An Opportunity to Model Learning in the Open: OOE13

This school year, our district has worked to transform the culture of professional learning to one of Professional Learning Communities and collaboration. One of the aspects of this transformation is the idea that teachers are the “lead learners” in the classroom.

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Missed Educon 2.5? Session Archives Worth Exploring!

This past weekend, 500 educators descended on the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia for Educon 2.5. For those who couldn’t make the trip, most sessions were streamed, recorded and available for viewing. I was able to clear my schedule for a few hours both days to interact and learn.

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Global Collaboration: EHS French Skype

Edina Public Schools Mission Statement states:

The mission of Edina Public Schools is to educate all individuals to be responsible, lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, self-worth, and ethical values necessary to thrive in a rapidly   changing, culturally diverse, global society.

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Educon 2.5: Build a MOOC Workshop with Jon Becker

In his session at Educon 2.5, Jon Becker led a crowd sourcing activity to create a High School MOOC.
Thomas Friedman discussed MOOC’s in his New Your Times Op-Ed today, though Becker thought he didn’t really get it.

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#ETMOOC: PopCorn Maker for Digital Stories

This week in ETMOOC we are talking about connecting as a way to network and learn from one another. One of the ways we connect is in our Google+ ETMOOC Community. Last night, while reviewing posts, I saw one from David Saunders, who created his introductory post using “PopCorn Maker.” PopCorn Maker is a tool in Mozilla’s WebMaker Project.… Continue reading

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ETMOOC: Questions from Alec


Yesterday, I attended the synchronous orientation to the Educational Technology and Media Massive Open Online Course (ETMOOC). Our facilitator or “Network Sherpa,” Alec Couros ended the session with a couple of questions that I’ve heard before in regards to connected education that I tweeted out:


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Nancy Sims: Copyright in the K-12 Classroom

Our monthly “Key Instructional Contact” meeting had a guest speaker this month. Nancy Sims, from the University of Minnesota Library System spoke on Copyright in the K-12 Classroom. Group Meeting Notes can be found here.
Sims is a lawyer and Librarian.… Continue reading

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ETMOOC, A Course for Educational Technology and Media Starts Tomorrow

Over the past few months, I have been working with a small group of educators in Minnesota, exploring the possibility of creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers in Minnesota this summer. It started with Byron, Minnesota Tech Director, Jen Hegna tweeting out the idea, and I jumped on board, attending a both virtual and face to face planning meetings.… Continue reading

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