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December 19 2008

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Using Twitter To Build Your Professional Development Team

I found a great article on educational technology leadership at http://tinyurl.com/3egtzf.  One of the suggestions for the top 10 things technology leaders should do is build a team.  My Twitter network is helping me do this.  Before Twitter, I used limited Internet searches, some podcasts and technology conferences to build my skills.  Now, I have a daily list of ideas, links, and tips to make my technology skills grow.  I feel like each day, I am entering professional development training that actually works.  I am surprised by how quickly my knowledge is growing and encouraged by how much I want to get on Twitter everyday to see what great ideas are waiting for me.
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Educational Podcast Network

Listing of hundreds of educational podcasts.  Great one stop resource for getting starting or expanding your knowledge of ed tech.
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Man can live his truth, his deepest truth, but cannot speak it.
— Archibald MacLeish

December 18 2008

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The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
— Matthew Arnold
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It is important to create a shared learning environment at your school for Web 2.0 tools.  I just shared the link for the periodic table with the chair of our science department.  It took three seconds to complete, and I know she will love it. 

So why don't we do this more?  Our biggest issue is time and lack of connection.  With Web 2.0, the time issue is a non-issue.  You can Twitter, Blog, and Wiki links in no time at all.  The biggest issue I need to overcome is lack of connection.  When I am trying to prepare lessons, grade, and keep track of my technology needs, it is difficult at times to think about what my colleagues need.  However, it feels great when you provide a tool that makes another teacher's life easier.  I gain so much from my Twitter group and the blogs those teachers share.   I feel that I must give back to my community of learning friends and that feeling needs to be extended to my colleagues at school as well.
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December 17 2008

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I just saw the most amazing video on http://www.teach42.com/.  It is called "The Networked Student" in plain English.  It demonstrates how we can unleash our students to take control of their own learning.  This is the type of teacher that I want to become.  The key is finding the tools, rubrics and guidance to do it correctly.
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The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
— Joseph Conrad
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Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I am finding absolutely amazing information today.  There are so many people out there sharing ideas and information.  I need to start collecting and planning to share the information when I can.  This blog is a great resource to get started.  My goal is to add one additional website per day and think about how to use it in the classroom.
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December 16 2008

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
— Mohandas Gandhi
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Today's link is fantastic.  It is a list of web 2.0 resources created by teacher and categorized by subject matter and grade level.  I will be referring and adding to this list. 

I love it when teachers share resources that they love and allows others to gain the same benefits.  We work far to hard to not make the lives of colleagues easier when we can.  I have found an amazing network of teachers on Twitter.  The links they share are incredible, and I am growing as a professional by reading and contributing to this amazing group.
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December 15 2008

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When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.
— David Hume
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My new tool for today is http://adamsapp.com/index.php.  It is a fantastic application that allows you to add comments, links, video and audio to a PDF document.  It is so cool!!!  I can't wait to play with it over holiday break.
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This is an example of the great blog posts I am finding just because of my Twitter group.
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The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

— Hannah Arendt
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