Growing and Learning

Blog-A-Month Challenge – APRIL’s TOPIC: Professional Development

As April comes to a close, I’m left pondering the topic of Professional Development.  The prompts for the month suggest:

  • For PD to be effective it must have the following 3 characteristics…
  • The conference/book/activity that delivered the most meaningful PD experience I have had was…
  • My most powerful source of ongoing PD is…
  • Blogging is essential to my own PD because…

To begin, I feel that to be an educator one must really be an impassioned learner for education is not only about expertise, it is about being confident enough to make yourself vulnerable to a constancy of change and uncertainty; we are explorers, sometimes with a map, sometimes without, but we are always learning something new on each voyage, and constantly depending on our wits to respond and react to the unforeseen.

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I am uncomfortable….

with this week’s topic! “Is books making us stupid?” Now I haven’t even watched Dave’s video… and I haven’t read anyone’s post because in my mind I am thinking “Uh, no?!” and “Fix the grammar!” So I know Dave is being deliberately provocative to try and make me challenge some long held assumptions about literacy and reading, books and the idea of fixed knowledge. Continue reading

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Blog-telling: Storytelling in the 21st Century

Story   builds community, and blogging is a 21st century story circle. Storytelling is the essence of building culture, and so too is “Blog-telling” whereby the walls of the class disappear and the community circle strengthens identity and relationship within the classroom walls.

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A Year to Create, Explore, and Expand

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My title owes complete homage to an inspirational blog post that stirred my imagination at 10:30am on New Year’s Day – a post that instantly spun my world and gave clarity of purpose to my new year – my 2014!  This post is a must read: 50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand at Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives.…

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The Value of Penny Kittle PD

Charged with the task of trying to articulate what has Penny Kittle done to transform my teaching, and trying to persuade administration to support a 7-12 Professional Development opportunity for our teachers, feels like a daunting task – but a worthy task.…

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Writing through a Loss of Voice

A number of posts from Jenny Mackness, Bon Stewart, and Paul Prinsloo caught my attention this week. All three deal with loss of their individual blogging voices. By accident, I read them in reverse-order, but the series was started by Prinsloo, self-described as “an education consultant and researcher at the University of South Africa (Unisa), an African mega open distance learning (ODL) higher… Continue reading

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Cool New Learning Management System Alert: My Big Campus

So I get an email from a member of the district’s IT department about a workshop at the educational technology conference a group of us will be attending together. We are wanting to move towards using My Big Campus as Learning Management System next year.… Continue reading

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Information Literacy: The Endless Search for Research

I must tell you something you don’t want to hear.  Wikipedia is not a gift from Satan. It has its purpose in the universe and should be given a certain level of respect.  Now that I’ve said that, let me explain.… Continue reading

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Information Literacy and EdTech: Using the Web Wisely

I just discovered I am the worse internet researcher on the planet.  This last application assignment has set my braincells on fire! Help. In my current  masters level course, I’m learning about information literacy, the “science” of research.  I’ve learned how the world of the internet has changed the way we research information.… Continue reading

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Making, Curating and Sharing Resources

Last year I started the /Teach wiki and filled it with a bunch of links out to resources, curriculum, descriptions and other useful tidbits of content designed to support the teaching of digital literacies and spread all over the web. The wiki became my own personal dumping ground to save resources authored by the budding Webmaker community.…

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