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Guest speaking about being a Tech Coordinator & growing my #PLN. @TC_CMLTD @TeachersCollege

I’m proud to be an alumna of the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University where I earned my MA (2001) and EdM (2016) in Instructional Technology and New Media. (The next step would be a Doctorate, but unless I get an honorary one like Bono, I’m not sure I have the willpower to do so…)

Professor Chang, my patient and helpful thesis advisor, invited me to speak with her core seminar students tonight about my “experience and expertise in implementing and learning with technology in the classroom.” I prepared the slides above to lightly outline and illustrate why I think curating a Personalized (or Professional) Learning Network is super valuable. I also included suggestions for how to locate and connect with people synchronously and asynchronously, online and offline, personally and professionally. For inspiration about what to talk about, I turned to the abstract for my EdM paper which is pasted below:

This paper considers that investing time in growing a Personalized Learning Network (PLN) by interacting with other professionals in the field synchronously and asynchronously, online and offline, socially and professionally will lead to the ultimate reward of being a more engaged, informed, and connected educator in the 21st Century. This inevitably will enable access to people and information that will further enrich the educator and their community. There are distinct advantages to building and leveraging a PLN to learn, share, network, and collaborate as a career teacher both online and offline. Additionally, maintaining a personal portfolio is a valuable resource towards professional growth and building your network as it helps educators engage in a metacognitive study of their own teaching and learning, legitimize their online presence, and expand their PLN. Much research points towards the value of growing a PLN and digital portfolio curation and the role these play in a 21st Century educator’s practice.

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Still time to register for Teach21c on June 20-23


The School at Columbia University is launching a new teaching/learning institute called Teach21. There will be a series of workshops and daily keynote speakers from June 20-23rd. On the website, Teach21 is described as follows:

Teach21 is a new professional development institute that focuses on 21st Century teaching and learning. Developed and taught by The School at Columbia faculty, the workshops are grounded in cutting edge pedagogy and classroom experience. Descriptions of half-day, full day and two day workshops can be found in the Workshops tab. Each day will begin at 9 am with a Keynote speaker. If you register for any workshop you can attend all Keynotes. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Register before June 1st for early bird rates on workshops. (from the website)

I’m scheduled to lead two sessions:

Collaborating with New Media in the 21st Century Classroom (Tuesday 6/21/2011, 10:00am12:30pm)

We will look at different 21st century communication tools and demonstrate how they play out in the classroom and in the school of the future. The School at Columbia has built a web 2.0 “safe playground” in which students, starting in 3rd grade, learn to contribute to online culture building. By providing this mediascape for students, we grapple with a number of questions: How are our students using these tools? How are we teaching our students to use these tools appropriately? By asking these questions, we reflect on the impact of new media tools in the 21st century classroom.

Social Networking and Literacy (Thursday 6/23/2011, 10:00am12:30pm)

In our integrated Language Arts classroom, students work collaboratively and independently using Google Apps, iMovie, and Garageband to enhance their learning experience and share with their classmates. This workshop is about using new media in the Middle School Language Arts classroom to increase motivation, understanding, and accountability. One example is our in-house Independent Reading Site (powered by Google Apps). Students populate the site with an ever-increasing selection of book reviews. These reviews can be in the form of text, video, or drawings. In essence, our middle school students are social networking about literature. We are excited to share other examples of how we are using New Media in the Language Arts classroom.

Teach21 on the web: http://teach21.theschool.columbia.edu
Teach21 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/teach21

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