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m-Learning with Kevin Corbett

Join us on Sunday, July 27, 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)

“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!”  — Kevin Corbett


The Bedley Brothers #txeduchat July 20th

On July 20th #TXEDUCHAT will be hosted by the Bedley Brothers.  If you aren’t following them yet on Twitter or a subscriber on their YouTube channel we strongly encourage you to add them to your PLN.

bedley brothersThe topic for Sunday, July 20th’s chat is Parent/Teacher Relationships.

A little about our hosts - Tim and Scott Bedley (a.k.a. The Bedley Brothers)

Tim comes from a family of educators. His father was selected National Educator of the Year. He has been a classroom teacher for over 25 years and currently teaches a 4/5 class in Lake Elsinore, California. He was recognized as the Lake Elsinore Unified School District 2012 Teacher of the Year and 2013 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. His YouTube channel has over 1900 subscribers and 2 million views. Tim is the co-founder of Edcamp Murrieta. He is co-creating the inaugural 2014 west coast constructavist confernce SCEWL.  Tim is a top selling music artist with his Rockin-The-Standards music that engages kids to learn complex issues in a simple way. Besides teaching, Tim has been a videographer and youth pastor. He and his brother Scott host a weekly education talk show called “The Bedley Brothers.” Tim is a speaker and published author.  You may learn more by visiting Tim’s website TimBedley.com

Scott comes from a family of educators including his father an internationally recognized author and speaker. He is in his 20th year teaching having taught 3,4,5,6 and 9-12 grades. He is the creator of Technology Applied Science Fair a student driven relevant competition focused on having k-12th grade students integrate their passion in the arts with computer science all while solving a real world problem. He was honored to recieve the 2013 OC Tech Aliance/Project Tomorrow’s Innovation Award: High Impact Teacher in STEM. He was named Irvine Unified School District 2013 Teacher of the Year, was recently recognized as 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year and is one of 11 California State TOY finalists. He is a curriculum author of a character building action based book used in over 7500 schools nation wide by Rachel’s Challenge. He co-created and co-host the Bedley Bros #EdChat Show which has grown to nearly 2000 You Tube channel subscribers in less than a year.  He and Tim bring in innovative educators and authors to share best practices such as Susan Cain, Adam Bellow, Dan Pink, Jon Bergmann and many others.  He loves just hanging with his wife and son and enjoys visiting his brother-in-law in Murphy, Texas.  His brother and dad are his heroes! @TASFair and tasfair.com.

ROLE on July 13th

Join Kirsten Wilson (@teachkiwi)

as she hosts #TXEduChat on 7/13/2014

Topic: ROLE – Results Only Learning Environment


Kirsten Wilson is an I.T. coach in Northwest I.S.D. in Justin, Texas. She has diverse experiences including gifted education, curriculum writing and campus administration. Kirsten is an avid facilitator of Genius Hour providing professional development and coaching support for the implementation of Genius Hour. Kirsten was recently published in the professional magazine TechEdge published by TCEA and was re-published online nationally by “Education World.” Additionally, Kirsten organizes and facilitates the technology integration Twitter chat #nisdNOV8 that occurs weekly on Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm, September to May.

Her interest in student driven learning, inspired by the philosophy of a third “drive” in Daniel Pink’s book Drive, led her to exploring the ROLE (Results Only Learning Environment) approach. She is facilitating an upcoming summer book chat over the book ROLE Reversal by Mark Barnes. (Information regarding the #summerROLE book chat: https://sites.google.com/a/nisdtx.org/role-reversal-book-study/) All participants are welcome.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Kirsten is a late-blooming runner that completed her first marathon in February and is participating in the #500in2014 challenge. She will celebrate 20 years of marriage to Eric, who also shares her alma mater and complete devotion to the University of Arkansas. When Kirsten isn’t running her own races, she is happily running her 11 year old daughter, Emmarie and 9 year old son, Kristopher to their activities and events. Kirsten shares her passion for learning and technology with her children, and uses the household “kid” test to “try” ideas before bringing them to the campuses she supports.


Professional: http://teachkiwi.wordpress.com/

Personal: http://thewilsonrazorbackranch.wordpress.com/




Dean Shareski hosts 7/6


Sunday, July 6th, 2014

8-9pm Central

Dean Shareski hosts #txeduchat

The one, the only, @shareski joins #txeduchat as the host of July 6th’s chat on: what does life long learning look like to you and your students?

Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  In addition he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina in Canada. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains helping teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning.  Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.

His blog: http://ideasandthoughts.org

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shareski

His AMAZING presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/shareski/presentations




TxEduChat TweetUp LIVE at ISTE

Come one, come all on Sunday night in Atlanta, Georgia

for our first ever #TXEDUCHAT TweetUp


Join us at the Homewood Suites in downtown Atlanta for the #txeduchat TweetUp!

9pm Eastern/8pm Central… and so on.

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June 22 The Connected School

The role of Learning and Leading in the connected school

with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on #txeduchat


Sunday, June 22nd 8-9pm Central:

You won’t want to miss this chat with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach!

During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of  Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Israel, Norway, and China to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.


June 15th Reinventing Writing

Join Vicki Davis a.k.a. the @coolcatteacher to discuss

Reinventing Writing on #txeduchat 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 8-9pm Central

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 3.05.21 PMShe is the author of the BRAND NEW book Reinventing Writing (Eye on Education) and coauthor of the global collaboration handbook  Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds (Pearson). 

Her goal is to share a journey with other teachers to inspire and inform as we all work to become better at our craft.

The purpose of her blog is to inspire, encourage, and inform the teachers, parents, and professionals working to educate this wonderful generation of students. Vicki is a full time teacher and mother of three living in Camilla, Georgia.

Summer Literacy

@utalaniz on #txeduchat

Sunday June 8th

Summer Literacy for Students: Let’s keep them engaged!

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Cynthia Alaniz is a passionate and dynamic elementary school librarian for the Coppell Independent School District. Join her as she hosts #txeduchat to discuss how students can best stay engaged in reading and writing over the summer break!

Cynthia is a Connected Texas Educator and frequently works directly with authors in order to bring their books to a larger group of students. She often assists her students in connecting and questioning the people writing the books they love to read and guides them on the path to becoming lifelong readers. Cynthia is herself such a consumer of books, as well as being a tireless literacy and library advocate, member of the #nerdybookclub, and a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant.

Let’s keep kids reading and writing this summer!

Creativity in the Classroom

Sunday, June 1

The #txeduchat host is Jo-Ann Fox


Join us for another great #txeduchat when Jo-Ann Fox hosts and we explore creativity in the classroom.

Jo-Ann Fox is an elementary teacher. Since integrating technology into her primary classroom, it has changed the face of her teaching style in more ways than she could list. She has motivated her students to harness their learning and promote innovation. Her students are actively engaged, easily making connections to their learning, collaborating with their classmates, and internalizing their learning through the use of technology.

You may know Jo-Ann as @appeducationfox on Twitter or by her blog which provides resources to classroom teachers who are interested in taking their teacher to the next level with technology.  http://www.appeducation.com/



Kyle Pace hosts #txeduchat 5/25


Kyle Pace will host #txeduchat
on Sunday 5/25/14 at 8pm Central

Kyle was the keynote speaker last week at #txgoo.  This is what one blogger said about his keynote: “The opening keynote by Kyle Pace was funny, engaging, and inspirational. Kyle says we are all geniuses, and we need to infectiously share our genius with the world! No one should hide their genius in the closet–including students! He even mentioned getting his “Texan card,” and taking his first trip to Buc-ee’s! Gotta love Texas!”  see the entire post at: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/archives/05-2014

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


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