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Does Social Media Offer PD Or Something More?

#Edchat, as well as about 50 other educational twitterchats, Digital Personal Learning Networks, Online Discussion Groups, Twitter, LinkedIn and a number of other Web 2.0 social media applications are often attributed by educators for offering professional development, or PD. Social Media is also credited with helping the emergence of Edcamps and Teachmeets, as well as online conferences like #140edu Conference and the Reform Symposium Conference. These are all considered by many to be…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on August 7, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

Professional Comfort Zone?

I recently read a post from Andrew Marcinek, an educator who I greatly respect and often agree with. Are We Chasing Technology or Mastering It? His post however caused me, for the first time after several years of connection, to disagree with him. In his post he asserts that we should slow down the way we expect teachers to learn and use technology as a tool for learning. He makes some valid points. We can never be on the cutting…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 24, 2011 at 11:31pm — No Comments

The Future of EDU in SIX Hours

Every three years I force myself to do something that, although it is geared to save me money and provide for my safety, I dread it more than the possibility of Kidney Stones. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the DMV provides a Defensive Driving Course for drivers to complete and earn a reduction on their insurance premium, or a reduction on points on their license as a result of traffic infractions. Not wanting to suffer alone, and needing to get the highest reduction possible…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 19, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Twitter’s Effect on Presentations & Presenters

As I attend more and more conferences explaining the effect Social Media is having on education, the subject of Back Channeling often comes up. Educators at conferences are beginning to accept the fact that it is okay for audience members to twitter out to their followers the statements of the presenter as well as their own impressions of the speaker and topic. As I explained this to a number of people at a conference this week, I remembered the first post I did on this very subject way back on… Continue

Added by Thomas Whitby on July 14, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Digital Native Myth Buster

After a wonderful experience at the ISTE11 Conference in Philadelphia, I finally made the decision to get away from any computer and get myself to the beach for a week to decompress. Of course, I have my Droid, so I am still somewhat connected, but frustratingly so. A mobile device doesn’t yet fully replace the speed and convenience of a loaded laptop or desktop. Yet, it is that very inconvenience with only a mobile phone at the beach that enables me to say to my family that I am, for the…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 8, 2011 at 10:34am — 5 Comments

Not Your Father’s EDU Conference

With a premiere Technology-in-Education Conference, ISTE11, coming in a matter of days, I find myself comparing the Education conferences of old to the social media-influenced Education conferences of today. There is a world of differences, but, unfortunately, many of these differences have yet to be discovered by educators who have failed to recognize the juggernaut of social media. For many years I was a board member of NYSCATE, an educational technology…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on June 19, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Twitter, Simply Complicated.

May 12, 2011 

Twitter’s biggest obstacle to being the number one tool of Professional Development for educators is Twitter. It is a simple tool, based on a simple idea, which is complicated by its simplicity. To use twitter is to get it. To explain Twitter is a losing proposition. Twitter’s reputation as an application is its worst enemy. It has been the brunt of comedians’…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on May 14, 2011 at 9:38pm — 2 Comments

World’s Simplest Online Safety Policy

April 2, 2011 by tomwhitby 

Lisa Nielsen and I co-wrote and cross posted this post.

When it comes to upgrading education to the 21st Century, those who are less supportive of change, often hide behind, or are frightened of acronyms…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on April 7, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Modest Blog Proposal

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Lack of Discipline

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 3, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

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