I started this blog primarily to document my doctoral journey, so I wanted to share how critical Evernote has been on this journey. I will admit that I was a huge fan of Microsoft OneNote. In fact, I installed Parallel on my Mac, just to use OneNote. However, OneNote did not have a successful web application, or iPad application. Syncing and accessing my notes between devices was extremely difficult. I decided to transition to Evernote and I have never looked back.
I am an visual person, especially when in comes to quantitative research design. I have spent a great deal of time recreating charts and diagrams in my current course. I found that there were many other visual learners in my class and I was able to share my resources with them. I was able to share my entire resources notebook with the entire class! Hooray for shared notebooks!! I am hoping to start a note-sharing revolution as we move on to qualitative research design.
Shared Notebook: https://www.evernote.com/pub/lsqualls/resources
Twitter is an exceptional tool for the self-directed learner, especially educators. This has proven to be a valuable tool for networking with educators around the globe. This week I will be starting a new book study with other educational leaders. Last year, I participated in a book study of What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker with principals and assistant principals in my school district. This was an excellent learning opportunity and we met several times throughout the school year. Whitaker’s newest book, Shifting the Monkey, provides another opportunity for a book study! This will be a virtual book study via Twitter! @PrincipalJ is organizing this event. I read chapter one and I am very excited about chatting with my fellow educators that offer different perspectives and experiences. You can join us! Follow me on Twitter and track the #shiftingthemonkey hashtag for more information! This will be a great opportunity to read a great book, help grow yourself as a leader, build your personal and professional learning network, and participate in some lively discussions.
I work with a wonderful group people! We have worked diligently all year to integrate technology into the curriculum. One problem we consistently encountered was the foggy and unclear terms of service agreements with web 2.0 tools. Problem = PLC! A small group worked to investigate and get clarification on which web 2.0 tools were appropriate for each grade level/age group. The result = a color coded Google spreadsheet that can be shared with all instructional technology specialists.
View the entire Web 2.0 Permission Levels Google Spreadsheet online!
What are some of your best instructional ideas from implementing wikis and blog in your classroom this year?
Spell it with Flickr can helps students visualize words. What a fun tool. If students are going to post or publish, they can check out the creative commons license for each image.
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