Saturday, May 24, 2014

What's Happening? #nsd14ed Staff Events

An important part of a Professional Learning Community is the collaboration. One part of that is communicating information of events. Our school incorporates Google Calendar as our planning tool. How do I use my calendar. Please learn from our video-agrapher, Debbie Cook (; .

How do we access our calendars?

You can always login directly to your calendar at You can find our district and staff events calendar on the left column of our revised STAFF website:

How do I subscribe to our district calendars?

The first video below shows you how to subscribe to the NSD District and Staff Events calendars by clicking the +Google Calendar at the bottom of each calendar on the staff website:

The calendars will then show up under your "Other Calendars" on your left sidebar.
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Note: At bottom right on the video is a "Full Screen" icon to view the video at Full Screen.

How do I add events to my own and the Staff Events calendar?

The next video shows you how to access your calendars and the Staff Events calendar. Your calendar is always private unless you share it. The Staff Events calendar is viewable by all staff at our school only, and is editable by teachers and coordinators. If you need access, please let me know.

Please watch the 5_minute Professional Development video to learn how easy it is to add an event to your own and to the Staff Events calendar.  Then, share an event you will participate in over the summer-- personal or school-related. Please do this before school has ended for this year.  Thank you!

Remember,  please share an event you will participate in over the summer-- personal or school-related. Please do this before school has ended for this year.  Thank you!

If you have joined Twitter, I tweeted a link to  this post with our #nsd14ed hashtag:

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Steps An Invitation

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 Image Credit: My friend,  mrsdkrebs Denise Krebs, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0

It's always baby steps.

Change is not easy.

But change is coming.

Our learners are expecting more from us.

My last post explained how #PSESD Literacy is guiding staff in baby steps. I shared it to invite our school staff to take a baby step, to try Twitter, and to ask for help in joining the community of learners online.

It also isn't easy to be the one person inviting others to join in the reforming changes in education.  Just today, I participated in the #dcmchat with Alec Couros, a hero of mine who understands the openness and positive connectedness of social media. He is Professor of #edtech, #media, #education researcher, #consultant, #connected educator, keynote speaker; and #open scholar as Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with 57,000 followers.  One of his current courses is DCMOOC: Digital Citizenship Massive Open Online Course of which #dcmchat is part. In the chat I was able to share our school's strategies for teaching Digital Citizenship and able to share our Digital Eagles site for others to learn about

One of my other Twitter friends, Paul Solarz shared his students' videos on tech in the classroom which will inspire my students current work.

And I reconnected with others using a Google Citizenship project I have found, but not used yet. After connecting with Erin on Twitter about how she uses this curriculum, I will be able to have a more informed approach as I incorporate this next year:

As you can see, Twitter is a conversation, a give and take, an open and collaborative conversation that enriches my practice, and can do the same for yours.

After this chat, but still part of the #dcmchat conversation, were these tweets, which I share because it is not easy to reach out, and it is disheartening, but it is a responsibility share knowledge and information, to provide the invitation.

Why is this important? Because the change is here, now. Our students expect more from us, to be a part of their world. As Alec tweeted:

So, again, I reach out with this sharing of one Twitter Chat as an example, and a continuation of the one from my last post about #WaTeachLead.  Because today this tweet from them invites us to a blogathon about the Common Core to learn blogging and Common Core as part of PSESD CORElaborate

 So, if Twitter isn't your first choice at a baby step, how about starting a blog and share your Common Core strategies with others?

Again, if this will be a school Blogger blog, follow the protocol of naming for consistency, just as for Twitter:


My Twitter
My School Blog

Once again, I invite you to try Twitter or Blogger (part of our Google Apps).

There's even  Edublog Teacher Blogging Challenges to help you get started -- I'd be happy to help.

Take a step, a baby step, at learning something new.  Contact Sheri for getting started.

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

#WaTeachLead Tweet Up I wasn't there

So excited to meet fantastic teacher leaders meeting to learn about Twitter, Common Core State Standards, and TPEP teacher evaluation.

I was not there. I was not in the room for the Tweet Up. I stumbled upon an amazing group of educators. Just by checking out a hashtag. This is the hashtag: #WaTeachLead

While watching my Saturday morning Classroom 20 Live with @coffeechugbooks Aaron Mauer to learn about student voice and project based learning, I saw a tweet with the hashtag #WaTeachLead which led me to a Tweet Up with Washington State teachers at Puget Sound Educational Service District. Here's PSESD's invitation, including Why Twitter: Most Powerful Professional Learning Network.

What an honor to "listen" and "chat" with such an amazing group of educators dealing with the same issues of #CCSS Common Core and teacher evaluation. In addition, many were introduced to Twitter 101: your own personal learning network of educators. It was awesome. The information below this post shares our chat and their Prezi. Here is the Twitter Handout.

Notice I said "our chat," because although I was not at the Tweet Up at PSESD, I could still learn and participate through Twitter. How awesome is that? I've met many fellow language arts middle school teachers as well as others. Now in Washington State teachers have a way to share and learn together about the mandates added to their journey as teachers, and that makes the path more open and less intimidating. It's not a jungle out there, it's a community.  To follow the community, I discovered a "tagboard" to keep track of hashtags, and created one for hashtag #WaTeachLead here: Tagboard. It curates the chat and any tweets in between because it updates. As you can see, we teachers are stepping forward and leaving footprints, a digital path of discourse in a democratic society. Amazing, isn't it?

So, I've dusted off this old blog, ready to start again. NSD in the 21st Century: things have changed. I hope you follow @PSESDLiteracy to learn more about these issues and to follow hashtag #WaTeachLead.  Visit their CORElaborate site to learn more. From these you will find many more  people to follow on Twitter. Please follow me at @nsdedwards. 

If you are an NSD teacher, I hope you create your Twitter account [ I'll guide you -- just ask ] following our protocol of nsd+lastname [  example: nsdedwards ].  We can use the hashtag #nsd14ed .

This is a journey we don't need to take alone. Thank you #WaTeachLead and others for the encouragement and support. Yes, I wasn't physically there, but I was "there." 


Here's a record of the chat:

Additional Resources:
Edudemic's Guide to Hashtags
Cybraryman's Twitter Chat Info

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.