5 Awesome Things I Did for PD This Summer

1) #isedchat
While I originally thought that people might want a break from our weekly chat, there was an overwhelming feeling that educators shouldn’t stop learning in the summer. I’m so glad that we continued! We discussed topics such as highly effective faculty meetings, ideas to start the school year off right, personal goals, school to home communication and much more! We even read the book “A New Culture of Learning” and had a fabulous discussion surrounding it one of the weeks. I am also looking forward to a discussion of the article “How Teens Understand Privacy” on August 25th. It was amazing to share resources and learn from each other all summer! Check out our archives published to the ISE Ning.

2) Taught Scratch Programming
This summer, for the first time in 15 years, I taught a computer programming class. I had the pleasure and honor to teach, along side of Sarah Ludwig, 30 highly motivated 6th – 8th grades how to design and create their own video game. I had never used Scratch before so i watched online tutorials, played, and learned right along side of the students. It was an amazingly authentic teaching experience. See my blog post here!

3) Blogged….and read others’ blogs
While I often claim that I don’t like to write, I find so much pleasure in writing and reflecting on teaching and learning. I also love reading other educators reflections. Here are a few of my favorites from this summer:

To Effect Change, Keep It Simple

IT Director = Campus Bartender 

A Letter to New Teachers 

Professional Comfort Zone

Blah Blah Blah Life Long Learning Blah Blah Blah

4) Diigo!
I am a huge fan of Diigo. It provides me with a network of other educators and the resources they find useful. I especially like when others highlight and add commentary s. It is a tool I use every day and I look forward to the daily emails from groups like Educators, Math Links, Classroom 2.0 and many others!  This summer, I set up each department and division with a Diigo group so I can pass along great resources to them. A few colleagues have already signed on, and even added resources to the groups. Yay!

5) Twitter
I am a huge fan of Twitter. I learn so much from my PLN every day! Aside from all of the amazing resources I have at my fingertips 24/7, Twitter allowed me to “attend” some of the conferences virtually this summer that I could not
attend in person. #iste11 was amazing to follow, as was #whuc11, (Whipple Hill Users Conference), some #edcamps and the #140edu. I followed keynotes, workshops, and post-conference follow-ups. Thanks to everyone who shared!

So, another summer is approaching its end. I am always excited about a new school year and I am especially excited, this year, to share all that I have learned!

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