What I’m Learning: MindMup is the Web 3.0 version of Bubbl.Us (Mindmapping)

Until today, I didn’t have a better/easier mind mapping platform than Bubbl.us, which has been around since 2007 (and has stayed mostly unchanged). Now I have MindMup, which is both better and just as easy. Really great integration with Google Drive too!…

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What I’m Reading: Gamifying PD

This is a wonderful summary of how to Gamify PD. It is inspired by one of my favorite experts on the subject, Philip Vinogradov. I would love to learn/think more about how “leader boards” affect a group of adults that aren’t used to them within more traditional games.…

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What I’m Reading: Digital Badges for PD

As I am working on something very similar right now for teachers and leaders in DPS, I thought this post was a wonderful introduction to the concept. It also provides a great template in Google Drawings to get started with creating the visual side of the badge.…

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What I’m Using: BuzzSumo for finding amazing links shared around your PLN.

I have found searching on BuzzSumo to be highly useful for finding the latest information being shared around your social networks. Since there is no such thing as “catching up” on your reading, the best I can do is learning with others.…

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What I’m Learning: Creating Pivot Tables in Google Sheets

This is a really great presentation and video that finally got me to understand the ways in which you would create and use pivot tables. Thanks, Alice Keeler.

How to Create a Pivot Table to Summarize Student Information | Teacher Tech

Pivot tables are an incredibly powerful tool for summarizing information.

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What I’m Using: Oppia – Online Learning that is about Exploration

I’m really intrigued by the deeper learning that can happen when the learning process is iterative, as it is in these explorations. This open source project was initiated by Google, so there may be more development afoot. I’m particularly keen on the idea of adaptive questions and co-creating these explorations.…

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What I’m Learning: Failed Sharing is a Thing.

I really love this post about how sharing comes with responsibility. The responsibility is to credit a creator or provide a context for what you have shared. My biggest connection to this work is the idea that “the people” are just as important as “the things” we share.…

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What I’m Learning: 2 Minute PD

This is one of my favorite blog posts of the last few months. It really digs into why the current state of PD is so poor, but also moves beyond it. It suggest that we might all do better to create 2 minute PD videos that we share and use collaboratively and collectively.…

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