Professional Learning Network

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) 
Check back for upcoming events!

Did you miss our Meet Nepris Event? Catch up with the recording here

Episode #23: Inspiring Kids to Greatness with Darren Ellwein

    Listen to the Podcast here!I’m very fortunate to have met and spent time with Darren in Minnesota at the TIES conference and in California when he was at a Google event. I love sharing his stories and videos with schools and am excited to share excerpts from the podcast with you.   Why are you so passionate about transforming education?We all know at some point that time is pretty short with what we feel like we’re called to do. For me, I want to make a ...
Posted: 1/24/2018 8:14:46 AM by Global Administrator

Connect Your Students to the World Using Your Cell Phone

“I don’t know,” and then try to move on. “I don’t know, but I will look it up after school today and get back to you tomorrow.” “Why don’t you look it after school today and get back to all of us tomorrow.”With the digital age, things have changed for the better. Now teachers can also say “Great question, grab a Chromebook, look it up and tell me what you learn.”But what if the answer to a student’s question can&rs...
Posted: 1/23/2018 1:27:48 PM by Peter Paccone

Top 10 Rethinking Learning Posts in 2017

Build a Toolkit so Learners Become Future ReadyMost teachers join the profession because they want to make a difference in children’s lives. They want their students to be the best they can be so they reach their fullest potential. But that is not always easy with large classroom sizes, a wide range of differences of the learners, and the constraints and barriers within the system. A Class Learning Snapshot (CLS) helps you design instructional and learning strategies based on four diver...
Posted: 1/15/2018 9:18:41 AM by Barbara Bray

Teachers Who Blog: The 20 Best of 2017

Alice ChenAlice Chen is a Suzanne Middle School teacher (8th-grade Language Arts, Technology Coach). Alice’s school is located in Walnut, California and she can be reached via Twitter @wondertechedu and her Alice in Wonder Tech blog. Alice’s best blog posts of 2017 are: Real News, Fake News or Opinion? Teaching Our Students to Discern the Difference 8 Ways for Students to Reflect on Their Learning Empowering Students with Peer-Designed Lessons Amy Ro...
Posted: 1/3/2018 3:29:27 PM by Peter Paccone

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers

Attention all teachers—veteran teachers especially. You have much of value to offer your students. You probably also have much of value to offer the teachers at your school. But what if you’re one of those teachers who also have much of value to offer the world of education at large? For example: A description of your best teaching lessons Copies of your lesson plans Your reflections on teaching, learning, and/or assessment Examples of your students’ workIf you&rsquo...
Posted: 6/15/2017 9:00:26 AM by Peter Paccone


VC with refugees from Ann Hernandez

Hi IVC friends, My organization recently attended a series of videoconference experiences at the...

Ripples Make Waves

World Water Day Virtual Global Youth Summit Starting at 9:00am CST March 22 and continuing for ...

Mystery Video Chat

Group of 4th/5th graders at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea looking to have a myste...
foxie Hey, Sean, If you post this in the collaboration center, more eyes will see it! cmkrumm Sean, I've got a staff mtg. on Monday. I will ask if anyone is interested.

Mentor wanted

Hi, all I have an Elementary educator that is fairly new to IVC applications in the classroom. ...

Webinar Recordings

Peter Paccone Webinar: Julie Lindsay Webinar:

August CILC Webinar

Want to have your students VC with Miki Nyguen If so...
foxie Who is Mike Nyguen? peter pac Miki Nyguen is the man telling the story in the video clip that I have provided. It's an incredib... foxie Want to see the webinar? Here is a link to the recording:

August CILC Webinar

Remember this iconic Vietnam War photograph?

August CILC Webinar

Want to have your students VC with the woman at the center of this iconic Vietnam War photograph?...

August CILC Webinar

In August, I'll be hosting a CILC Webinar: How to Get Famous Names in History to VC with your Stu...

The 5 Minute University Tech Blog

Beginning in August I will be posting tech tips. Check out the blog here: http://sghistoryteach...

EdCampGlobal: Global Collaborations

If you are curious about how to start a Global Collaboration project in your classroom, I will be...


Hey, everybody We are glad to see you have found the PLN! Both CILC and Cisco hope that this wi...
herald I would like to know about Prof. Development workshops.

Free Culper Spy Ring Distance Learning Program
Hi: We are interested in broadcasting this program from a new venue: from the actual historic Brewster House (home to Joseph Brewster, cousin of Caleb Brewster who was a member of the Culper Spy Ring). I am looking for a school to do a version of this program...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Other:

Cold War
For the next few weeks we will be studying the Cold War. I think it could be really interesting to converse with a classroom that is part of Russia and/or Eastern Europe and see how they study the Cold War. How do their teachers approach it? What do their par...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Other:

Genius Hour
I am a second grade teacher in Costa Rica doing Genius Hour for the first time. I would like to collaborate with any grade level that is interested in doing Genius Hour or already doing Genius Hour. We could be pen pals or we could connect a limited number o...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): K-12 Educator Other:

Seeking HS Spanish class learning English
I have a HS Spanish teacher who is looking for a Spanish speaking class that is learning English, to collaborate via pen pals then ultimately end with a video conference session with her English students who are learning to speak Spanish.
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12 Other:

Second Grade PenPals
We are looking for a class of second graders that we can do pen pal writing with throughout the rest of our school year.
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 2 Other:

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