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Are you attending ISTE12? Who else will be there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nancye Blair Jun 20, 2012. 34 Replies

ISTE 2012 is coming up in mid June. The newest, best thing about attending Education Conferences is the number of connected educators who attend. Attendees get to meet face to face with people they…Continue

Please leave comments and suggest APPS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Levy Nov 8, 2013. 28 Replies

I am developing a page on The Educator's PLN to offer apps and tutorials to expose educators to applications they may have heard about, but have never used. I am trying to tie each of the apps to a…Continue

Share a Connected Experience.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oscar Marin Jan 6, 2014. 21 Replies

Many of us are true believers in being "Connected Educators". We believe in sharing and collaboration. We believe in the collective idea. Other educators need proof, or stories, and anecdotes in…Continue

What should the Education Software industry produce in terms of innovations to meet your needs as a teacher?

Started Mar 20, 2012 0 Replies

The 3/20/12 #Edchat question was posed by the SIIA, Software Information Industry Association. They are attempting to seek educator's opinions in order to innovate and improve products for education.…Continue

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Twitter’s Effect on Presentations and Presenters | Teacher Reboot Camp
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Rube Goldberg Machine Winners

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What’s a Twitter Chat?

There are now hundreds of Education Twitter chats taking place around the world at almost any time of day or night. To follow any chat in real time all one needs is the hashtag (#). The hashtag is the key to the chat. Using TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or some other third party application it is easy to create a column that will follow only the hash tagged tweets of the chat. That will focus on and deliver each of the tweets in the chat in the order that they are posted.Of course in a chat that may…See More
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What’s a Twitter Chat?

There are now hundreds of Education Twitter chats taking place around the world at almost any time of day or night. To follow any chat in real time all one needs is the hashtag (#). The hashtag is the key to the chat. Using TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or some other third party application it is easy to create a column that will follow only the hash tagged tweets of the chat. That will focus on and deliver each of the tweets in the chat in the order that they are posted.Of course in a chat that may…See More
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Breathing love into communities | Holistic Life Foundation | TEDxCharlottesville

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Mindfulness Programs Holistic Life Foundation - Baltimore-based org...
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Breathing love into communities | Holistic Life Foundation | TEDxCharlottesville

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Admins: A Plan to Consider

Almost daily someone comes out with a plan to do something different in education to make some progress in reforming the system. Most of these changes require that teachers or students make the change. The truth is that until we change the culture, there will be little change in the system.In thinking about how we approach, analyze and evaluate things, it seemed to me that the people held most accountable were the students and the teachers. They were the most visible and easily assessed,…See More
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Admins: A Plan to Consider

Almost daily someone comes out with a plan to do something different in education to make some progress in reforming the system. Most of these changes require that teachers or students make the change. The truth is that until we change the culture, there will be little change in the system.In thinking about how we approach, analyze and evaluate things, it seemed to me that the people held most accountable were the students and the teachers. They were the most visible and easily assessed,…See More
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset: An Introduction

"I believe, as teachers, we should advocate to students a growth mind set mentality.  I have recognized both mindsets in teaching students and parents."
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At 11:04pm on March 18, 2013, Rushton Hurley said…

Good to be connected! I look forward to my life slowing down enough to take a good look around this Ning. Thanks for making it happen!

At 7:43pm on February 11, 2013, Martin Bullock said…

Hi Tom -- no worries about the spammer -- he didn't bother me at all. I just figured you'd like to know. Keep up the good fight! See you tomorrow on #edchat!

At 11:47pm on June 17, 2012, andrew aker said…

Thomas, thanks for featuring our China teaching group!  Hopefully we will get more members!   We've been busy but we've got some China story blog postings planned for EduPLN!  

At 2:07am on June 4, 2011, chen jin said…
thank u for ur reply! i had finished my essay about ur website. maybe oneday it will be published. if so i will send it to u!
At 9:40pm on March 21, 2011, Heidi Chaves said…
Hi Tom, Did you know that the edupln ning was shown by Karen Cator when she presented on the National Education Technology Plan at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning?
At 6:05am on February 24, 2011, chen jin said…

i'm sorry to bother u but i need u do me a favor. we all know that u created this website so can u tell me some information about it? for example , when was it created? why did u created it? thank u so much!

                                                                                         

At 1:56pm on September 3, 2010, Margaret Moss said…
Thanks so much, Tom, for your assistance yesterday. As you see, I followed your advice. I signed up for a twitter account too. Probably won't do much with that yet, but it's a start!

See you next week. Have a nice weekend.
At 7:27pm on August 7, 2010, Daniel Beylerian said…
Good Evening Tom:

I want to thank you for the prompt attention you paid to my request for membership. You facilitated the registration process and were very supportive through the NING password technical difficulty. I anticipate a great experience here in the EDU PLN.

Cheers

Daniel
At 8:42pm on July 27, 2010, Sarah Brown Wessling said…
Hi Tom,
Thank you for welcoming me with open arms into this amazing community of educators and thinkers! I'm really looking forward to learning with you and others.

Best,
Sarah
At 2:57am on July 3, 2010, gaoyifei said…
Hello, i am now probing the field of PLN. And i am so interested in it. But i know not so much about it. Can you give me some advices on this topic? Thanks!

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What’s a Twitter Chat?

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

There are now hundreds of Education Twitter chats taking place around the world at almost any time of day or night. To follow any chat in real time all one needs is the hashtag (#). The hashtag is the key to the chat. Using TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or some other third party application it is easy to create a column that will follow only the hash tagged tweets of the chat. That will focus on and deliver each of the tweets in the chat in the order that they are posted.

Of course in a chat…

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Admins: A Plan to Consider

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

Almost daily someone comes out with a plan to do something different in education to make some progress in reforming the system. Most of these changes require that teachers or students make the change. The truth is that until we change the culture, there will be little change in the system.

In thinking about how we approach, analyze and evaluate things, it seemed to me that the people held most accountable were the students and the teachers. They were the most visible and easily…

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Methods: Tradition vs. Relevance

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:23pm 0 Comments

This morning I read a post from a higher education educator about the negative effects of Tech in lectures. The author was perplexed when he realized a great many students in his lecture hall were paying attention to Facebook, or attending to email during the course of a two-hour lecture. His school chose to ban tech devices from the lecture hall. Additionally, students were required to use nametags, so that the lecturer could address…

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Stop 20th Century Thinking

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:29pm 0 Comments

In the 21st Century our approach to education can and should be very different from previous centuries. The basic skills we teach are pretty much the same, but the tools we have to use require a different approach, as well as additional and very different literacies from centuries past. Information once difficult to find, maintain, and disseminate is now found by a voice command to a mobile device. The model of the teacher as the content expert standing in the front of the room,…

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