Using Participate for Twitter Chats

Tonight I was asked to participate in the first #SwivlChat since I have been a Swivl Video Pioneer for the last 2 years.  I received an email from Swivl with a link to Participate (www.participate.com) which was set up for the chat.  I had heard about Participate being used for Twitter chats before but had…

The True Power of my PLN

I created my Twitter account in November of 2009 to connect with my own students and share out news articles or resources about science topics.  The major byproduct of this was the connections that I started to make with other teachers, whether they were teaching in neighboring districts or even across the country and world.…

Note Taking in the 21st Century

Thinking back to my college days, I remember sitting in lecture halls and feverishly writing down all of the notes I could while the professor lectured.  It was always a challenge to keep up with what they were saying, writing while at the same time trying to understand and make sense of the new information.  This…

YouTube Transcripts and Closed Captions

You can easily enable a transcript or closed captions for videos in YouTube.  This will assist any students, or anyone for that matter, who may have trouble following along, have a hearing issue, or where the video is not in their native language.  While the transcripts are not perfect, they are computer generated for the…

Gmail and Google Drive Organization Tips

One of the biggest obstacles to working effectively in the digital world, is our ability to stay organized and to not fall into the deep end of disorganization with digital files.  It is much easier to be an effective educator if you are organized.  This was true before computers and is even more true now…

Teachers: Do No Harm

Recently I was watching an episode of Scrubs, one of my all-time favorite shows, and they were reciting the hippocratic oath: DO NO HARM.  This is a great oath to follow even for us as educators.  It should be one of the primary oaths we operate by as we are here to help ALL students…

Production – Not Reproduction

While wandering around the Art Institute of Chicago this last weekend, I ran into a quote by an artist that spoke to me as an educator.  The artist was alive in the early 1900’s but spoke about the use of technology as a tool of production, and not just as a way to reproduce what…