August bring us the new school year! I am excited to begin and get creative with ways to reach teachers and all areas of education with PD-zine. I introduced this “electronic professional development resource” in May. Took a little hiatus… (vacation in a MUST- hehe) and now it’s BACK! I love being able to collaborate with fellow colleagues and reaching out to extend my PLN. There are AMAZING people out there and willing to share experiences and knowledge. There is a wealth! Quite frankly, through Twitter I have learned an immense amount and connected with so many passionate people wanting to truly “make a difference!”
Soooo… PD-zine! I hope you find it useful, helpful, supportive, and most of all fun! Something you can look to now, look to later and yet always be there! This month’s focus is on collaboration (Yes, one of the 4 C’s) and cooperative learning. These two are HUGE concepts by themselves, which is explained. I wanted to take the perspective of neutrality and let you realize that you have the power in your classroom. Both are essential and beneficial, but you truly need to see the distinction.
Through this process, I am excited to connect with teacherswithapps and Jon Spencer! I love how we all can come together and support one another. Such an amazing feeling!
Teacherswithapps is an educational app review and resource site. Seriously check them out! I was impressed with the quick response when I asked for permission to use content and the overall site when I first looked into it. Jayne Clare (co-founder of TWA), herself, reached out to me! Also, I hope to submit some reviews myself to help in their process of a site designated to assist teachers to find reviews of apps in education to use responsibly in the classroom. This site is organized and the blog posts are incredible resources!
Jon Spencer (@spencerideas) exerts energy and creativity! Sign up to follow him on both Twitter and his blog for amazing FREE resources! Just the fact that he is “on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder” is infectious enough to say heck ya- he is awesome! Believing that all people are naturally creative, Jon is on a mission to empower students to be creative thinkers and through his resources and enthusiasm he is going to do just that. What more can you ask for than students to become creative learners in this ever-evolving world?!?!
So without further adieu… Check it out! This month it is focused on Collaboration & Cooperative Learning… “Learn” some content, “Teach” something new, try a few new “Tech Tools, check out the “Spotlight” (shout out to @coachingqbana), and more! Click away! Comment away! I am crawling with excitement!
Check it out at my WEBSITE listed under the PD-zine tab OR click above!