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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.  

Back to School 2014

Back to School with @shannonmiller

on #txeduchat Sunday, August 24th

Shannon MillerShannon is a mom, wife, and the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world.

She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources. 

Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE’s Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak and consult in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others.

Shannon is a member of ALA, AASL, IASL, ILA, ISTE, SIGMS, ASCD, Children’s Literature Network and Board of Directors, Iowa Student Learning Institute.

Shannon serves on AASL Best Websites committee and STEM Task Force; advisory boards for Library Journal, Horn Book, and School Library Journal; School Library Monthly; Rosen Digital Library, StarWalk Kids board of advisors; EasyBib advisory board; BiblioNasium advisory board; eSchool Media advisory board; and Gale K12 Customer advisory board. She is a FableVision Learning and Scoot & Doodle Ambassador. Shannon is a Social Media WRADvocate for LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day and on the Educational Advisory Board for In This Together Media. She is part of the Bammy Awards Council of Peers. She has served as advocacy chair for IASL and Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council.

Shannon was chosen to be part of the SLJ New Leaders Program in 2012. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award. In 2013, she was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education. In 2014, Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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.

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