Tomorrow… Our Closing Ceremonies

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Who doesn’t love the Olympics!?! And I think it is appropriate that our “closing ceremonies” take place on the same day as the London 2012 Opening Ceremonies (and a little sad that we will be missing most of it).  Tomorrow we will be sharing, celebrating, and reflecting on our 6 weeks together.

 

For tomorrow: 

Don’t forget your potluck items

Bring your laptop and be prepared to share a project of your choice – and more

Be sure all your assignments are posted in our Assignment Trackers

Grades are due Tuesday – so there will not be the opportunity to revise your Personal Learning Portfolios. Please be sure you double check the rubric to be sure what you have turned in is fully complete and ready to be graded.

 

Can’t wait to publicly share all the amazing work you have done!  And to have a little fanfare. :)

 

 

 

 

WAIT….what is that?!

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Could it really be? Is that light? And the end of a tunnel?

We are all chugging along, and the end of our time together is almost here! Hard to believe, isn’t it?! What an amazing journey it’s been – we’ve learned so much and come so far…..together! We wanted to send out a quick update, just so you all know what the plans are (as of now) for the rest of the week.

As you know, we are fully into CEP 812 right now. This means that CEP 811 has officially been “closed out,” and grades for all of your assignments (as well as a final grade for CEP 811) will be available by tomorrow at the latest. Be sure to check your evaluation rubric for specific feedback (and grades).

For the remainder of this week you should be focusing on:

We have also begun to plan for our final face-to-face time together on Friday, July 27th! We are looking forward to seeing each of you in person (again), and sharing all that we’ve done since we last saw one another. During the morning, we will have time to share our work with one another (and the Year Two students), and celebrate all that we have achieved and learned! Think of it as sort of like a science fair. Each of you will have a “place” to set-up your laptop – and/or or anything else you’d like to bring or display. Please plan to present/share one of your capstone projects (Content Connections, Web-Based Inquiry Project, Wicked Problem Project and/or your Personal Learning Portfolio).

We will be working all together (both Year 1 and Year 2) in the morning – in Room 133D & 133E Erickson Hall. Here’s the tentative schedule for the day:

  • 9:00 – 10:00    Students Set-Up
  • 10:00 – 11:00  Student Share & Explore
  • 11:00 – 11:30  Final QuickFire Activity
  • 11:30 – 11:45  QuickFire Cross-Share
  • 11:45 – 12:45  Potluck Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:00    Final Discussion, FInal Participation Form and SIRS

Hope you are all hanging in there. It has been fun keeping in touch with all of you through Twitter and Facebook. We’re almost there…..keep chugging along, and before you know it, it will be July 28h! :-) If you have questions, feel free to reach out to any of us. As always, we are just a tweet, FB post, email or chat away! Take care, and see you soon!

Alison, Craig & Jodi

Introducing……eduClipper!

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This weekend I was excited to receive the following email, and thought I would share with all of you….looks to be a very exciting resource and wonderful educational tool!

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Today we’re excited to invite you to:

and claim your membership before the paint is even dry on our new site.

If you are already an eduTecher member, you’re good to go! Simply use your existing account information to gain access to the site. If you don’t have an eduTecher account, now is the perfect time to get one – simply head over to eduClipper.net and register! (Your eduClipper account will be good for eduTecher as well!)

If you prefer, you can sign in with your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.

We’re excited to welcome you to this new learning community where educators and students can clip anything and share everything.We’re working on making eduClipper a web tool that will not only make it fun and easy to find and share the best educational content from all over the web, but also are cooking up some great teacher and student specific features that will be rolling out throughout the year such as AutoCitations through EasyBib and Google EDU student sign-ons.  Plus… Well, don’t want to give it all away.  Just know it’s going to be awesome!

Some Quick Points:

  • You can install the ‘eduClip It’ button and add eduClipper QuickClip buttons (similar to the Facebook ‘Like’ or Google+ share buttons) to your website/blog by visiting bit.ly/eduButton
  • We’re in “Alpha Mode” – a work in progress.  While you may encounter some issues using the site, rest assured we are committed to making this site awesome for you and your students. Feel free to drop a line to support@eduClipper.net to report an issue.
  • With tons of teacher and student tools and features in the works, we want to hear from you. We are building eduClipper for the education space and are always interested in requests for features and feedback to make it as good as possible.

If you are going to be using eduClipper with your school and/or district next year, please feel free to reach out.  We would be happy to roll out new features to you and your students first in return for some feedback to help craft them as well as make them even better. You’ll also get some cool eduClipper SWAG.

Thanks,
Adam @eduClipper

Check out our video explaining what you can do with eduClipper and get started today!

Or watch our quick video tutorial here.

