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Tinker Make & Learn with Dr. Bartoletti

Sunday 4/20 Robin Bartoletti PhD hosts #txeduchat 8-9pm Central

This twitter chat will discuss where learning meets tinkering, making and design.

Intersection of Making and learning; The blend high and low tech worlds for maker driven learning; Design, Make, Play framework


Dr. Robin Bartoletti is a Learning Strategist, Instructional Designer and a lifelong Maker. She is a member of TxDLA, Sloan Consortium, EDUCAUSE, and is a Mozilla Maker-Mentor.  Robin is experienced in K-12 and university-level distance education. Prior to working as an instructional designer, Ms. Bartoletti was a faculty member teaching Master’s Level educational technology at Northeastern State University and the University of North Texas. She was recently selected as a Canvas grant recipient for her Project Tinker, Make and Learn. Dr. Bartoletti has a master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of North Texas and a PhD from Texas Woman’s University.

Here is what the future open course will be about:

Tinker, Make & Learn: An open, blended experience for educators, coming December 2014

Making can be a powerful catalyst for building skills and understanding across a wide range of subjects. Intended for educators from all disciplines, Tinker, Make & Learn builds upon the experiential approach to learning though a blended model. Tinker, Make & Learn delves into activity-based strategies that will help empowered participants in their own learning. The course is not just to teach making, but it is an exemplar of an exciting blended learning course. The interactive methods in the course promote an open-ended, two-way exchange of ideas. Each week will also take a look at activities that engage a specific set of making skills

Angela Maiers hosts #txeduchat

Join Angela Maiers on Sunday, April 13th

on #txeduchat 8-9pm Central

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 11.23.53 PMAngela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, author and professional trainer, known for her work in literacy, education leadership and social entrepreneurship.

An active blogger and social media evangelist, she’s deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology.

She is the founder of Choose2Matter, a movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop empathetic and innovative solutions to social problems.

She is the author of Classroom Habitudes and Passion-Driven Classroom. She also recently released a compendium of her work on passion in a free e-book, Passion Matters.

She is an alumna of The University of Iowa with a Master of Educational Supervision and Reading.

You can find her on her blog or on Twitter at @angelamaiers.

Paul Solarz on 21st Century Skills

Paul Solarz hosts #txeduchat 
Sunday April 6th
8-9pm Central


Paul Solarz has been teaching fifth grade for 15 years and was recently named the ICE Educator of the Year for 2014 (ICE is the Illinois chapter of ISTE).

Paul integrates technology and 21st Century skills into his lessons using PBL, Inquiry, and Simulations.  His students maintain personal ePortfolios of their work and post photos of their activities everyday on their classroom website: psolarz.weebly.com.

Paul is active on Twitter,  helps organize local EdCamps, and presents workshops in local school districts.

If you are ever looking for great ideas on how to use video in the classroom, check out his YouTube channel.


Chat about EdCamps on #txeduchat 3/30/14

#TxEduChat on EdCamps with @daisyray215

Sunday, 3/30 8pm to 9pm Central time.

Mrs. Marino has not always utilized technology in her classroom.


Her classroom changed when she was introduced to the world of Twitter. Now her educational connections reach not only across Texas, but also nationally and even worldwide.  She has been instrumental in changing the way Warren ISD reaches our students.  This year she held several technology camps for professional development within the district, as well as moderating Twitter chats for educators.  Region 5 has recruited her to assist in the organization of an EdCamp to be held this spring and hosted by Warren ISD.  She will also be a presenter at this year’s iPadpalooza in Austin, a technology conference that focuses on educational uses of iPads and other devices in the classroom.  This encourager and inspiring technology advocate is the perfect cheerleader for 21st century education.

She is a strong advocate for increasing parent support and promoting a positive school image.  She began a campus Facebook page, providing parents with real-time access to day-to-day campus activity posts.  She organized a parent volunteer program called VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) to increase parent participation school-wide.  In addition, she has played an integral part in organizing a student behavior and motivation program called Power and Pride. This program has played a vital role in building school morale among students and teachers.

Mrs. Marino, along with Angela Moses, created staartechers.wordpress.com. The mission of their blog is to promote and inspire technology in the classroom at every grade level. Collaboration and education go hand in hand. Their blog gives educators around the world an inside look into their classrooms, and also the classrooms of teachers featured throughout the month. Their featured “Techers” are pushing the boundaries of 21st century learning every day.

