Crafting PLE

The Art of Creating Personalized Learning Environments

JSGS Edition - March 9 - 13, 2015

Important Info

PLEF Schedule for March 9 - 13, 2015

Monday, March 9th - Ferndale

Tuesday, March 10th - JSGS

Wednesday, March 11th - Ferndale

Thursday, March 12th - JSGS

Friday, March 13th - WSA

News You Can Use

New Internet Filtering System - ZScaler

Hopefully, we've solved the issues with ZScaler and the tablets. Please let Ms. Morgan or I know if you continue to have issues with the class feed or checking in/out of class.

We'd also like to hear how you feel it's working, and let us know if there are sites that need to be blocked or unblocked.


Last week, I had the pleasure of attending NCTIES, the annual state conference for instructional technology. It's way more than just tablets and computers, though. Click here to see my roundup of some of the best information in NC about personalized learning, blended learning, augmented reality, and maker spaces. Wanna take what you see here to another level? Let me know and we'll make it happen!
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Words of Wisdom

Digital Amputations

The opening keynote speaker at NCTIES was Kevin Honeycutt, a highly energetic, but knowledgeable, speaker. He spoke about how when a person loses a limb, such as an arm, they can often feel "ghost pains" - pain in the limb that is no longer there.

For many of our students, their phones, ipads, tablets, etc. are like another limb to them. They use them everyday, and can't imagine life without them. And yet, we ask them to put them away when they come to school. Kevin Honeycutt says that's like a digital amputation.

We know that we can't just let students go wild with technology, though. We all saw what happens when restrictions aren't tight, but eventually (and for many this is true outside school already) they will have an all-access pass. We have to prepare them for the time when social media is readily available, they can download anything from the internet, and all of the information of the world, good and bad, is at their fingertips.

How do we do that when we don't allow students access to these things? Go analog. You don't have to log in to Twitter or Facebook to talk about appropriate posting. Students listen to music everyday - are you making sure they are getting that music from legal sites? And teach students how to determine what's true and what isn't.

The pictures below are from the classroom of a teacher at Ferndale Middle, who went with the theme of Social Media for the school year. She uses her bulletin boards to connect with students on their level, while teaching them about proper netiquette.

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Challenge Corner

Your challenge is to use something you learned about in this newsletter in your classroom this week. Prizes will be awarded to anyone who does any of the following (see the NCTIES Recap for more information on some of these):

  • Create (or request help making) a MakerSpace or in your classroom.
  • Use Augmented Reality in a lesson. I'd love to see it live or in pictures!
  • Tell me how you're incorporating digital citizenship in your classroom.
  • Request help, modeling, motivation, resources, etc. in implementing PLE in your classroom.

To receive your prize, send me an email with the subject line "Challenge Accepted" and details of your challenge.

Teena Martin, PLEF

What the heck is a PLEF? PLEF stands for Personalized Learning Environment Facilitator. Teena brings over 10 years of education experience having taught in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in some very diverse institutions. She has taught nearly every grade level and subject at some point. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.
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