Week 5: Learn From More Educators

EDCI318 Tech for Teaching & Learning-Spring 2018

Educators respond to your Reflections

April Requard, sent me a message via Twitter about our Learn from other Educators Week 3. You can see she also saw my retweet of your tweets and sent me a message. How awesome this that!! Read what she said to me!! Her Twitter is @AprilRequard, I encourage you to follow the folks you are writing about.
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10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network

by TeachThought Staff

What’s a professional learning network?

According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”

As for the graphic above? You can thank Sylvia Duckworth, who always does a great job sharing simple sketch notes to help teachers. (She also took our 12 Rules of Great Teaching and created a predictably wonderful graphic to supplement the text, among others.) We’ve taken her graphic and provided starting points for each ‘reason’ a teacher need a PLN.

  1. Find great resources, lesson plans, and conferences-Consider: OER Commons Resources
  2. Share your resources & ideas-Consider: 23 Ways To Use The iPad In PBL
  3. Following amazing educators and their blogs-Consider: 52 Education Blogs You Should Follow
  4. Get support when needed-Consider: An example like clarifying the difference between ‘doing projects’ and PBL
  5. Make international connections Consider: Project-Based Learning in your classroom
  6. Flatten your classroom walls-Consider: Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future
  7. Collaborate globally on projects-Consider: 50 Ideas For Using Skype In The Classroom
  8. Find round-the-clock inspiration-Consider: Follow your favorite blogs on instagram–edutopia or TeachThought for example.
  9. Learn the latest trends in education-Consider: The most popular twitter hashtags in education
  10. Never run out of ideas for new things to try with your students - Consider: Shameless plug, but TeachThought Professional Development is built for exactly this kind of support.
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You will be expanding your PLN through learning and reflecting on another teacher's website this week

This week you will be reviewing 1 (one) teachers’ website and writing a review/reflection about what you discovered and learned digging into the educator's site. Digging into does not mean only looking at the first post or two, it means looking at all the tabs and sections, clicking on links, watching videos, look at everything.

You must choose one from the list below and do NOT choose the same site you did Week 3. NOt for this list and will not count!! There are 27 choices!!

Be thoughtful, think deeply! A few sentences will not be sufficient. You will need to spend some time and dig deeply, Look through the pages, click on links, watch the video. learn and discover.

Your review/reflection should represent scholarly thought and writing about exactly what you discovered and learned through your investigation of this award-winning teacher's site.

Be very specific and detailed in your review/reflection. Give specific examples and include LINKS and IMAGES and maybe even video.

Requirements for your review/reflection


  • Add a subpage under Reviews, like you did last will with your Getting Started with iPad page
  • Refer to the tutorials videos from previous week's https://www.smore.com/v9aez
  • Title the subpage with the Name of the site you are reviewing.
  • There will be an assignment spot in Canvas for you to add the URL of your subpage review/reflection.
  • Your review/reflection must include not less than one image but the more, the better.
  • Your review/reflection must include a link to the website/blog you are writing about, but links to everything you discuss should be included.
  • Your review/reflection must include the author's name and links to their social media like Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, etc, whatever they use that you find linked from their sites. DIG DEEP.
  • Your review/reflection page must include your own social media icons (and they must be active and work), add them like we did last Week for your Getting Started with iPads page.
  • TWEET your review and include the Twitter handle for the person you are reviewing as well as our class hashtag #edci318 and the author's twitter handle.
  • Choose 1 site from the list below, (they are in no particular order) there is a variety, find ones that interest you. If you go to one and don’t like it, find another!
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Grading Breakdown Checklist

Grading Breakdown
  • Image(s) - 5 points
  • Links(s) - 5 points
  • Tweet using class hashtag #edci318 - 5 points
  • Authors twitter handle included in Tweet - 5 points
  • Thoughtful Review-15 points

Make sure you have done everything so you receive ALL the points.

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