Daisy Marino graduated from Kountze High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University.  She and her husband Frank have 2 children, Maverick and Maggie, both Warren Warriors.   Mrs. Marino is a 4th grade writing teacher and serves the campus as a technology mentor.  She is currently working towards her Masters in Educational Leadership and Technology. Her enthusiasm is contagious to both her students and colleagues. Mrs. Marino was selected as Warren ISD’s District Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.





Connecting to the Community with Social Media

On Sunday, March 23rd – Join Carrie Jackson on #txeduchat

Topic: Connecting to the Community with Social MediaCarrie_Jackson_Web

So much of a school’s success hinges on strong, productive relationships with the local community–parents, voters, local business leaders, and community leaders. Social media provides a powerful set of tools to maintain two-way communication with those groups and to highlight the great things happening in our schools. Come with your ideas!

Carrie Jackson, NASSP Digital Principal; principal of Timberview Middle School, Keller ISD, Fort Worth, TX

When she helped open Timberview Middle School in 2010, Jackson worked with staff members to set a tone of collaboration, flexibility, and novelty that would support 21st century teaching and learning. From the physical design of the classrooms to the systems and processes, everything was carefully organized to promote personalized learning and teacher collaboration. Students own the learning spaces, and teachers’ desks are placed in team office areas that inspire collegial sharing and planning. Risk taking is encouraged and rewarded, but everyone is given the chance to adopt technology at their own pace. The device-rich school boasts a powerful wireless network and easy access to netbooks, MacBooks, iPads, iPods, and Flip cameras.

Still, none of those tools would affect student learning without Jackson’s guidance. As the lead learner of Timberview, she uses digital tools to transform the way she does her job. She has built a professional network through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest— and she uses social media to connect with staff members, parents, and the community. Once a week, Jackson hosts a Twitter chat with stakeholders to discuss topics related to education. She also leads campus “Tweet-alongs” where she takes photos of students and teachers engaged in innovative learning experiences and shares them on Instagram and Twitter. Jackson posts to the campus Facebook page to allow for two-way interaction and writes a principal’s blog, encouraging readers to comment and participate.

Her use of social media extends beyond the walls of Timberview. As an officer for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Jackson created and manages the association’s Facebook page and Twitter account to reach out to members.


Giving Students a Voice

On Sunday, March 16, 2014:  Todd Nesloney will host #txeduchat on the topic of giving students a voice.todd nesloney

Todd lives in Brenham, TX. In 2010, he was named FSE’s Teacher of the Year, and is also the co-sponsor of the Nationally Recognized (3 times) FSE Student Council.  He loves technology and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology into the classroom and children’s education. He’s so passionate about this that he and a colleague of his (Stacey Huffine) have started a technology training company called “The 3 Tech Ninjas”.  You can also find him on Twitter at @TechNinjaTodd.

In 2013 Todd was selected as a White House Champion of Change, Center for Digital Education’s “Top Innovators in Education” and a “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association. He also works with Remind101, Sophia, Classroom Champions and several other organizations and has recently authored two books! Children’s book, “Spruce & Lucy”

Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping your Classroom he is a co-author and  has a chapter in the book!!  His chapter is all about flipping an elementary classroom!

Todd also regularly blogs for his own blog as well as several well known entities.

March 9, 2014: Game Based Learning with Kevin Corbett

Join us on Sunday, March 9, 2014
8:00-9:00pm Central Time

A little about Kevin Corbett:


A self proclaimed  “technology geek” describes himself as a squirrel drawn to anything shiny and certainly drawn to new technology.

Since he had his first computer–the Atari 400 in 1979, he has been hooked, enjoying learning, using, playing, and exploring new technologies.  He taught science nearly 25 years ago but found himself an early adopter of technology and has had the opportunity to explore how technology could expand teaching and learning in the Mobile and Gamification arenas.

Mobile Learning (mlearning) & Gamification

Having fun and learning—whether you’re a 16 year old high school student or a 36 year old corporate trainee, is possible and the challenge I enjoy pursuing! New advances in technology–especially cell phones and smartphones have me excited about using portable devices for mobile learning (#mlearning) anywhere, anytime, any place, any space!

