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Welcome to our PLN (Professional Learning Network)!

The PLN is designed for CILC's members to find colleagues, join conversations and grow their network. Once you have joined the PLN you can catch up on the latest discussions, review professional development tweets and check out the calendar for upcoming PLN events.

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Looking for your next inspirational & innovative PD read? We've got FORTY (Yes...40!!!) choices for you! A great honor to work w/all of these incredible DBC INc. (and IMpress) authors: #tlap #LeadLap #KidsDeserveIt #IMMOOC
#Podcast - Find out how @MakersEmpire expands kids creativity in #STEM through #3D printing #design challenges.
You see, the flipped learning model is one that is inherently a mastery learning model. That is the reason why it is so successful in my classroom. #EdChat #KidsDeserveIt #MasteryChat
Join @colleen_cruz in her live PD webinar series "Unstoppable Teaching: Thriving as a Teacher of Writing" starting March 14! 
See how @Lindsay_USD uses #blendedlearning to support compentency-based progression in new report from @All4Ed & @FutureReady #caedchat 
Use Carousels to Engage #Studens Before, During, or After #Reading #aplangchat #aplitchat
Ideas or using drones in science education #STEM #edtech
Thanks for publishing my article on #FlipgridFever @KQEDedspace @PeterPaccone @Flipgrid #casocstudies #sschat #sstlap #engsschat
via @Hoonuit: Join the #Hoonuit chat every other Wed. as the Learning Ambassadors moderate on education @JaimeDonally #edsquad 
How to Remake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands On Learning in the New Year. #edtech via @EdSurge
40 Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement #edchat #ukedchat #passiondriven #elearning #ncte #sschat #elachat #principals #eduleader #teachingtips #classroom #engagement #SEL #pbl
Let's inspire the next generation to make the world a more peaceful place. Here's how: #SDG16 #TeachSDGs
 From: @nfminute
Twenty percent of the books on this Top Sci-Tech Books for Youth are by iNK Thank Tank authors! Congrats! @TechBriefsMag #TechforPlanet #Tech17
 From: @AdvocateforEd 
 From: @SPACEdotcom
Curious Kids: How Do Satellites Get Back to Earth?
 From: @acforrest4241
I'm reading this great book over the break Here's a quote I liked: Connect your experiences to your teaching...and create meaningful lessons for your students." #InstantRelevance #BeAViking #MakeItReal
Help your students develop their imagination with these 3 ideas:
 From: @iste
Bring #coding into your classroom and get ready for #CSEdWeek and #HourofCode with this webinar! Join us Nov. 28, 4pmPT/7pmET
 From: @Sean4d
15/31 pgs of @Flipgrid "Oh the Places You'll Go!" #WORLDReadAloud!
 From: @FizzicsEd
Make colored petals science experiment #STEM #fizzicsed #scied #ntchat
 From: @classcraftgame
What if Classroom Management were FUN?! Gamify Your Classroom
 From: @KarlyMoura
Flipgrid & #HyperDocs Ideas for using them together in your classroom! Co-written w/ @seanjfahey

 From: @zelfstudie
Celine Sousteau will do a #Skype lesson with teachers across 6 continents on Oct. 18 (2pm GMT) #ClimateAction
 From: @focus2achieve
My Free Teaching & Learning Resources Page is Up! #teaching #learning #edchat #education 
 From: @DebateGlobal
Great online learning with @cilcorg Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration #ISTEGlobalPLN #globaled17 
 From: @web20classroom
Important for everyone from @shfarnsworth-3 instructional Strategies To Support Classrooms: #edchat
 From: @nfminute
Where the Science Here? Predicting Hurricanes #science #edtech #elled #teachers #STEM @vickicobb 

