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Are you attending ISTE12? Who else will be there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nancye Blair Jun 20, 2012. 34 Replies

ISTE 2012 is coming up in mid June. The newest, best thing about attending Education Conferences is the number of connected educators who attend. Attendees get to meet face to face with people they…Continue

Please leave comments and suggest APPS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Levy Nov 8, 2013. 28 Replies

I am developing a page on The Educator's PLN to offer apps and tutorials to expose educators to applications they may have heard about, but have never used. I am trying to tie each of the apps to a…Continue

Share a Connected Experience.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oscar Marin Jan 6, 2014. 21 Replies

Many of us are true believers in being "Connected Educators". We believe in sharing and collaboration. We believe in the collective idea. Other educators need proof, or stories, and anecdotes in…Continue

What should the Education Software industry produce in terms of innovations to meet your needs as a teacher?

Started Mar 20, 2012 0 Replies

The 3/20/12 #Edchat question was posed by the SIIA, Software Information Industry Association. They are attempting to seek educator's opinions in order to innovate and improve products for education.…Continue

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http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/

This was the 5 part blog series on PLN's
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Twitter’s Effect on Presentations and Presenters | Teacher Reboot Camp
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Don't Give Homework! with Alfie Kohn

"I think if teachers feel the need or are required are to give homework, it should be something that is not time consuming and it should not be assigned every single day. Some children don't even get to play outside or do other things after…"
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Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

"Thank you for posting this!  I am taking classes for MEd Instructional Technology.  A current assignment is to develop my PLN.  I have been very hesitant to use Twitter.  This has eased by concerns"
Mar 24
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Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

"I really enjoyed this video! We recently did something in one of my classes where we used Twitter as a educational tool and I found that this video really connected with it! Social media is becoming a huge part of our teaching world and it's…"
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Why teachers should user Twitter

"This really helps relate to one of education classes! We just had to use Twitter for educational purposes, and your video really explains how Twitter works with teaching and future educators!"
Mar 23
Dorothy Hastings liked Thomas Whitby's page Tutorials & Links to WEB 2.0 tools for learning. (Click on the link)
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Dorothy Hastings commented on Thomas Whitby's blog post The Importance of Andragogy in Education
"This is a really nice post. Six principles of adult learning are very impressive. It's true that adult learning becomes a tough task on the basis of principle, but if you use short and quick points, learning becomes easy."
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Brené Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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Brené Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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Peer Influence and Adolescent Behavior

In our story, Jimmy Moran was with peers when he committed his crime, so Alan visited with Dr. Larry Steinberg of Temple University to see how peer influence...
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Peer Influence and Adolescent Behavior

In our story, Jimmy Moran was with peers when he committed his crime, so Alan visited with Dr. Larry Steinberg of Temple University to see how peer influence...
Feb 9
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Don't Give Homework! with Alfie Kohn

"I don't think giving homework serves and real purpose other than busy work for teachers.  Students are smart enough to know what they want to learn or do; the problem is can they find someone to help them to do that. Home work once a week…"
Dec 8, 2015

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At 11:04pm on March 18, 2013, Rushton Hurley said…

Good to be connected! I look forward to my life slowing down enough to take a good look around this Ning. Thanks for making it happen!

At 7:43pm on February 11, 2013, Martin Bullock said…

Hi Tom -- no worries about the spammer -- he didn't bother me at all. I just figured you'd like to know. Keep up the good fight! See you tomorrow on #edchat!

At 11:47pm on June 17, 2012, andrew aker said…

Thomas, thanks for featuring our China teaching group!  Hopefully we will get more members!   We've been busy but we've got some China story blog postings planned for EduPLN!  

At 2:07am on June 4, 2011, chen jin said…
thank u for ur reply! i had finished my essay about ur website. maybe oneday it will be published. if so i will send it to u!
At 9:40pm on March 21, 2011, Heidi Chaves said…
Hi Tom, Did you know that the edupln ning was shown by Karen Cator when she presented on the National Education Technology Plan at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning?
At 6:05am on February 24, 2011, chen jin said…

i'm sorry to bother u but i need u do me a favor. we all know that u created this website so can u tell me some information about it? for example , when was it created? why did u created it? thank u so much!

                                                                                         

At 1:56pm on September 3, 2010, Margaret Moss said…
Thanks so much, Tom, for your assistance yesterday. As you see, I followed your advice. I signed up for a twitter account too. Probably won't do much with that yet, but it's a start!

See you next week. Have a nice weekend.
At 7:27pm on August 7, 2010, Daniel Beylerian said…
Good Evening Tom:

I want to thank you for the prompt attention you paid to my request for membership. You facilitated the registration process and were very supportive through the NING password technical difficulty. I anticipate a great experience here in the EDU PLN.

Cheers

Daniel
At 8:42pm on July 27, 2010, Sarah Brown Wessling said…
Hi Tom,
Thank you for welcoming me with open arms into this amazing community of educators and thinkers! I'm really looking forward to learning with you and others.

Best,
Sarah
At 2:57am on July 3, 2010, gaoyifei said…
Hello, i am now probing the field of PLN. And i am so interested in it. But i know not so much about it. Can you give me some advices on this topic? Thanks!

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The Age-Old Faculty Meeting Facelift

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 4:33pm 0 Comments

Over the many years that #Edchat has been engaging educators, one topic that always generates a huge amount of interest, based on comments, is the faculty meeting. Teachers are required to attend the faculty meetings that administrators are required to hold and very few are happy with the results. The only upside is that with each meeting a check may be placed in the box for attending.

Technology may be a way to update the tired model of the faculty meeting. Email for the faculty may…

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Poor teachers: Who is to blame?

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 8:01pm 1 Comment

I posed an #Edchat Topic recently based on a number of studies I have been reading about that are claiming millions of dollars are being spent, or wasted, on professional development, while very few teachers are benefitting from it. Again the age-old story of doing things the same old way but expecting different results defeats us as a profession. The method of doing professional development for educators has largely not changed over the…

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Twitter Chats for Learning, Easy vs. Hard

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 1:26pm 0 Comments

One Education Twitter chat that precedes all others is #Edchat. It was founded July 30, 2009 and has run continuously ever since. For those who are not Twitter chat savvy, a Twitter chat originally was a discussion that uses a specific hashtag to conduct a real-time chat on a specific subject. Of course education chats are education-specific. Typically, they run about an hour in length and are running on set periodic…

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How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators?

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 3:06pm 2 Comments

We are now better than fifteen years into the 21st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education. The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in order to survive and thrive. Digital Literacy is a 21st Century skill, but therein lies the rub. Most of our educators have been educated with a…

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10 Exciting Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids

Mother’s Day is the one time of year dedicated to what our mom’s do for us. There are many things children can make for their moms that don’t require long hours. Other than taking her for a dinner and a memorable family trip, there are many small and inexpensive things you can do to show your love and respect towards her. A little time and creativity are all you need.Here are 10 exciting Mother’s Day gift ideas for preschoolers. Choose any one of them and let him/her express the love towards…See More
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Why Enrolling Your Child in a Childcare Center Matters

Most children experts opine that sending your tiny tot to childcare is the best thing to do, especially if you and your spouse both work. If you are unsure if you should enroll your child in a childcare center, here is why you should!Safe Haven: It’s natural to worry about your child. A daycare offers a stable and safe environment for your child while you are away from home. Daycare may also be a lot less expensive than paying for a babysitter who you may not even know!Schedules Become More…See More
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