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DEN Blog Network. Edweb-Making Connections That Matter. How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success. A culture that emphasizes collective wisdom and collaborative work has helped students at The College Preparatory School (above) in Oakland, California, achieve academic success.

How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success

It's a foggy, grey morning in Oakland, California, but that hasn't deterred Betsy Thomas, a math teacher at The College Preparatory School (College Prep), from taking her students outside for a geometry lesson. Today, her students will become land surveyors, using rope and chalk to draw geometric shapes on the courtyard's blacktop. Her aims are to help students visualize the concepts already introduced in the classroom and to reinforce the learning through group collaboration. The assignment requires teamwork, communication, and precision. A team of three boys begins constructing an equilateral triangle, after which they will construct two parallel lines and a triangle circumscribed by a circle.

The Sights and Sounds of Peer-to-Peer, Student-Led Learning Opening the Door to Classroom Collaboration. Teach to Lead. Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks. As social media become more and more predominant as platforms of connection and collaboration, the need for creating and maintaining a PLN ( Personal/Professional Learning Network ) becomes more pressing.

Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

As teachers and educators we are expected to be on top of the latest trends that can inform and enhance our classroom teaching as well as our professional growth.We are also expected to know the web tools that our students use and the new ones we can use with them in the future; but this is not always possible and because not all of our time constraints it becomes difficult to keep up the the new releases . It is at times like these that you can call upon your PLN. Creating your PLN is easier than you might even thought. Most of you are already familiar with some social media platforms such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Diigo, LinkedIn, but do you really know how to use them to create a personal learning network ? The Importancre of PLNs in Education.

Karina Barley - Autism Specialist - Karina Barley, Autism Specialist. The-relevant-educator-thomas-77030854.pdf. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN. For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today.

How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look. To that end, here is a list of educationally focused chats that we recommend (listed by day): Chat for educators teaching 4th grade #4thchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT/7pm CT Chat for educators teaching social studies #sschat Mondays 7pm ET/4pm PT/6pm CT Chat for music educators #musedchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT Chat for ELL educators #ellchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT Kindergarten Chat #kinderchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT General education chat #edchat Tuesdays 12 noon ET/ 9am PT 7pm ET/4pm PT. Edublogs Teacher Challenges. Top Educators on Twitter. Do you Tweet?

Top Educators on Twitter

If not, you should. Twitter has grown from a small niche microblogging site to a truly useful Web resource for educators (and lots of other folks, too). Educators on Twitter join in Twitter chats and parties, share what works for them and discuss everything from education reform to the nitty-gritty of using tech in the classroom. The amount of information and help being tweeted back and forth is amazing. (Not on Twitter yet, but want to be? Did you know that Education World tweets, too?

The Best of the Best @rgriffithjr - Rob Griffith is a tech-loving social studies teacher who strives to use technology for more efficient and effective teaching. @NMHS_Principal - Eric Sheninger is the principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey who is also an author, a Google Certified Teacher and an ASCD Conference Scholar. @WMChamberlain - William Chamberlain is a teacher and adjunct professor as well as a youth leader and a DEN Star teacher. @JustinTarte - Dr.

Article by Sarah W. 40 Educational Tweeters Every Teacher Should Follow. Knowing who to follow on Twitter is essential for growing and effectively benefiting from your PLN.

40 Educational Tweeters Every Teacher Should Follow

As a teacher and literacy researcher I always make sure the people I follow are really worth the follow. Checking one's tweets history together with the website associated with their Twitter profile are two of the things I look into before deciding whether to follow them or not. However, if you are looking for a list to start with , the selection below is definitely a must see. Below is a list that features the top 40 educational Twitterers out there. These are teachers, educators, professors, and education experts whose tweet feeds will provide you with a non stop stream of educational resources.

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