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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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Slides from “Our Portfolios, Ourselves” workshop at @Teach21c today. #edchat

I’m leading a Teach21 professional development workshop today, Our Portfolios, Ourselves: Crafting a Digital Portfolio of Your Work as an Educator. Here’s the description for the morning plan:
Curation is a 21st Century skill, so let’s show how to gather archival evidence of your professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio. You’ll learn tips to get started: What to gather? Where to put it? How much will this cost? How to organize it? What settings to use? How to link or embed artifacts? How to connect with others?

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Slides from my “Our Blogs, Ourselves” session for the #SpringBlogFestival organized by @NellieMuller & @mjgsm!

Above are the slides and recording from my Our Blogs, Ourselves presentation for the 2015 Spring Blog Festival. Here’s my short description of what I’ll talk about: Curation is a 21st Century skill, and Karen has been curating her digital presence for years. She will share how and why she gathers archival evidence of her professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio and offer some tips to get started. Simply put, Dr. Nellie Deutsch (@NellieMuller) is a dynamo. I thought I was busy, but Nellie puts me to shame. While I organize/attend/present at many conferences in any given year, you’d probably need to add a zero to approximate Nellie’s schedule. She coordinates and facilitates countless conferences and opportunities to connect online, and I’m lucky to be on her mailing list. Whenever I can, I accept her invitations to be part of something interesting for educators. March 21, 2015 is the second annual Spring Blog Festival. (She even had a Fall Blog Festival in the interim!) Nellie is co-organizing the SBF with María Jesús García San Martín (@mjgsm). Here’s their great description from the SBF event website:

The Spring Blog Festival (SBF) is a one day annual event that takes place on March 21. The aim of the festival is to showcase bloggers and their work. Topics range from transformational blogging and reflective blogging to connectivity, history, evolution, teaching tools, multi-media, thinking & creativity, families, schools, and content curation.

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