Friday, October 23, 2015

K12 Online Conference - Stories of Connection - A Little Help From Teachers Near and Far: Creating a Global PLN

Are you searching for resources or ideas to help in your position? Do you have a personal learning network established yet?

Learn about some ways to use social media to find resources and get connected  to other educators who share your passions!

Session Description:
In the past teachers were limited to seeking out advice from their colleague across the hall or a department chair during lunch or after school. Now teachers can use a variety of social media tools and apps to find and tap into the collective knowledge of educators near and far for new ideas, resources, and ways to hook and engage students in academic learning. Learn about a variety of ways to expand your professional learning network and revitalize your teaching with a little help from a global line-up of educators.

Link to the session video on the K12 Online Conference website.

Local Connections:
TIES Technology Conference - The TIES Education Technology Conference has been a leading conference in the Midwest for 30 years. It is a premiere national professional development opportunity for all educators.

Minnetonka Technology Institute - Learn the best practices and tips and trick the district has learned for implementing meaningful technology integration that will accelerate learning.

PLAYDATE - People Learning and Asking Y - Digital Age Teacher Exploration - PLAYDATE is a space for us to come together and collaboratively explore these tools we've always wanted to learn more about. The concept is to invite educators from around the area to join together on one day, sit in a room for a few hours and just play. They will collaborate to learn about EdTech apps, programs and tools with one another. There are no presenters in the room, no experts and no agenda. Simply time to play, tinker, and explore. 

EdCamp - Professional development event dedicated to participant-driven professional learning that accelerates student growth.
Schedule of upcoming EdCamp events with geographic locations listed.

Local Connections:
Apple Foundations Trainer Academy - Apple offers a rich variety of courses designed to help educators learn core skills and to integrate Apple products into classroom curriculum.

ISTE Conference - ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education - Premiere technology conference for those who are interested in educational technology.

Flipcon15 - Annual conference focused on best practices of flipped learning in education.

Ignite - Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. Ignite is intended to be a rapid way to transmit entertaining and engaging ideas.

Online Connections:
Voxer - Voxer is an app that combines the power of live voice with text and image sharing.

TwitterSocial media network composed of hundreds of millions of global users sharing content updates.

Cybraryman Educational Twitter Hashtag ResourcesA listing of education chat hashtags for Twitter.

Global Connections:
K12 Online ConferenceAnnual free online conference organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. 

Connected Educator Month - Networking catalog of professional learning experiences worldwide that foster collaboration and innovation to transform professional learning and effect educational change. Connected Educator Month takes place in October each year.

Digital Learning DayDigital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime anywhere, and individualized instruction. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of technology tools to improve the learning experience in K12 schools.  

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