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Apply for KQED’s Teacher Working Group This Fall ($200 Stipend)

KQED Education is looking for highly engaged educators who are interested in integrating innovative pedagogical approaches to learning where students can connect, collaborate, and debate with their peers from around the country on current events. – See more at KQED.

The Fall workshop includes a $200 stipend. To learn more about the project and to apply, click here.

Teachers: Feeling Burnt Out?

Teacher burn out is a huge problem in the profession. Many educators leave the profession within the first five years. If you’re an educator and feeling burnt out, know that you’re not alone. Edutopia discusses the feelings associated with burn-out and methods to combat it.


Professional Development – Combatting Plagiarism


Courtesy of Wikimedia

Courtesy of Wikimedia

Turnitin.com, the most popular anti-plagiarism tool for schools, offers free and low cost professional development for combatting plagiarism. While some of the courses focus on the software specifically, a number of the courses are great general education on current trends in plagiarism and methodologies (not just using Turnitin) to combat plagiarism, educate students about sourcing, and more. The professional development is offered in a variety of formats, live webinars and on demand recordings. Some courses also provide CEUs. Some examples of course offerings are:

Plagiarism Spectrum—Insights into the 10 Types of Unoriginal Work
Examines a recent report published by Turnitin intended to move plagiarism beyond the black-and-white definition of “literary theft” to one that captures the nuances of how plagiarism can take shape in student writing. Topics include how to interpret results from OriginalityCheck. Watch Now

Originality, Plagiarism, and the Web
Examines recent findings about unoriginal content from a Turnitin study. Topics address students’ research habits, issues with source integration and intentional versus unintentional plagiarism. Watch Now

and more…

To see a full list of professional development opportunities, click here.

3 Ways to Kickstart Your PLN this Summer!

This article is reblogged from my post on Edudemic.

It’s summertime! This is when educators, free from the daily schedule of a classroom, can focus on professional development. More specifically, summer is a great time to network and to build your personal learning network (PLN). If you’re unfamiliar with a PLN, it’s a network of individuals you foster specifically to learn from and cultivate your professional skills. They are especially important in the world of education where classrooms can easily isolate you from your colleagues and peers. Starting a PLN and cultivating it is surprisingly easy and doesn’t take a lot of time.

Free from internet filters on many campuses, take some time this summer to fire up your social media tools (FacebookTwitterNingPinterestLinkedIn). Many people are intimidated with engaging others online. However, the internet and social media allow you to connect and interact with people you would never get to meet in real life. The key to your PLN is that it’s about people. As Justin Reich highlights in his article, “Search People, Not the Internet,” your colleagues (in real life and online) are a more effective resource than the internet at large. They will help to focus and share information relevant to you in your field.

Here are three great tools and techniques you can use to build your online PLN:

Find Folks On Facebook

facebook-screensMost of us have a Facebook account. We use it to keep up with family and friends; posting vacation photos and admiring your cousin’s photos of her new baby. However, Facebook is also a great resource for kickstart your PLN, especially if you are just getting started.

I use Facebook to follow some of my favorite Educational resources like Edudemic,EdTechTeacherISTEEdutopia, and Education Week. It helps to keep me up to date on educational news, pedagogy, and professional development opportunities (many of which are offered for free or at promotional discounts via Social Media!). Even when I’m logging on to see what my mother is up to, I can get some great nuggets of information in my news feed. Also, if you’re like me, you have a lot of friends that are educators, so Facebook is a great way to share information with them.

Embrace The Power Of Twitter

twitter-birdTwitter is by far the most prolific of Social Media tools used by educators. If you have attended an educational conference recently, I’m sure you’ve seen and heard about twitter handles and hashtags. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but take a deep breath. Here’s a great (and short) video to help you learn a little more about the nuts and bolts of twitter:

In order to use Twitter as an effective and engaging PLN tool, you need to figure out who to follow. You can start with people that you know in education: this esteemed author, the EdTechTeacher team, and of course Edudemic. Jerry Blumengarten (aka @Cybraryman1) has a great list of recommended PLN Stars. Just be sure to follow other educators and leaders that you know and respect as they will often guide you to others.

