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Langley & Allen Summit May 15, 2010

Students produced slides about their experiences in the Flat Classroom Project. Video created with Animoto!
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Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky

Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky | Durff | Scoop.it

 Vicki Davis is a teacher and blogger. With almost 70,000 followers Vicki was named one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers” by Mashable and included in Thomas Friedman’s book, the World is Flat. Vicki’s classroom and blog have won many awards including the ISTE Online Learning Award and more.

She is author of the upcoming book Reinventing Writing and co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, consistently named one of the top 50 blogs in education worldwide.

She hosts the online show Every Classroom Matters and has keynoted more than 30 education technology conferences around the world. Vicki has written for Edutopia, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and more. She teaches full time at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and is the wife of Kip Davis and has three kids.

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Infographics

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What Mentally Strong People Do
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Connected Educators Radio

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We have started a BAM Radio station that will feature connected goodness throughout the year called Connected Educators Radio. Tune in to Connected Educators Radio to hear the latest developments on connected educator initiatives around the globe, highlights from connected events and the back stories on the people and programs involved in the drive to connect the entire education community worldwide.Your show hosts: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Tom de Boor, Darren Cambridge. Broadcast Archives: All past shows available on BAM Radio Network
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Education is finally catching up to technology

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Education is finally catching up to technology
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Thankfully, educational practices are catching up to the 21st century.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 8, 8:55 PM

Still a ways to go, though. ;)

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 9, 8:55 AM

It's true that education is beginning to catch up with technology, though it saddens me that we're still talking about teachers making the transition from "sage on the stage" to "guide on the side." Even so, small steps forward are small steps in the right direction

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 9, 1:39 PM

Is it? Digital technologies are continuously changing. What does that mean about this catching up?

 

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23 Great Sources For Free Educational Videos Online

23 Great Sources For Free Educational Videos Online | Durff | Scoop.it
Students love to watch and learn. Why not showcase some of the best free educational videos and their repositories then?

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 28, 2013 7:26 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

Scott Anderson (Daymap)'s curator insight, December 1, 2013 7:53 PM

Here are some fantastic and free links teachers can use!

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It's worth a look.

 

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Global Collaboration MasterMind Workshop

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Nov. 18, 2014 Quick Info Date: Nov. 18, 2014 Time: 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Doors Open: 8 a.m. Location:   Arena Hosted by: Strategic Educational Alliances Tickets On Sale Now! *Early Bird Specials purchased by Oct. 31 General Admission Participant *$45.00 $55.00 General Admission Non-Participant *$60.00 $70.00 GCU Alumni, Staff and Student (Student I.D. required) $25.00 Group Discounts (6+) General Admission Participant  *$40.00 $50.00 General Admission Non-Participant  *$55.00 $65.00 *Ticket prices do not include taxes or facility fee. Global Collaboration MasterMind Workshop Presented by Vicki Davis Improve learning, break down classroom walls and develop authentic audiences as you enhance the education of your students with a global collaborative classroom! Learn time-tested best practices that will help facilitate bridges of global competency and connections between your classroom and other commi tted educators worldwide. Join [...]
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StoryStarter

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Recommended for classrooms by Stephan Turnipseed on episode #97 of Every Classroom Matters at http://bit.ly/1vomVGB

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10 Questions With Vicki Davis on her new book "Reinventing Writing"

10 Questions With Vicki Davis on her new book "Reinventing Writing" | Durff | Scoop.it
Vicki Davis is known far and wide as the “Cool Cat Teacher” and has one of the most widely read education technology blogs The Cool Cat Teacher. She recently published a new book "Reinventing Writing:...
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Opensimulator Community Conference 2014 | November 8-9, 2014

Opensimulator Community Conference 2014 | November 8-9, 2014 | Durff | Scoop.it

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 16, 11:43 AM

Woo hoo! My OSCC14 presentation proposal has been accepted! 

