Competition vs. Cooperation: What Is Better For Our Schools?

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Over Easter vacation a few weeks ago, something happened that I can’t get out of my mind.  My wife’s family conducted the annual egg hunt for all of the children, ranging in ages from seven to seventeen. The plastic eggs were hidden all over the yard, some filled with candy and others filled with various amounts of money. The kids scrambled all over the yard, screaming with delight as their … [Read more...]

Educelerate Twin Cities: Emerging Trends in Professional Development

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Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Kristen Daniels, an Education Technology Consultant at TIES.  She also co-designed and implemented FlippedPD, a model of professional development utilizing digital resources along with a job-embedded coaching model to create personalized professional development for teachers. Additional information can be found at and you can follow … [Read more...]

aRTs Roundtable 47: Thank You, Carol Broos

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This week on the aRTs Roundtable  the group thanks Carol Broos on her contribution to the arts. She retired this week from the Golden Apple Foundation. Tricia, Jennifer, and Brenda talk about how Carol helped and pushed them to share resources at conferences. An interesting talk about to become teacher's of teachers. Show Host: Carol Broos Show Contributors: Tricia Fuglestad, Jennifer … [Read more...]

aRTs Roundtable 46: Expanding Your Teacher Reach


This week on the aRTs Roundtable  we discuss how to expand your teacher reach outside the classroom. It starts with our students and their work. The sharing and communicating with other educators on a personal level, leads to many more opportunities for you and your students. Show Host: Carol Broos Show Contributors: Tricia Fuglestad, Jennifer Kolze and Brenda Muench  Leave us some … [Read more...]

ToolZeit – 5 TEDTalk Playlists for Educator’s Summer Professional Development

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About Summer vacation has already begun for many educators in the United States. For some of us we have a few more weeks of school left. Summer is a time when many educators relax and recharge and allow themselves to learn something new. As life-long learners we sometimes look at increasing our knowledge and experience specifically in what we teach or it can be taking on the challenge of learning … [Read more...]

Every Escalator Needs a Polka Button: My Time Amongst the Web Folk


I can’t really say what I was expecting, coming to the Higher Ed Web 2012 Conference in Milwaukee. Left to my own devices, I would never have picked a conference for web professionals. I mean, I’m not one. I work with the web all day, and I can crank out a site using HTML and CSS in a pinch, but it’s not really my job. And yet, this week I found myself wandering the windy streets with a badge … [Read more...]

LiTTech #38: Social Media for Professional Development


This week on LiTTech: Emily and Addie talk with Jessica Olin about using Social Media to meet others in your profession, network, and discover new ideas. Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: Addie Matteson, Jessica Olin Leave us some feedback! Contact us with any questions or comments- … [Read more...]

LiTTech #36: Live from ALA Annual 2012


This week on LiTTech: a chance to see the inside of the ALA Annual convention from the attendees themselves. 33 people were kind enough to speak into Emily's iPhone (usually when they were trying to do something else). Here's what they had to say! Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: See the show notes for a complete list of everyone who was kind enough to talk to … [Read more...]