’s important that we all use the lesson design vocabulary in the same way. Interesting.

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/02/2015

  • Why would teachers blog with their classes, and what depth of learning does it provide learners? Hear 2nd & 3rd graders and their teacher, Linda Yollis, explain the benefits of learning to use digital writing appropriately!

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Education & Tech News to Use 08/13/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 08/08/2014

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Summer Learning…Still!

It seems that I was just #NotAtISTE14 but it was really a couple of weeks ago! I’ve been busy with family summer fun for the last week or so, and haven’t even gotten IMG_1373all the links and learning checked out from that conference! But here I am soaking up some more learning at #RSCON5 (Reform Symposium Conference–through The Future of Education). For the last few years, summer has become my most favorite time to learn and connect with my “imaginary friends” online–my PLN! (see previous post) This is where I spend a lot of my learning time in the summer!

That it is possible to sit at our computers/devices in our own homes, cars, at the campground, etc. and still connect and learn with each other is simply mind-blowing. Take a moment to really think aboutthat! What a cool time to be a part of this amazing, connected world!

#RSCON5 goes on today and tomorrow (I missed yesterday’s sessions), but if you miss any presentations that look interesting, the recordings will be up very soon if they’re not already there! Previous years are found in the archive as well. Check them out! The learning is free and there to share!

Education & Tech News to Use 06/04/2014

We have so many devices

Today’s post is a good old fashioned link dump! No rhyme or reason, just a few links that I’ve found interesting in the last few days!

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Education & Tech News to Use 06/03/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 06/01/14

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More and more, I’ve come to think that professional learning in the world of education is broken. Broken in a big way. I do my most meaningful and usable professional learning online with the PLN that I have crafted over the years. Professionals from all over the world: librarians, professors, IT directors, authors, teachers in international schools and rural schools and Canadian or Kiwi or British schools. None of it do I get “credit” for. And by the same token, the PD that I am required to take “for credit” is rarely meaningful, useful or profound. I live through it–sometimes more easily than others–and turn to my phone, iPad or Macbook–you know, where my PLN is–to learn and grow as a professional.

A few of my colleagues have played around a bit with Pinterest, and many, many of them have learned to buy items from sites such as TpT and illegally share them with everyone they know. But very few of them have explored the true power of an online PLN. In fact, I suspect that I am the only one in my building that has heard of a PLN. I fear though, that I have talked about these resources for so long without being able to really share the exact process (due to draconian filters on our network), that no one can hear me anymore. I also wonder if maybe this online learning thing, and connecting with a virtual PLN, is simply not for most people. Maybe I’m the outlier–me and others who were early adopters of this method of connecting.

It also occurs to me that, as it is June 1, perhaps I’m just a little tired and grumpy and need to take a break to refresh my attitude!:)

It’s not that I think learning with a virtual PLN is the only way educators should be learning. It’s that I see such a rich mix of expertise, creativity & willingness to share here, I hate that the people around me haven’t found that resource. It reinvigorates and encourages. It’s been immensely important to me over the years, and I’ve failed to effectively share it locally.

At any rate, here are a few useful resources for teachers who want to reach out to other professionals online and begin to create their own learning network.

  • Why would educators want to use Twitter? And how to use it in such a way that it’s helpful and not just a time-waster? These questions and more are addressed in the Cyber-wise Learning Hub for Twitter. And where do you suppose I learned about this site? Twitter, of course!

tags:twitter pd 4tchrs pln

DIY is a good metaphor! The days of “sit and get” are over.

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Education & Tech News to Use 05/20/2014

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