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Opensimulator Community Conference 2014

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Great resources and archived sessions from EdTechTeacher Summit 2014

Great resources and archived sessions from  EdTechTeacher Summit 2014 | Durff | Scoop.it

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R&D:Identifying the Next Best Teaching Practices

R&D:Identifying the Next Best Teaching Practices | Durff | Scoop.it
Do you have a research and development team in your school? Imagine an in-school department focused on disrupting best practices and prototyping better ways to teach. Learn more...



Follow: @coolcatteacher @asb_research

#edtechchat #edchat #edtech
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Coffeechug Triple D: Declutter Challenge Update #2 - YouTube

I will be documenting more the declutter project here on Youtube through video. I have had many people reach out to me from my website and social media so I ...
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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic

4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic | Durff | Scoop.it
When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There …
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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 8, 12:01 AM

GREAT article. 

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65 Accomplished Writers and Marketers Reveal Their Secrets to Productivity | Focusalot - Blog

65 Accomplished Writers and Marketers Reveal Their Secrets to Productivity | Focusalot - Blog | Durff | Scoop.it

 

Vicky Davis is a blogger, author, and full-time teacher. She is the author ofReinventing Writing. Her blog aims to inform, engage, and inspire teachers and other educational professionals. Vicki’s writings have been featured on Mashable, Washington Post, Edutopia, and Forbes. Website: Cool Cat Teacher



1. What is your motivation to sit down everyday and write/do work?

I am passionate about my purpose: To inspire educators with excellent inspiration and information. I’m a full time teacher and so time is very scarce for me but it also is for the teachers and educators who gravitate to my blog- Cool Cat Teacher – and Internet Radio show – Every Classroom Matters. I let my struggles be fuel for great writing instead of dousing the flame.

2. How do you keep a regular writing schedule?

I get up at 5 am every morning except Sundays to pray and read my Bible. Then I write each and every day. It used to be blog posts but now I have tons of freelance writing and am working on my third book. I shoot for 1,000 words per day but there are times I hit more. When I’m working on books I use Scrivener and work on planes. I always have a copy of my current book on my kindle (Scrivener makes it easy to export in that format – then you just plug your kindle into the computer and move it onto the Kindle just like you would a jump drive.)

I also like to use Werdsmith on my ipad which is a text only tool with writing word count goals.

3. What do you do to increase productivity and avoid procrastination?

Word count word count word count — hey I just wrote 6 words (oops make that 16)  I track it, I count it. I shoot for it. I read Stephen King’s On Writing and tons of other books about the craft of writing. There’s only way way to write – WRITE. That said, I had two weeks this summer of 6,000+ words a day. That was too many, at least for me. I burnt myself out — not of writing but of the love of it. It was too much. Great writers need to get outside and disconnect and not be soooooo connected all the time. I did it to myself, though – I was writing guest posts promoting my newest book Reinventing Writing. The funny thing is — the day before I realized I had writers block I had just thought to myself — funny how I’ve never gotten writers block. In that case, I just moved through it and took some small tasks and did other things. Then, I didn’t wait until I felt like it, I waited until I felt a little more rested and then I just said – OK – I AM WRITING AGAIN. I don’t wait till I feel like it – I write because I love it. I write because I have people to inspire and there are a whole lot of children and educators out there who need someone to share the powerful story of how awesome education is and can be when you do it amazingly well.

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Call for Proposals

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Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2014 Global Education Conference. The conference will be held online, around the clock, over the course of fiv…
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Proposal deadline is November 1st. Time slots are going quickly - submit today!

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Global Collaboration Mastermind Workshop | Events | Grand Canyon University

Global Collaboration Mastermind Workshop | Events | Grand Canyon University | Durff | Scoop.it

Improve learning, break down classroom walls and develop authentic audiences as you enhance the education of your students with a global collaborative classroom! Learn time-tested best practices that will help facilitate bridges of global competency and connections between your classroom and other commi­tted educators worldwide.

