Thank You and Happy Holidays!

We would like to sincerely thank all those that supported #TXEDUCHAT in the recent EduBlog Awards for 2014! Congratulations to the winners in every category, it was an honor to be nominated and end as a finalist alongside so many incredible educators and organizations.

It is our honor and privilege to serve the educators within the #TXEDUCHAT community and we are looking forward to an exciting new year for our PLN. We wish everyone an incredible end to 2014 and a bright start to a new year of learning in 2015.

All the best to you and your families, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!

-Tom and Whitney Kilgore

Maker Movement

December 14, 2014 at 8pm Central

Join @JackieGerstein on #txeduchat

for the Maker Movement



Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s byline is, “I don’t do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing . . . and technology has amplified my passion for doing so.”  Currently she teaches master’s-level online courses in educational technology for Boise State, American Intercontinental, and Western’s Governors’ Universities. She believes that one of the roles and responsibilities of the 21st century education is to share resources, ideas, and instructional strategies with other educators.  As such she blogs at http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @jackiegerstein

If you enjoy this topic then the Massive Open Online Course “Tinker Make & Learn” on Canvas.net may be right for you.  You can enroll here:


If you make, you are a part of the Maker Movement. But how can you use the ideas from the Maker Movement in your teaching and learning? How can you use maker projects to teach in an authentic way? Should you? Tinker, Make & Learn will help you to develop some ideas. Another part of the Tinker, Make & Learn course purpose is to help spread the best practices, lessons learned and research from maker programs around the world. Collaboration with other participants is part of this experience and will help you gain some insight into how to creatively infuse your teaching and learning with the Maker Mindset. The Maker Movement believes that people can make extraordinary things. We hope this course will inspire you to do just that.

Topics covered include:

  • The value of the Maker Movement
  • Maker Focus Activities, sharing ideas and hacks
  • The intersection of Making & Learning
  • Making your Makerspace
  • Makerspaces, Fablabs, Pop-Ups, Maker Shops
  • Creating your Maker Plan
  • The Tinker, Make and Learn MOOC is free for teachers, librarians, higher education faculty, and other educators interested in finding out more about making and learning.

Digital Literacy with @courosa

Sunday, December 7th

Join Alec Couros as he hosts #TXEDUCHAT


Twitter: @courosa

Critics of technology in schools and society speak of a narcissistic, disconnected, disengaged generation lacking social abilities and addicted to the latest fads and gadgets. While new technologies are often deterministic in nature, negatively influencing our behaviours andrelationships, great numbers of youth are accessing and creating powerful learning networks and becoming passionate, self-determined learners. Opportunities for informal and non-schoollearning are on the rise while we are seeing the idea of school as we know it become more irrelevant. So what do we need to know about our new knowledge landscape? What key ideas about learning and technology do we need to embrace? And, most importantly, how can transform schools into participatory cultures that truly embrace personal and social learning?

Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. He has been an educator for more than twenty years and before working at the University, gained significant experience as a teacher in the K-12 sector (middle years & high school), in the adult education/technical sector (computer information systems program administrator) and in youth corrections (as a teacher/therapist). Alec also has over a decade of experience working with Indigenous Education programs, and has recently completed a significant, Government-funded project connecting digital storytelling (through iPads) with First Nations and settler knowledge around Treaty Education.

Alec is probably best known for his pioneering work in Connected Learning. His 2006 PhD dissertation is widely read, and has been cited thousands of time. Most significantly, his Networked Teacher Diagram has been used in countless numbers of professional development workshops around the world, and the work that it inspired has helped to spur the development of theories related to Personal Learning Networks/Environments. As a result of his influence in the field, Alec has facilitated hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the world on topics such as social media in education, digital identity, digital citizenship, networked activism, critical media literacy, open education, blended/online learning, and digital ethics.

Academic qualifications and experience aside, Alec is a husband and father of four young children. His work is deeply connected to the future of his children, especially in understanding the role of technology in learning, and in understanding what it means to be a digital citizen. In addition, there is a strong commitment to social justice that runs throughout his work.

To find out more about Alec, give him a follow on Twitter, check out his blog, or email him at couros@gmail.com.

BEYOND Connected: Two State Chat #txiachat

Sunday, November 30, 2014

8pm Central

Hosts: Jimmy Casas from #iaedchat and Tom Kilgore of #txeduchat

Join as two chats become one on Sunday, November 30th.  Jimmy and Tom talk about what we do now that we are connected educators.  How do we give back to the PLN and share our experiences?  Do you share your lessons, expertise, reflections on teaching, and new ideas?  This chat will explore ways that connected educators are taking their sharing to new heights.

The hashtag for the chat will be #txiachat.  Feel free to include either #txeduchat or #iaedchat along with the #txiachat so that others can follow along.

The Best of …

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

8-9pm Central with hosts  @jdeinhammer & @tom_kilgore

About Jodie Deinhammer:



Jodie is a veteran educator in her 17th year of teaching Anatomy and Physiology at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. She is passionate about learning and truly believes in creating positive change in our educational system. Jodie loves technology and encourages and advocates for teachers to allow for student voice and choice in their classrooms.

Jodie runs her anatomy course through iTunes U and her global class currently has over 134,000 subscribers from all over the world. She is the Texas Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2015.

About Tom Kilgore:



After a 20+ career post-military as a senior systems engineer, Tom Kilgore became a passionate 4th grade classroom teacher in North Texas and frequently describes his work as “the best job on the planet!” He previously taught 5th grade and strongly believes in a student-focused approach to education.

Tom implements a robust mixture of Maker Ed, STEM/STEAM emphasis, and genius hour initiatives into his curriculum. As the founder of the #TXEDUCHAT educational Twitter chat, he believes that educators should collaborate and share with one another to best serve all students. He is a former school board trustee vice president, scuba instructor, United States Marine, and has presented at conferences such as ISTE 2014 as well as being a keynote speaker at Lewisville ISD’s 2014 EdCamp.

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