 From: @jeffhisereduHelp struggling students build a #growthmindset; via @BrainSMARTU 
 From: @ASCD
6 Questions to Ask Your Students on Day One. @hpitler 
 From: @Lynch39083
4 Ways to Help Your Students Embrace Diversity  #ntchat
 From: @leecrockett
Exploring 7 Fundamental Truths That Can Transform Teaching #education #passiondriven #edchat
 From: @educationweek 
Principals must address the immigration-related fears of their school community, says Nancy Gutierrez #EWopinion
 From: @Rdene915
TeachThrought: The Difference Between Technology Use and Technology Integration http://bit.ly2vCAC8T #edtech
 From: @sonnymagana
The Future of Education Transcending the Status Quo Part 3 of 5 blog series w/ @EdCircuit @CorwinPress #T3Framework
 From: @nightzookeeper
First look at our new creative writing tool: Take a look @JenWilliamsEdu @Sean4d @mrdearybury1 @LiteracyShed 
 From: @Lynch39083
Building professional learning communities: Social media, ed champs and Meetup #edchat #educhat 
 From: @leecrockett
The Five Biggest Mistakes Teachers Should Never, Ever Make #teacherquality #teachchat
 From: @RobynHriynatz
We're here to help! Tag @microsoftEDU with your #BacktoSchool ?s - We'll answer life FB August 16th #MicrosoftEdu
 From: @cilcorg
Did you know that a great way to get started with @neprisapp is to have your students join an industry chat?
 From: @k12cto
The Future of Classroom Technology: 5 Experts Weight In - Education Week #edtech 
 From: @globaledcon
Call for Proposal for the Global Education Conference is now open. Acceptances roll out starting Aug 1! #globaled17 
 From: @dsmacdonald
Six Ways to Build Girl-Inclusive #Makerspaces via @MakerEdOrg #VSLA #VTed 
 From: @Rdene915
CommonSenseEd: We're looking for #edtech reviewers! If you're interested, apply using this form: #edtecchat 
 From: @bjohnsonEDU
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century 
 From: @MrLeonard8
#Eduequals! We're looking for your favorite ways to share student voice! Post your @flipgrid video today! #stuvoice
From: @GlobalReady
The #SDGs provide a simple framework for teacher to try something new & collaborative 
From: @edutopia
Top resources for integrating science, technology, engineering, math AND art: #STEAM
From: @ibookwidgets
15 education blogs every teacher should follow @TeacherToolkit @innovativeEdu @edtechneil @ClassTechTips  
From: @paigejohnsonk12
Awesome book on how to assess #students' needs and reach all of your learners!! #Teaching #Educator #AmazonBooks 
From: @jen_hawkins4 
Middle school teachers should not be talking more than 12-15 min or you lost your students' attention #Reflection #WCPSSchat #bfc530 #edchat
From: @Lynch39083
Trends in Tech: How Schools Can Access the Future, Now #edtech
From: @JenWilliamsEdu
The time is now & the solution is education! Learn all about how to @TeachSDGs with free course http://bit.ly2pel4TI @participate 
From: @ideaphora
Enhance concept mapping using Ideaphora's Granular Search with 14,000 + pieces of vetted-open education resources! 
From: @CiscoEDU
How can #students best approach virtual learning if they nver have before? This story gives three tips:
From: @HRSB_Official
Canada Learns Code is an organization that provides support/lessons for teachers on coding. Check it out: #CLC150
From: @LollyDaskal
The Best Leaders Are Great Coaches @LollyDaskal #Leadership #LeadFromWithin 
From: @edutopia
MT @NewsHour: Inspiring interview with @BillNye on how science teachers can inspire students: #stem 
From: @DavidGeurin
Developing Self-Directed Learners: Teaching Students to Set Their Course via @Getting_Smart 
From: @chatzopoulosn
Check out this list of 25 prominent #edtech leaders everyone can learn from #edchat #ipaded #FETC 
From: @edutopia
Teach students this simple way to steer their brain toward positive learning outcomes.
From: @paigejohnsonk12
The future of technology is amazing! 8 Technologies that will shape future classrooms! #AR #VR #ed #STEM #k12 
From: @TheresaShafer
How to do Innovate Projects in the Midst of Standards and Curriculum viz @aiiuliani @PBLChat 
From: @edutopia
How to choose diverse & inclusive resources (& why it's important to do so) 
Topic: Best Practices for Video Communications in K-12
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Join Zoom and the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for a discussion on how schools across the country are using video communications to enrich student learning with interactive virtual content. 

Title: Webex for Educators, Come Earn a Badge for Connecting your Classroom
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Password: Bc78UYJb
Description: Join us to learn how Webex in the classroom can provide you everything you need for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration.  Webex is the only tool needed to collaborate with other educators, students and even your parents. 
Have you ever wanted to visit Alaska?
Hello From Alaska! My name is Rob Sparks and I work at Soldotna High School, a 9-12 high school on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. We are a high school classroom hoping to do a Meet and Greet connection and share our Alaskan culture. We would like ...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Other: 14-18

Alaskan Students Wanting to Exchange Cultures!
Hello From Alaska! My name is Rob Sparks and I work at Soldotna High School, a 9-12 high school on the Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. We are a high school classroom hoping to do a Meet and Greet connection and share our Alaskan culture. We would like ...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Other: 13-18

Virtual Kindergarten Book Buddies
Virtual Book Buddies - I am looking for a K class to partner with another K class to share the books they are reading! We are hoping to increase reading excitement and introduce students to sharing what they know in a supportive, fun environment!
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): Kindergarten Other: 4,5 and 6 year olds

Mystery Number Video Conference
Mystery Number - each class chooses a number (Perhaps 1-10 for a K class' first video conference). Each class takes turns asking greater than/less than questions until they pinpoint the "Secret Number"!
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): Kindergarten Other: We are looking for a partner class for K (age 5). If you have older students, grades 1-2 who would

Mystery Location Video Conference
Mystery Location Video Conference I have a 5th grade class in the US looking to partner with another 5th grade class in the US. We would like to ask yes/no questions until each group can pinpoint the other's location. At the end of the event, students may s...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 5 Other: Ages 10 - 12


Whether you are a K-12 Educator or Administrator, or at a Higher Education institution, there is a community for you. When you join a community, you will get access to interactions with your peers, professional learning opportunities, and our new badging program, developed with Cisco Connected Educator program.


When a chat discussion in a PLN community has numerous members responding in a short amount of time the discussion will be upgraded to a hot topic!

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The Cisco Connected Educator Badge Curriculum empowers educators with high-quality collaboration tools to foster innovation and creativity in today’s digital learning environments.  Some highlights:
  • COMMUNITIES: Provides a Professional Learning Network (PLN) in which members — through the use of the Cisco collaboration application, Webex Teams —belong to individual learning communities to share and discuss best practices pertaining to their teaching with collaboration technologies. 
  • BADGES: The PLN will provide support to educators as they work on any one of the Cisco Connected Educator Badges.