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Is Homework Necessary?

Is homework a necessity or is it a byproduct of a bygone era?

 Join @alicekeeler 11/2 at 8pm Central

Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler

Alice is a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. She is a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers try something new. More than idea sharing, Alice works with teachers to make vision into reality. She will not settle for the status quo, instead taking the position that there is always a better way something can be done and that technology can help make this happen. She is passionate about students learning, understanding, and being able to apply their learning.

Alice is also interested in applying gaming principals to education in order to increase motivation and meet each student “where they are at.” She believes that by customizing their learning experience, educators will be better able to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.

The Connected Educator

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

8-9pm Central with hosts @snbeach and @tom_kilgore

About 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.


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.


Get Connected! #CE14

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @mattBgomez

Getting Connected as Educators!




October is Connected Educator Month (#CE14) and who better to host on getting connected than @mattBgomez? Join #TXEDUCHAT for a discussion in the spirit of #CE14!

Matt is currently a Kindergarten teacher near Dallas and has been teaching since 2001 (all in Kindergarten.) He says that he has “found it to be the perfect place for me to work and play!” Matt enjoys making others laugh, pushing the boundaries, and letting his passion for learning lead him in the classroom.  He asks his kids to take risks every day and feels it is only right that he is willing to take risks as an educator as well.  He is also proud to be the co-founder and an organizer for EdcampDallas as well as a moderator for the twitter chat #Kinderchat.  Matt has been married since 1999 and he and his wife have three wonderful boys.

Follow what Matt is currently doing on his blog mattBgomez.com and on Twitter  @mattBgomez

Kids Building Digital Legacies!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @KevinHoneycutt

Helping Kids Build Digital Legacies and a Bright Future!


Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

For the past four years he has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks  (http://artsnacks.org) where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is his Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments. He was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time helping schools that use Apple’s powerful tools get the most out of them for students and teachers.

He is currently serving his ninth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning and in his podcast Driving Questions in Education. He is a school board member in the town of Inman Kansas and is currently serving in his second term. He feels that one of his most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move  schools in right, new directions. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. He created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level. He co-developed a PBL approach called the Life Practice Model with colleague Ginger Lewman and they provide training and certification in this powerful, student driven approach to learning.

Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work. His recent book Don’t Stay Under The Couch Starbuck and The Bully is the centerpiece of his Pre-K-6 curriculum. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the “lost” learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education.

Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humor and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!  Find out more at KevinHoneycutt.org

The BEST PD ever!

Was the last professional development session Kristen_BWyou attended a snoozer?

Adult learners are seekers; they need mastery, autonomy, and purpose. The way that you organize the learning for teachers in your school or district can make a sizable impact on student achievement. As we learn together, we’ll analyze what motivates adults, explore cutting edge models for professional development, and generate specific next steps for your situation.

Dr. Kristen Swanson is a founder of the Edcamp movement and the Senior Director of the Research Institute at BrightBytes. She is a former third grade teacher, intervention specialist, and director of technology. She loves organic learning and you can find her on her blog at www.kristenswanson.org

The Power of Words

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @Tom_Kilgore

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What type of language do you use in the classroom? Should it foster an environment where learners are driving the conversation or be teacher centered? Does what we say and how we say it have a lasting impact on our learners? How will your students remember you?

Join us for a conversation led by host @Tom_Kilgore as we seek answers to these questions and discuss words and their power in our classrooms and schools.

Learning Spaces!

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @KleinErin

Creating Comfortable & Creative Learning Spaces!


Erin Klein @KleinErin

Erin Klein

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York.  Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world.  She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact  classroom design has on today’s learner.

She is certified in Brain Gym, Educational Kinesiology, and has studied under consultants from The Center for Effective Learning to understand how design affects cognition and learning.  Klein serves as a classroom design consultant and creative partner for the publishing company, Carson-Dellosa.  Some of her articles and interviews on design for education and technology tools for the classroom can be found on Smartblogs for Education, MindShift, Scholastic, Edudemic, Edutopia, EdSurge, and EdReach.  

Klein served for the past three years as the state’s technology chairperson for the Michigan Reading Association and is the 2014 recipient of the MACUL Pre-K – 12 Teacher of the Year for Michigan.  In 2013, Klein was also awarded her district’s Teacher of the Year award.  She currently serves on the advisory board for Remind101 in San Francisco and is an organizer for the EdCamp Detroit Annual Educational unConference.  Among Klein’s accomplishments, she was also recognized as a SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2012 Social Media Influencer,  and a member of The National Writing Project.  This past summer, Klein was accepted into The Teacher’s College at Columbia University to advance her studies in reading and writing workshop.  

For the past two years, Klein has been invited to Washington D.C. to represent the BAM 100 Influential Voice in Education.

She has her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, currently teaches at Cranbrook Schools, and lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI with her husband and two children ages 5 and 9.  

Her work can be found on her award-winning educational blog, Kleinspiration.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @KleinErin.

Interactive Notebooks

Sunday, September 14, 2014 8pm Central

@craigyen hosts #txeduchat


Craig is a 5th grade teacher in Northern California. Edmodo support ambassador and working on becoming an edmodo certified trainer.


Engaging All Families!

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

8-9pm Central with host @8amber8


Engaging Families with Host Amber Teamann!

Amber Teamann

Amber Teamann

Amber Teamann is an Assistant Principal at a K-4 elementary school in Texas and states that she is “proud to work in a district that believes in the power of relationships and puts what is really important at the forefront of education.”

Throughout Amber’s 12 years in education she has held many roles. She has served as a Title I Technology Facilitator with responsibility for 17 campuses where she assisted staff and students in navigating their digital abilities and responsibilities. Prior to that role Amber taught 4th grade and loved every single minute!

Amber’s credo is that there should be no separation between technology and subject matter and that all subjects can be made more engaging to students if we are able to deliver in a manner in which they want to learn. Whether that includes a website, a device, or presentation style, Amber believes that we should ALL want to be the best we can be for our students, and  models that for the staff she works with.

From being a part of district initiatives to sharing innovative ways to connect with stake holders, Amber is always striving to make education more meaningful for the campuses she serves. Helping launch Twitter within her district has led to open dialogue about the power of social media and opportunities to tell stories about education in the way they should be shared.

Amber has been on the EdCampDallas planning team since its inception and has also been involved in creating digital fluency classes for a Regional Service Center. In 2013, she partnered with George Couros to develop and curate leadership with the “School Admin Virtual Mentoring Project”, which connected over 400 educators worldwide in a space that nurtured and cultivated leadership.

Speaking at numerous conferences throughout her career, both locally and nationally, including ASCD and Learning Forward, has provided her the opportunity to share the digital literacy message she feels so strongly about for all learners. In addition to blogging for Connected Principals, Amber is a firm believer in modeling a digital footprint. Her educational philosophy and digital portfolio can be found at  www.TechnicallyTeamann.com or on twitter at @8amber8.


Do we need Badges?

Join #txeduchat and meet @catspyjamasnz

Sunday, August 31st at 8pm Central

Or Monday, September 1st 11:00am Melbourne, Australia time

Joyce Seitzinger is well-known educational technologist and the joycefounder of both the Open Badges Australia and New Zealand or OBANZ community and a company called Academic Tribe.  She has presented her work in keynotes, workshops, seminars and lectures to audiences in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Spain, the Netherlands and Oman, and at a distance to Croatia, Canada and Switzerland.

Her special interests are social content curation, learning design, networked learning and digital micro-credentialing (badges).  She is best known in the education technology community for developing the Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers.

Joyce has lived in Germany, Ireland, Egypt, New Zealand, and now resides in Melbourne, Australia.  

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