 

TGIF & a Few Quick Reminders

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YAY! It’s Friday, and we have just one more week to go. I know many of you might be feeling overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. BUT – I promise it will be over before you know it. And…..you will have earned 9 GRADUATE CREDITS! IN SIX WEEK! Take a few minutes this weekend to celebrate this accomplishment! :-)

Here are a few reminders/updates as we head into the weekend:

  • Please be sure to keep the Assignment Tracker up-to-date. This helps us know if/when you have completed an assignment (and it’s ready to be graded). If a cell is empty, we assume that it has not been completed.
  • We plan to have all of the CEP 811 assignments graded, and final grades (for CEP 811) to you by Wednesday, July 25th.
  • Please be sure that your “Three Words” video has been shared with my YouTube channel (by emailing it to: tujxx6y24cfw@m.youtube.com) and posted on Facebook. Also, please post it in my Three Words Spreadsheet so that I am sure to have everyone’s. I plan to put them together into one video this weekend!
  • As part of your CEP 812 Participation, we are asking that you post to the Pinterest Boards that have been created for this course. It’s a great way to share our work with others! Please keep checking our Pinterest Boards over the next few days as I continue to add more, and post your assignments to the appropriate boards.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to sign up to bring something to our Potluck Lunch on Friday, July 27th.

I will be online this weekend (here and there), so feel free to send me an email, tweet, FB chat or SkypeChat. Best of luck as you finish up your assignments. And, as always, reach out if you need help, suggestions or feedback.

Take care!

Jodi

 

What Does a Good Blog Include?

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Congratulations on creating your very own blog (which is also your Personal Learning Portfolio for this course). We have sure come a long way since that first day when you were each asked to craft your social presence! It has been really rewarding (and fun) to see how each of you have approached this task. Your individual personalities, passion and creativity definitely shine through!

As we approach the end of the course, we will be revisiting the Personal Learning Portfolio assignment and looking more in-depth at each of your blogs. You will want to be sure that your blog is in a “final” format prior to the end of the course, and that it includes all of the required elements. Check out the Personal Learning Portfolio (Part Two) Assignment for more specific information.

As you finalize and tweak your blog, we thought it would be helpful to share some tips about what a good blog includes:

  • Have a professional mindset. If you have serious goals with your blogging, you must be serious about your blog. Be sure to have a nice, clean design and a professional (yet still fun and engaging) tone. SPELL-CHECK! Keep your sidebars (menus) simple and uncluttered. Don’t include information and/or links that are not relevant to the average user.
  • Focus your content. Identify your target group and what you want them to achieve by interacting with your blog. Then focus all your content on them and that goal. Because you may not know who your audience is (at first), be sure to be clear and consistent in your tone and voice. Find that balance between conversational and professional.
  • Focus the front page and navigation. The content you focus on shouldn’t be hard to find for your first time visitors. Use static landing pages, sticky posts and link to landing pages from your navigation.
  • Personalize. Show your face, create videos, put yourself into your blog – your personality makes your blog stand out. It also helps your audience (readers) feel connected to you, and want to come back!
  • Use photos, and embed whenever possible. Use photos to help give your blog (and/or blog post) more visual appeal. If you have links, include an image and hyperlink the image (instead of just posting the link). Whenever possible, embed links (screenshots of websites, videos, link to photos).
  • Use tags and categories. As you continue to add more and more content to your blog, it will be important to “organize” it and use tags and categories to manage all of the content. This will also help users search the site for information. 
  • Get inspired. Subscribe to what interests you and read a lot. Figure out what they do that makes you excited about them and incorporate that into your own work.
  • Plug yourself. You must actively promote your work wherever you can. Reach out and connect to new people daily and turn them into blog visitors.
  • Never give up. Blogging is about performing consistently day in and day out and taking small steps over a longer period of time.

Lastly, I thought it would be helpful to share a few blog posts (written by educators) about their tips for successful blogs.

Blogging Tips for Teachers
10 Tips for Teachers Starting Blogs
Scholastic’s Top 20 Teacher Blogs

Best of luck – can’t wait to see your “final” products later this month!

Jodi

Let’s…..

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“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”

Can you believe it…..we have 10 days left! We have learned so much, created so many amazing “products” and connected as a powerful PLN. We have also all been working very hard to stay engaged, focused and on task. This last stretch may be hard….while the end is near, there is still much to be done. DON’T GIVE UP! If you feel discouraged or disconnected, reach out – we are all here to support one another!

As always…..if you have questions, or need more clarification (or information), please feel free to email, tweet or chat! We are in this together!

