Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Connected Educator Month Means a New Twitter Series

October is Connected Educator Month (CEM). It's a chance to connect with passionate educators, begin or build your PLN, and learn some cool ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning along the way. In my work for Staff Development for Educators (SDE) I do a lot of technology and Common Core workshops so I am always looking for new ideas and resources. I am signed up to participate in CEM and so can you by clicking here. In celebration of this chance at collaboration and learning I have also decided to create a new Twitter series for October. Each weekday I will tweet a tech-related idea, a great site or app, an article worth your time...something to do with technology in education. If you already follow me, you'll see it each day. If you don't follow me, go to Twitter right now, search for my name, and click the little blue button that says: Follow. If you don't have a Twitter account, create one. It will be your first step toward becoming a more connected educator. You don't even have to tweet, just follow those that share your professional passions and then follow some of the folks they follow, and so on. You can stay up to date all month long by searching #CE13 - that's the official one for everyone. To see my tweets, you can search by my Twitter handle @LaureenReynolds. Hope to see you around the virtual water cooler!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dot Day is coming!

Many of you know about the wonderful books by Peter Reynolds (no relation). If you don't know of them, stop reading this right now and order or borrow them. If you've never participated in Dot Day you can read more about it here and here (some ideas). It's free and fabulous. All about teaching creativity. Sign up here and have fun! You can also sign up for some International Dot Day's Skype in the Classroom time with classrooms around the world to see what they are doing for Dot Day. Don't miss this chance for collaboration and creativity!

Library Cards Still Important

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Now, I know a lot of folks read on their tablets and e-readers, but the library still has a lot to offer. For one, it's free. Two, it is an opportunity to actually see and flip-through books, talk about books, and perhaps be enticed by a genre one may not think to search for online (by the way, this happened to me with the Twilight series and I was instantly addicted). So, as you get ready to welcome parents for open house this month (or even conferences later in the fall) consider setting up a spot in your room where parents can  sign their child up for a library card if they don't have one. If you can stock that spot with a volunteer, even better.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Technology Integration Irritation

Many of us struggle with using general technology and there isn't always someone in our midst that can help - or help in any reasonable time frame. With technology a little higher on the list this year for many schools due to Common Core expectations I thought this might be useful. Check this out from Jacqui Murray's blog: Ask a Teacher...Anything