My Favorite Cookbooks in 2015

My Favorite Cookbooks in 2015

I enjoy cooking and like to refer to cook books for ideas. Considering cookbooks are always in the Weekly top 10 best sellers at my local bookstores — I’m obviously not the only cookbook lover!

So I thought I would share my current favorite cookbooks that have helped make me a better cook!

Ways To Use Crowd Sourcing In The Classroom

Ways To Use Crowd Sourcing In The Classroom

I’m facilitating a session with Tzvi Pittinsky on using Crowd sourcing in the Classroom at ISTE 2015 and Tzvi decided that the best way to demonstrate the power of crowd sourcing is to crowd source our presentation.

We would love your help with our presentation!

Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

Learning by blogging: My Gardening Adventures

Blogging is an important part of how I learn. The process of sharing information in posts helps me reflect deeper, document information I want to refer back to and provide a mechanism for others to provide input into aspects I hadn’t considered.

The purpose of this post is to reflect on my veggie patch progress. While the topic mightn’t necessarily be of interest — you might find it helpful to observe how someone like me uses blogging for learning and why it is important to encourage students to not only blog for school but allow them to blog about their passions.

It’s also important to blog about what you’re passionate about , and what interests you.

Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together

Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together

Through digital curation we collect, manage and collate the best, most relevant content, on a specific topic or theme, for ourselves and share with others. Using tools like Scoop.it, Pinterest, Diigo and Livebinders educators collect the best resources to put them into context with organisation, annotation and presentation.

This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared during my presentation for the 2013 Reform Symposium e-Conference on digital curation.

Commenting Counts (or does it?)

Commenting Counts (or does it?)

We’ve worked hard emphasizing that reading other people’s posts and commenting on posts are both a very important part of the learning process as a blogger. But what I do know is some have reflected they feel that commenting feels like a burden or that once you’ve made a comment it often goes no further.

What are your thoughts? Do comments count?

Advanced Blogging: You asked for it!

Advanced Blogging: You asked for it!

I was asked to facilitate a series of blogging sessions the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (ETMOOC).  You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and ETMOOC here. This post is a summary of the ideas. tips and resources shared in the advanced blogging session. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Introduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy George (see supporting materials here). Introduction to Blogging (Director Cut) – repeat Jan……

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Staying Sane: Letting Go To Learn More!

Staying Sane: Letting Go To Learn More!

A common challenge with connected learning is you want to learn it all NOW! But some times it is better to remember: I’m keen to see ETMOOC participants celebrating their learning and achievements in March like this: Rather give up feeling overwhelmed like this: Remember you don’t need to follow every link, think about every conversation. Thinks about what you want to learn and focus your time on this.  Sometimes quality is better than quantity. Prioritizing your Learning Below is a visualization of my work flow to……

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Work smarter and stay connected in a learning community

Work smarter and stay connected in a learning community

A key skill working online is working out strategies that save you time. It’s all about: Working smarter not harder. Saving time while maximizing outcome. Learning to focus on what you want to learn – you don’t need to follow every link, think about every conversation.  Learn to let go! And when you’re participating in a connectivist MOOC like ETMOOC where over 1,500 participants are interacting through their blogs,  Google+ community, through the ETMOOC Twitter hashtag and a wide range of tools working out strategies to work smarter……

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Learning through blogging as part of a connectivist MOOC

Learning through blogging as part of a connectivist MOOC

I was asked to facilitate sessions on blogging for the Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology (#ETMOOC).  You can read more about connectivist MOOC’s and #ETMOOC here. I’ve written this post to help participants better understand the ideas I discussed in my session and to make it easier to access the resources I recommend. You’ll find the recordings to the session here: Complete list of archived ETMOOC Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Introduction to Blogging – Jan 17 incl. Sue Wyatt, Peggy George……

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