“Learners are the driver, Technology is the Accelerator”

I really love the post, Empowering English Language Learners with Technology, co-written by Dora DeBoer and Alex Lianne Carter.  Their image  along with the quote, “Learners are the driver, Technology is the Accelerator” captured everything I’ve been reflecting on recently.  While the piece does a beautiful job of showing how technology has pushed the classroom walls down for teachers and thus their students, it also speaks to me about the professional learning for today’s educators.  As 21st Century educators, we drive our own learning…we can pick up a book or go to a conference, PD, staff meeting, etc. Even with these opportunities, eventually I return to a room where I’m ‘by myself’ with twenty five 9- and 10-year-olds.  By myself, I’ll never, ever be “all that and a bag of chips”.  Have me share ideas with my colleagues and together we might be “all that’.  Let us connect with others across the hall, town, state, or in the world through/with technology and you’ve just accelerated our learning ten-fold! No need for the “bag of chips”!

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Reflecting is Sharing

Participating in the #InnovatorsMindset Book Study along with the opportunity to attend #EdCampWake had my mind exploding in a way that wouldn’t have come close to making the 200 word challenge this time.  The chance to meet, connect, and share with so many #EduHeroes inspired me to tweak a Fractions Hyperdoc I found at #TsGiveTs … Read more

Looking for “8 things in today’s classroom” in Professional Learning? Try EdCamp!

There are so many things that I love about #EdCamp:  An “un-conference”, it’s an experience that provides voice since we get to write down on sticky notes what we’re interested in learning/sharing about.  Once the schedule is made, we get to make choices about which session(s) we’re interested in attending; if we visit and find the subject isn’t what we expected, then it’s fine to walk out and join another discussion.  

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