Hashtags are another great way to explore ideas most relevant to your interests. Here is a great list of the most popular educational hashtags that can help you to broaden your PLN and provide you with greater access to resources.

Once you are feeling more comfortable with Twitter, try an e-reader like Flipboard. It will load your news feed and allow you to read your PLN on your phone or tablet at your leisure, be it on the couch or poolside.

Start Visually Learning On Pinterest

pinterestPinterest is another excellent tool to find recipe ideas, accessorize an outfit, or discover a great set of lesson plans. In fact, there is also a whole “Education” Category on Pinterest. Simply browsing these posts can give you some great ideas to employ in your classroom. Additionally, there are some amazing educators and institutions that have repositories of lesson plans, blog posts, and more that they share on Pinterest. Check out this Edudemic article, “20 Innovative Educational Technology Boards on Pinterest.” It has some great people and organizations to follow.

Pinterest is simply keeping a scrapbook of ideas and information (that you can also share with others). It allows you to curate ideas, projects, lesson plans, and more. Be sure that you share information that you find as well. See a great tweet? You can pin it for access later! Start and curate your own education board (or a few)!

This is only a short list of the tools available to you to kickstart your PLN, but I encourage you to explore and collaborate with others online. Building and sharing your pedagogical skills in a classroom is key to innovative education and the core of 21st century learning. Besides, with all of these tools available on a computer or smartphone, they could make for some really interesting beach reading.

To learn more about cultivating your PLN, consider joining my EdTechTeacher colleagues for one of the Summer Workshops in Boston.

Jen Carey works with EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site.

A Visual Look At Personal Learning Networks

This image is a great visualization of what a personal learning network actually looks like for a networked teacher.

personal learning network visual

When Should Students Become Responsible For Their Own Success?

Paul Barnwell

I don’t blame Steffon for his distrust issues; after all, he’s bounced around from foster parent to foster parent.  I don’t blame Sara for her constant angst and depression; after all, she’s just come out of the closet and receives no support from her parents, who now remind her daily that she’s going to hell.  I don’t blame DeAnthony for his shockingly sparse vocabulary; born to a single mom with five other siblings, nobody read to him before he attended school.  And I don’t blame Angela for her emotional outbursts–she witnessed her mother get murdered in their trailer several years ago.

These are all real students I’ve had over the years–names have been changed, of course–and at this point, I can only pray that my attempts at guidance have helped add enough academic and life skills to their arsenal to become happy, productive, citizens.


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TED Talks Education New Series

ted-logoIn cooperation with PBS, TED Talks Education will premiere Wednesday May 7 at 10/9 central on PBS. Hosted by John Legend, who works to break the cycle of poverty in his “Show Me Campaign,”

“Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Educationone-hour programbrings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. See all speakers and performers.”

To learn more about the program and the upcoming speakers, visit TED or PBS.

Surviving the Week of Finals

As all teachers know, finals week can be exhilarating while at the same time exhausting and trying. Students are stressed yet excited and ready for break. We’re all pushed for deadlines – writing exams and grading them. Plus, I think my family is expecting gifts or something…

So, here’s a list of things I’m doing to stay sane this week

  • I’m taking an hour every day for me – I don’t answer the phone and I’m not checking email. I’m watching TV, leveling my WoW character, or just staring at the wall.
  • I’m hitting the gym to work off my anxiety and stress.
  • I’m eating healthy (at least 2 meals a day, 1 might be garbage). I’m trying to eat the requisite servings of vegetables and fruit every day.
  • I’m indulging – I bought some Christmas Chocolate (some small chocolate bells) and I’m allowing myself one soda (not diet) a day. I enjoy it. I deserve it.
  • I’m managing my time – or at least trying to do so. I won’t be writing all my exams at one sitting and I won’t expect myself to grade them the same way.
  • I’m taking a few moments of every day to just enjoy the season – my colleagues, my friends, and my family.

So, what are you doing to survive the second most stressful time of year for a teacher?