Join flat classroom pioneer Vicki Davis and like-minded educators for a day that will challenge you to think and act as you create action-steps toward global learning. Three powerful 45-minute collaborative sessions will be led by Vicki, followed by engaging MasterMind Meetings where you will reflect and create action steps in a format designed to take group strengths and promote action. You will learn that you do not have to give up standards to collaborate globally!




Date: Nov. 18Time: 8:45 a.m.Doors Open: 8 a.m.Location: GCU Arena Tickets on sale now!

Tickets may be purchased online, at the GCU Arena box office or by calling602-639-8999.





 














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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 11, 10:09 AM

Vicki Davis. @coolcatteacher

Doesn't get much better than this.

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Chromebooks 101: A Guide to Chromebook Success | Intel Engage

Chromebooks 101: A Guide to Chromebook Success | Intel Engage | Durff | Scoop.it
by Vicki Davis Chromebooks are a fantastic new tool being used by many schools with robust wireless networks and a vision for twenty-first-century
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15 Visual Content Tools That Rock

15 Visual Content Tools That Rock | Durff | Scoop.it
Today I'm sharing just why it's dangerous to put your trust in copy on it's own and why visual content can create the perfect balance for your blog.

 

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 5, 9:11 PM

Writing without the power of visuals is flat and boring. These tools bring your ideas to life. Stacey's made some very useful annotations about what is useful about each of the 15 tools.  Great list!  ~  Deb

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 6, 8:22 AM

A short list of tools for creating visual content.

All of them are good, but are much more than these 15.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 7, 8:39 AM

Great list of useful graphics tools!

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Everything Teachers Need to Know about Chromebooks (9 Tutorials) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Chromebooks (9 Tutorials) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Durff | Scoop.it
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Help support Mrs. Reynolds's Classroom

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I work with students who come from a variety of living situations, mostly high needs in terms of economics. Many come in not for an education but for love and a safe place. The best way for a student to learn is through connecting new knowledge to their own previous real world experiences. Because that area can sometimes be lacking, forming a real world connection can be difficult for these students. Our school has adopted the "You Matter" manifesto which lets people know they are valued and we need their contribution in our world. We sent our students "You Matter" letters prior to Meet the Teacher night. We, as teachers, identified our genius or "superpower" and created a superhero to represent it. My superhero is "Mighty Motivator". We dressed as our superhero on Meet the Teacher night and saw record attendance from students and parents. These students are hungry to be inspired and show the world their genius - we just need to give them the chance.
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Why lunch ladies are heroes

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Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.
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4 Reasons Why I Don't Borrow Digital Books - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

4 Reasons Why I Don't Borrow Digital Books - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Durff | Scoop.it
4 Reasons Why I Don't Borrow Digital Books Inside Higher Ed (blog) (I'd love to borrow my digital books from my academic library as well, but my understanding is that while academic libraries may sometimes offer non-scholarly digital books, this is...

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Love to Count by Pirate Trio

Love to Count by Pirate Trio | Durff | Scoop.it
Hundreds of tasks and swashbuckling fun for new math learners
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The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses | Durff | Scoop.it
From new technology to everyday materials to rebooting school woodshop and home ec classes, makerspaces challenge students to open their minds and expand their skillsets.
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'The Big Bang Theory' Stars Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons & Melissa Rauch #IReadEverywhere for NYPL

'The Big Bang Theory' Stars Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons & Melissa Rauch #IReadEverywhere for NYPL | Durff | Scoop.it
Melody Star | Aug 5  |  7:14 PM PDT It is no secret that Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons are avid readers, but it was special today to see the two of them, along with Melissa Rauch participate in New ...
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Storyboard That is Proud to Announce Detailed Teacher Guides Filled with Amazing Educational Activities

Storyboard That is Proud to Announce Detailed Teacher Guides Filled with Amazing Educational Activities | Durff | Scoop.it
Cambridge, Massachusetts (PRWEB) August 07, 2014 -- Bringing the power of digital storytelling to an ELA class has never been easier. Each teacher guide contains 7+ common core aligned, engaging and innovative activities for the classroom.
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