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Digital ID Project – An invitation for collaboration

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I just returned from a 4-day trip to the fabulous CUE Conference in fabulous Palm Springs, California. In addition to joining some outstanding speakers and sessions (which I’ll blog separately later today), the conference was also the first time my National Writing Project/MERIT colleague Natalie Bernasconi and I were able to co-present our Digital ID… Continue reading

Wrapping up MERIT – PD that works!

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Next month I wrap up my year-long participation in the MERIT program, by far the best professional development program and PLN experience I’ve had to date – bar none. The impact of MERIT really hit me last week when I was sharing with a colleague  some gems I took away from last week’s amazing Saturday… Continue reading

Gearing Up for Digital Learning Day

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I’m starting the countdown to California’s February 1 Digital Learning Day celebration and feeling very fortunate to be attending the event with three outstanding teachers from my district. Lesley McKillop, 4th grade teacher at Prairie Elementary and Area 3 Writing Project colleague, will share how her students use filmmaking as tool for transforming their writing… Continue reading

Merit Saturday Session – Inspiration & Resources

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Getting to spend Saturday with Rushton Hurley and the Merit 2011 team was worth getting up at 4:00 a.m. to make the 3 1/2 hour trip from Placerville down to Foothill College in Los Altos, knowing I would leave inspired and with a few new resources in my teacher’s toolkit.   Miguel Guhlin was our… Continue reading

Merit 2011 – Week 2 Tuesday Take-Aways

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Like every morning at Merit, we jumped right in with awesome tools: Rushton’s Resources – Be sure to check out An Unusual Football Game. Mobile Devices – If you’re wondering about the differences between the iPad and Android Xoom, here’s a chart that Jeff and Ben created. Regardless of your brand choice, this Apple video provides… Continue reading

Merit 2011 – Week 2 Monday Take-Aways

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I headed back to Foothills College this morning to start Week 2 of the fabulous Merit 2011 Institute.  Here are some take-aways from today’s sessions: Geocaching with Diane Mein – Loved starting the morning roaming the beautiful Foothills campus in search of geocached sites. Diane provided basic background information to get us started, and then… Continue reading

Merit 2011 – Week 1 Take-Aways

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I’ve just finished an amazing week of learning at the Merit 2011 Institute. I arrived with high expectations, based on knowing that Rushton Hurley would be at the helm, with an awesome team of teacher leaders – all equally excited about sharing tools, ideas, strategies for re-visioning the upcoming school year. I truly enjoyed every… Continue reading