Passion and Compassion for 2014

Hopefully, this post is the first of many in the coming year.  After all, that is going to be one of my goals for 2014–write every day.

Professional Highlights of 2013

Professional Highlights of 2013

2013 was a year of change and growth, learning and stretching.  After taking the 2012-2013 school year off to complete my dissertation, which was completed in December of 2012, I found myself ready to take on another challenge.  I was extremely fortunate to be able to participate in Education Technology & Media MOOC.  #etmooc was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life, and it continues to be so.  Under the direction of the amazing Alec Couros, not only was the content timely and the many expert presenters incredibly engaging, the opportunities to participate synchronously and/or asynchronously was key for me.  Archived presentations along with the backchannel chat made it feel as if I was actually participating in real time, I was also able to go back and check out the archive, even if I participated LIVE.  The Twitter chats and archived Twitter chats also provided opportunities to feel part of the experience.   In addition, some of the suggested activities took more time than others or I chose to explore more of the activities.  The flexibility and encouragement to share my learning with others opened my eyes to what connected learning can be.  I know it is not for everyone, but this type of learning is certainly for me.  I was obviously not alone because I met many other educators who obviously felt the same way.  In fact, to celebrate the 1-year Anniversary of #etmooc, a GHO and Twitter chat have been planned, and I plan on attending both.…

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Please leave the lights on…

ETMOOC success
According to the literature on collaboration, connectivism, community-building, and adult and transformational learning theories, and guided by the philosophy of Freire (1970), who stressed that learning is a social act and that dialogue is the heart of education, ETMOOC was successful because it provided participants a community built on trust, challenge, self-direction, relevance, and passion.…

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Passion + Genius = Endless Possibilities

Endless possibilities..
The title for this post comes from one of my students, who whispered it in my ear as she hugged me on the way out the door today.  I had a wonderful time introducing the idea of Genius Hour to my students.…

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Let’s Find Out!

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I recently read the following comment by Ms. Edwards on Denise Krebs’ post Connected Learning, Thanks to My Neighbors as Denise was contemplating self-determined or rhizomatic learning:

“I think you show part of self-determined learning when you say “I don’t know yet.” Isn’t that powerful?

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This I Believe – To Work with Passion

Khalil Gibran stencil

Khalil Gibran stencil (Photo credit: duncan)

I believe that whatever work we are given to do, or we choose to do – we do it with passion!

As a young child my beloved, eccentric grandmother, Marie Kelly, engaged me in the process of reading on our weekend dates.…

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LearnEast 2.0.11 – Parent Perspective of 21C

There’s an excellent learning event underway for NB educators in Fredericton this week. LearnEast 2.0.11, a high quality, low cost event attended by 200 keen teachers from around the province, has been organized by Bryan Facey (@Faceyman) and Jeff Whipple (@jeffwhipple) of District 18 and Jay Colpitts (@JayColpitts) of District 14.…

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