And, with my love of gaming, I continue to investigate game-based-design and gamification so that people of all ages can engage with their learning, cooperate & share with others through social media, learn and have fun!


Augmented Reality on March 2, 2014

#TxEduChat is looking forward to learning more about Augmented Reality with @2GuysShow on March 2, 2014.

Follow them at: https://twitter.com/2GuysShow

Brad Waid is a highly sought after speaker who engages his audience with his passion,Brad Waid humor, mind-blowing demonstrations all while sharing the power of technology and how it can transform the way we learn, teach and lead.  He is an industry leader in Educational Technology and in Augmented Reality.   Brad is an expert in applying technology into the educational field and is on the leading edge of emerging technologies.  He is one of the Co-Founders of AR Detroit, a monthly meet up where industry leaders and visionaries come together to talk about the application and future of Augmented Reality.  Brad is also the Co-Founder of Two Guys and Some iPads blog, an internationally viewed blog from over 120 countries and over 100,000 visitors in the first 4 months of it’s creation.   In addition, he is the Co-Host of the wildly popular  and number one rated “Two Guys Show” on the EdReach Network.  Brad’s knowledge of educational technology and his passion to inspire educational change, makes him a highly sought after speaker who makes an impact where ever he goes.

Follow him at: https://twitter.com/Techbradwaid

Drew is a rising star in the world of educational technology and motivational speaking. Drew MinockDrew is the Co-Founder of the educational blog Two Guys and Some iPads and augmented reality meet up AR Detroit. Minock has launched the popular educational podcast “The Two Guys Show” to inspire educators to reach new heights. Drew is currently serving on the Teacher Advisory Board for edtech startups Remind 101, and Three Ring. He is also currently serving as an educational advisor for Daqri, the world’s leading augmented reality developer who creates educational experiences that allows students to absorb and retain ideas like never before.

Follow him at: https://twitter.com/TechMinock

Kyle Pace hosts #TXEDUCHAT 2/23


TXEDUCHAT is pleased to announce that Sunday 2/23/14 at 8pm Central Kyle Pace will host our chat.

Kyle Pace champions the support of teaching and learning with meaningful technology integration using a multitude of educational technologies. Kyle has worked with K-12 teachers in his current school district to provide instructional technology professional development for the last 10 years with 4 years prior to that teaching elementary school.

Kyle has spoken at education conferences such as Learning Forward, ISTE, FETC, and Educon. Kyle also has presented virtually for the Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community, The Reform Symposium online conference, and Education Week.

In January 2009, Kyle co-authored a book titled Integrating Technology With Music Instruction. In April 2010, Kyle participated on a panel about Education And The Real-Time Web at the 140 Conference in New York City. Kyle has also organized all 4 annual EdcampKC unconferences since 2010.

In July 2011, Kyle was chosen to participate in the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle, Washington to become a Google Certified Teacher.  In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees in April 2013 in Washington, D.C. to receive special recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. In May 2013, Kyle was chosen to join ASCD’s 2013 Class of Emerging Leaders.

Kyle has a strong passion for sharing with teachers and administrators about the impact that educational technology can have on adult and student learning.

Find out more about Kyle by visiting his website and blog at http://www.kylepace.com. Connect with Kyle on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kylepace or Google+ at http://www.google.com/+kylepace


To Blog with Students? Or not?

On Sunday 2/16 from 8-9pm Central #txeduchat
will discuss Blogging with @bkuhl2you

Blogging has become a popular way to write for an audience – for teachers, students, and the rest of the world.

To Blog or not to Blog?

There are many different tools for blogging out there, and many different blogs about effective blogging. This chat will focus on the best ways to get your students blogging (and hopefully learning as they blog), and how you might join the conversation to model effective blogging yourself. Or how you might blog more effectively. Join us!

Ben Kuhlman has been teaching 7th grade literacy (reading and writing) and social studies at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling, IL for 7 years.

Before that, he taught college-level writing for several years as an adjunct and teaching assistant. He is an active member of the Illinois Writing Project and currently serves as tech liaison. Ben helped his school transition to Google Apps and 1-1 Chromebooks this year through staff training, and he has tried hard to model effective use of tech in his classroom. He has attempted blogs with his students many times and in many different ways, and sometimes those blogs were hugely successful. Sometimes they were not. Ben continues to experiment with blogs, and he would love to chat with all of you about what works for your students and for you.

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