Personal Learning Network  (A.K.A Professional Development or Professional Growth)

How do you continue to grow in your professional field?  As the PD funds are dwindling, how are you keeping updated with the educational trends? How can PD maximize and meet your individual need as an educator?  I truly wish that I can wave a magical wand to provide each staff member in my district a personalized professional development opportunity.  I know that I’m dreaming big here but I want to provide each staff member in WWS a PLO (personalized learning opportunity).  Thanks to the wonderful use of Social Media.  I can honestly share my own personal experience in how I try to keep up with the educational technology trends through the use of #bpln (building personal learning network).  Twitter has become a fantastic social media resource in building my online profile and PLN.   Below are some resources for you to discover more about Twitter to begin your journey of building your PLN.  Checkout our Westfield Pinterest board on Twitter 101.

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Benefits to Personal Learning Network

I came across this incredible article by a principal that I follow on Twitter.  His name is Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal . His recent article on Connected: The New Standard really inspired me to continue building and growing in my professional development to keep myself “in the know” with the educational technology trends.  I love how the principal shared personal stories of his staff members in how PLN add benefits to professional and personal growth.

5 Powerful ?s to Ask Students

As educators we reflect on the type of questions that we can ask our students to showcase their abilities as critical thinkers.  This was a profound article sharing about the simple questions that we can ask our students.  However, the simple questions can turn out to be quite powerful and guide to deeper understanding and discussion.   5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students this article came from Edutopia on the section of student engagement.  Here are the 5 questions:

  1. What do you think?
  2. Why do you think that?
  3. How do you know this?
  4. Can you tell me more?
  5. What questions do you still have?

Discover deeper as to how these 5 are considered to be the most powerful questions teachers can ask students.    How do you ask questions in your class?  What questions work well with your students?   Special thanks to Rebecca Alber of Edutopia for sharing this article. 

Web Tools for Quick Formative Assessments:

What web tools have you discovered to assess and provide a quick check to ensure your students achieved the concepts/standards.  I truly enjoy surfing through my twitter feeds to gain new information about variety of web tools to share with you all.   I just couldn’t wait to share with you all a site with a variety of assessment tools for quick way to blend technology in the classroom.

Google Script = Time Saver:

A couple months ago I attended the CIESTLC seminar and discovered the Google Script tool.  It is amazing.  If you are interested in learning more about this dynamic tool, please check out my blog post on Google Script.