Laptop Institute: July 10 – 13

As I’m rolling out the PD announcements I can’t leave out my most looked forward to conference of this summer. I’m honored to be this years Keynote at the Laptop Institute in Memphis this summer. A whole conference dedicated to 1:1 classrooms. Besides keynoting I’ll also be doing somewhere between 4 and 6 break out sessions. We’re gonna get geekie with it!  While you’re there…also have a look at the pre-conference sessions. If your school is going 1:1 garunteed you can find a pre-conference that will fit your needs. There’s only about 5 I want to...

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Learning 2.011: Let’s do it again!

    Although I’m officially retired from the planning committee this year…..I’ve been honored as being invited as a speaker and cohort leader for next year’s Learning 2.011 conference. We learned a lot last year about using the cohort model along with the unconference approach and this year the organizers are once again pushing to redefine what it means to be a conference. That’s what I love about this conference, it’s created by educators that are looking to get out of the box, do things different and meet the needs of the 400 people who are lucky to attend.  One great thing about holding this conference in China is presenters and cohort leaders love a free trip to China…that’s something you don’t get the chance at everyday and over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to continue to attract great cohort leaders and this year will be no different! Year after year cohort leaders tell us this is one of the most switched on group of educators they get a chance to interact with. To listen to last year’s cohort leaders debrief stop by Wes Fryer’s blog where he’s posted a podcast of last years debrief with cohort leaders to get a feel of the conference and what to expect.  Last year the conference sold out by July so you are gonna want to register early for this...

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Reach: Class Begins April 20th

Just a quick announcment that another 1 credit class around my book Reach begins on April 20th. Last week I got to interact with those taking the first class. It was great to read their reflections on the book, ask questions of me, and use the book as a starting guide to building their communities and networks for their own professional development. The course, much like the book, is meant for newbies to the web and web 2.0 tools. So if you know of someone in your school or district that needs some structure and a grad credit to get them into the Web 2.0 world this just might be the thing.  Here’s a PDF Poster with information about the course that you can hang in your staff lounge as well. Thanks again to PBS, WVIZ and of course you….my PLN!   Click on the Image to download the...

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Reach becomes a Class

Thanks to wviz.org and PBS who are putting together a short course based on my book Reach. I was excited when they contacted me and asked if they could offer a course. Not sure if anyone will sign up but if you want to learn about building personal learning networks and communities for your own profesional development and are in need of a graduate credit not a bad way to get it. I’ll be joining at least one session online and will be following this closely to see what people think. I’m just honored they decided the book was good enough to offer a class around.   Amazing what can happen when you openly share your thoughts and ideas on the web. First you start blogging…then you write a book…crazy world we live in.  $2.00 OFF LIMITED TIME! To celebrate this I’ve decided to offer Reach to those of you who have not bought a copy or gotten one of the over 5,000 free copies to date a limited time discount of $2.00 off. If you have already bought a copy I appreciate your support!  1. Go to the website here 2. Enter the discount code: DT3PXCWH (CreateSpace is an Amazon.com affiliate) (If you take the course the book is...

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I think she's on to something….

I love the fact that there’s no definite beginning or end, which acknowledges the fact that all teachers come to a school with different history and different needs. Not everyone will need to start with “full collaboration” when they come to ISB because they might have already done something like that at a previous school. Nice work Kim! Read the full article here with...

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