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Invent To Learn

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @smartinez


Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom with host Sylvia Libow Martinez on #TXEduChat!

Sylvia Libow MArtinez

Sylvia works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. She is co-author of the book “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom” and speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning. For the past ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit with a mission of empowering young people to improve their schools and communities with modern technology. Previous to Generation YES, Sylvia was in charge of product development at several software publishers, designing and creating video games and educational software. Sylvia also had a career in aerospace engineering as a senior scientist on the GPS navigational satellite system research and development. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.

Contact Sylvia at: sylvia@inventtolearn.com

Professional Development: What Works Best For You?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @Tom_Kilgore

What type of professional development do you prefer? Which type of delivery format works best for your learning style? Do you prefer online learning on the couch at home or are you a hands-on conference workshop kind of person?

Answers to these types of questions can potentially lead us to a better understanding of which kinds of learning opportunities might hold the most value to us personally.

As life-long-learners and professionals, what role do we play in creating our own professional development and what role should we have? Many districts are allowing educators much more control of the direction they take in PD. Is this a good thing or, if given more control of their professional learning, will teachers choose topics or courses which ultimately do not assist them in best serving their students?

Join us for a conversation led by host Tom Kilgore as we discuss what professional development has meant for us this summer and the types of learning we have experienced. Please be ready to share with the #TXEDUCHAT PLN those sessions that have rocked your thinking, inspired you, or that still have your head spinning!

Creating a Student-Led Classroom

Paul Solarz Hosts #txeduchat

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Topic: Creating a Student-Led Classroom

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 Solarz

Paul Solarz

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.

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.

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