Jodi

And Just Like That……

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We have moved into the HOME RUN STRETCH! Here are a couple of updates for this Monday Morning:

  • First, CEP 810 has officially “closed,” and all assignments have been reviewed and graded. In addition, your final grade for CEP 810 has also been calculated and appears at the top of your evaluation rubric on the CEP 810 Page. Overall, everyone did an amazing job. Although I said this before, I’ll say it again – you have definitely raised the bar. Great Job!
  • We are currently in the process of reviewing the CEP 811 assignments. Because we want to provide in-depth and constructive feedback, this may take a little longer than you expect. Please be assured that the three of us are all working together to get you feedback in a timely manner! If you ever have questions about your feedback, or wonder if you are missing something, please remember we are just an email/tweet/FB Post away.
  • CEP 812 has officially opened today! Right now Session One is posted and ready for you, and the remaining sessions will be posted in the next day or so. Also, look for more information about the Wicked Problem Project in the next day or so. This is the final “capstone” project/assignment for the course.

Lastly, this morning a new QuickFire was posted so be sure to check it out. It’s entitled “Three Words for Education.” It’s an awesome activity, and was one of the highlights (for me) from last summer. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Please complete this QuickFire by Wednesday, July 18th to allow enough time for me to pull it all together before the end of the course.

For now, I’ll leave you with the following visual – perhaps to give you chuckle, a little inspiration or even spark some creative thinking. Have a great week!!

Jodi

 

AND……We’re Online!

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WOW – what a crazy couple of weeks it has been! Hard to believe that its been so long since we actually saw one another face-to-face! Has it really been more than a week? Seems longer to me! We are now fully engaged in the online portion of the course….and the momentum continues. Great job!

I thought it would be fun to share a quick PhotoShow of our “What’s Your Sentence” QuickFire from our last classroom day together. What an amazing group of educators and learners you are!

 

This week Alison, Craig and I have been busy getting the website updated with content for the online portion of our course. We are currently right in the middle of CEP 811! Hopefully you have found this transition to be easy – but if you are ever wondering (or stressed), please remember that we are all just an email, tweet or FB post away!

Lastly, I thought I would share the photos from our final F2F day celebration (and happy hour) – thanks Carrie for capturing the memories!

 

Thanks for such an amazing first two weeks – we can’t wait to continue on this journey with all of you!

So… What’s Next?

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CONGRATULATIONS…….you have all officially completed CEP810!  We have had an amazing 2 weeks, and hope that you have learned as much as we have. We are lucky to have such a great group to work with, and are excited to continue together as a learning community as we move our courses online.

So what’s next?

CEP 811: July 6- July 17ish

The first session for 811 will be posted on/before (and officially begin) July 8th.  We want you to have a few days to fully focus on your Web-Based Inquiry Project before new content is added (and of course have a chance to enjoy the holiday). If you finish your Web-Based Inquiry Plan before then, you can work on the Lesson Plan (Re) Creation assignment that is currently posted.  The UDL assignment will soon be posted within 811.

CEP 812: July 15-July 27ish

The first sessions for 812 will be posted on/before (and officially begin) July 15th.  Our time will culminate with our last day together face-to-face on July 27th.  On that day, you will be sharing your Wicked Problem Projects  (and Web-Based Inquiry Projects as well as your portfolio). The plan is 8:30-3:30 on that day including our potluck lunch. More information will be shared with you about the schedule for that day as we get closer.

How will we know what is going on?

We will continue to communicate via our blog, twitter, pinterest, email, facebook, etc. This course website will serve as our “hub,” but we will utilize all of the social networking tools as well.  Major updates will be communicated in multiple places, including your email addresses. We will be sure to help you along as we make the transition….and remember that we are only a tweet, email or post away!

What is a Session?   

Our CEP 811 and CEP 812 courses will be divided into “sessions.” Consider a session like a day of class – only you don’t have to complete it on a certain day. Instead it will be more self-directed learning. You will, however, have suggested timeframes and dates when tasks for certain assignments and sessions must be completed – especially if collaboration is required. All sessions for each course are to be completed by the final day of that course (811 on July 17th, 812 on July 27th)

What Else?

Make sure you are staying engaged on twitter, and keeping your blog updated.  Contact us with any concerns as soon as they come up….don’t wait or hesitate. If you have any issues with due dates, planned trips or events, we can be somewhat flexible on individual assignments IF we have a lot of notice.  Like during our face-to-face time, assignments should be linked to the Assignment Tracker when completed, and you will find grades and feedback in your Evaluation Rubrics document.  You will also be asked to once again reflect on your participation and engagement – it is a bit more difficult to stay engaged online, so be sure to commit to this effort.

Thanks for such an amazing first two weeks – can’t wait to continue on this journey with all of you!

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