A backchannel is digital conversation that happens at the same time as as the classroom face to face conversation. Of course, I am a fan of the tool Padlet for this.  Another tool you could try is Backchannel Chat or Today’s Meet. These digital spaces allow students to share their thinking, participate collaboratively with their peers, and comment on each other’s contributions.  Teachers are able to use backchannel conversations to gather formative data at the same time as check for student understanding.  Here are a few reasons to use a backchannel in your classroom. It gives students that typically wouldn’t use their voice in your classroomClick here to read entire post

A Book Snap is a digital way to document and share the great snippets you find as you are reading.  It is a great visual way to annotate, share excerpts, make connections and more as you read.  Click here to learn more about BookSnaps.   The concept of Book Snaps came from the idea of sharing using Snap Chat, but there are many other ways you can create and share Book Snaps.  Check out all the ideas here:  BookSnap How-To-Videos and Examples.   Also, follow #BookSnaps on Twitter to see lots of examples of booksnaps. I think I am most curious about how to make aClick here to read entire post

This is the hardest step really.  Giving yourself the time and freedom to learn.  Summer is the perfect time to embrace something new.  Hopefully, some of the pressures of the school year are off of you and your mind is open and free from the clutter of every day and is able to take in something new. What short term goal have you established for yourself in regards to creating and maintaining your PLN? What long term goal can you set for yourself in regards to your PLN?Click here to read entire post

Curating content is “the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.”  There are many different ways and tools to help you do this. How are you curating your learning OR what tools have you found to be helpful in curating and organizing your learning? ​What frustrations are you having with curating and organizing your new learning?Click here to read entire post

Find and follow 10 – 20 people on Twitter.  Include me in this list so that I can see who you are following. You do not need to list all 10-20 in this blog post HOWEVER summarize your fave top 5 Tweeters in your post.  Why are these 5 good connections for you and what have you learned from these connections? Find 3 hashtags that you have found valuable to follow.  Share them in this blog post! Share at least 10 great Tweets to the hashtag #techpd17 Also think and reflect about: What are some obstacles for me with using Twitter (or a social media tool)?Click here to read entire post

We take in a ton more information than we did in the past and therefore, it is essential that we are able to first, find good information, but then also store that information in a useful way, and finally be able to easily share it with others.  Sounds easy?   Well…. I am going to suggest that in this 21st century, this has gotten far more complex. Finding good information Sounds simple enough but keep these questions in mind… What searching strategies will I use to find the information I need quickly and efficiently? A basic Google search may not be strategy enough to find the best,Click here to read entire post