Weekly Wonderful Wows

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing" ~Aristotle

New Year New Tools, Tips, Tricks, and Treats

Happy New Year Friends! To start off the year right and get things moving, my first share of 2016 will have a little bit of this and a little bit of that with a drop of the other. This being a provocative spoken word, that being a chance to capture a missed opportunity, and the other thing some great information. Please enjoy.
In this spoken word poem, David Bowden makes some interesting and provocative statements about connections, community, connectedness and disconnection. It is three and a half minutes that will have you asking yourself, with all of our connectedness, are we more or less connected to others?
David Bowden || "The Inner Net" || Spoken Word

"Do One Thing Well"

For those of you who were unable to attend the Alan November webinar, "Research Based Strategies for Academic Success”, you can view the recording and the slides here. As always, Alan does not disappoint. If you can spare 45 minutes, you will find it worthwhile. If you cannot, take a look at my Storify below from the webinar.

Cool Tool for School

Next, a great interactive resource for history teachers, buffs, and map lovers appropriately called Chronas. Richard Byrne gives an excellent description of all Chronas can do and you should see for yourselves.

I regularly learn from Twitter and this week was no different. I saw this posted and had to check it out. "27 Meaningful Ways to Use Edtech & Make Your Classes Awesome" offers suggestions in the form of tips, tools, and ideas to incorporate educational technology into your classroom. My suggestion is to follow Alan November's advice and pick one thing and do that really well!
Who doesn't like free things! Today the New York Public Library released over 180K digitized images into the public domain. You can read about it here and here and browse the collection here.

Can't get enough of this great information? Check out the Shipley PLN Lower School Edition!