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The Buffet Table #GAFESummit

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One of the great things about the buffet table is that it offers so many tasty choices. We all have our own approach when…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on February 3, 2014 at 12:14am — No Comments

Growing a culture of innovation

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion with George Couros, the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division, at the Marin County Office of Education (@MCOEPD). George has been inspirational to me. He's challenged me to take…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on December 23, 2013 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Getting Started: Connected Educator Month #CE13

"Meaningful change ain’t gonna happen for our kids if we’re not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. At the heart, it’s not about schools…it’s about us." -- Will Richardson

Many educators see Twitter, in particular, and social media, in general, as frivolous wastes of time. I mean, who really cares what Honey Boo Boo is up to? Who cares what J.T. had for breakfast? Or any other…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on September 29, 2013 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Back to the Future?

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This morning I read a thought-provoking blog post by John Bernia, "…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on July 26, 2013 at 12:44am — No Comments

Do We Practice What We Preach?

Do We Practice What We Preach?

Added by Jennie Snyder on June 11, 2013 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Into the Stratosphere

I just finished reading Michael Fullan's, Stratosphere.  In this book,  he outlines how: "the ideas embedded in the new technology, the new pedagogy, and the new change knowledge are converging to transform education for all" (p. 3).  Fullan's book resonates with a driving question I have grappled with…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on April 28, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Meaningful Change Begins with Us

Lately, I have been grappling with the question of how meaningful change happens. The gap between the kinds of schools our kids need and the kinds of schools we currently inhabit seems vast and daunting.

I have always felt uncomfortable with the image of the heroic figure who single-handedly "make things happen." It seems that the changes that we need to make -- to shift our paradigm and create truly innovative learning for our students -- are both larger and deeper than one…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on March 20, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Moving forward in the face of fear...

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear."  -- Ambrose Redmoon

In my work, I frequently hear profound trepidation about the big, wide world of social media. The chorus of voices bemoans the ubiquity of Facebook and issues cautionary tales of how social sites are…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on March 20, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Stepping onto the social media landscape

Getting started with social media can be daunting. I remember when I started exploring Twitter a few years ago. Like many others, when I sign up, I didn't get it. I was almost instantly overwhelmed with the amount of information and could not make sense of it.

As I stumbled my way through the seemingly strange social media landscape,  I've met some amazing guides who have paved a path. I began to read and explore the resources they shared and slowly...I learned more. As I learned, I…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on February 16, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Why Twitter is the hub of my personal learning network

A few days ago a teacher in our district asked me about different online publishing platforms for her students. She explained that her students are working on writing mystery stories and she was looking for a way for them to share their writing with others, get feedback and publish their work. 

In the days B.T. (Before Twitter), I would have headed right for Google and dug in. But I didn't. Instead, I sent out the following tweet:…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on January 23, 2013 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

On the need for clarity of vision

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." -- Lewis Carroll

There is a tendency when beginning a new journey to simply want to get on with it. Pack up, head on out. I have certainly been guilty of this myself. In the frenetic pace of activity and competing demands, jumping into action is second nature for me. Yet, without a clear vision of where we are heading, we run the risk of following any road and ending up nowhere.

The many ways that the term…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on January 5, 2013 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

A personal challenge in the new year

The approaching new year brings with it an opportunity to reflect upon the past year and focus on new challenges ahead. This year I have been fortunate to connect with and learn from truly courageous educators who are taking on the challenge of creating the kinds of schools and learning spaces our students need for future success.

The power of social networks has enriched my own professional learning in so many ways. While I have been an active consumer of the insights shared by…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on January 2, 2013 at 12:34am — No Comments

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