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DigiLit Sunday

It’s Sunday!  DigiLit Sunday is a Sunday post on literacy, an invitation by Margaret Simon, to share literacy strategies and tools for the classroom. This week’s list of bloggers: Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Question: My Twitter is overflowing – How do I manage it?

Where did my PLN go? Twitter is my go to place for resources and connections. As you gain followers and follow others, you Twitter feed will grow with wonders amazing: lessons, strategies, connections, questions, answers, resources, etc. And we want those literacy connections to be at the forefront…

Eventually, though, you’ll wonder where that original group of connections is in your Twitter stream. You’ll wonder where the key people’s tweets disappeared to. You’ll know you’re missing something on the topics of specific interest to you that those key people mostly tweet.

Yes, we’ve got #hashtags, but I there’s a conversation and stream of ideas from those connections that are near and dear to your heart– those whose ripples of information and conversation connect mostly with your [and their] situation?

How do you keep connected with those in addition to you regular stream?


First of all, here are resources:

Here are the experts’ advice:


Twitter Media


Mashable: How To

Second, a quick over view:

Create a list

When logged in to Twitter, go to the gear icon and click Lists.

go to list


A list page will open, and you can create a list. Give it a name [can’t start with number].

create list button

create list


Note you can make it public or private as needed.

Now find people to add to your list. Search names or usernames.

find people

click gear to addClick the gear icon and choose add or remove from list.

find and add to list

When in your twitter stream, just click a name.

click name

Their profile will pop up — click the gear and add.

gear in profile

Of course, you can delete lists as well.

Just click the icon in your profile. Choose your list by clicking the title.

choose list

click delete

Click delete.

Third, find and subscribe to lists.

Now that you know how to create, add to, and delete a list — there’s a great option to get started with a pre-made list. For example, I wanted a list of Language Arts Teachers, and wouldn’t you know it, Judy Artz has a list. How do I know?

When at Judy’s profile, click more –> Lists.

judy profile

See all her lists, and click the name of the one of interest.

judy language arts list

click subscribeClick subscribe.

unsubscribeNotice that the button changes to “unsubscribe from list” in case you need to.

Notice that you can see all the members — with a gear icon by their name so you can add them to the list directly from her list.

see followers and add to list thereNotice it shows who you already follow.  And you can see the list of subscribers as well with the same information — add to list; see who you’re following.

subscribed to members of

Finally, use your lists.

Now that you’ve got the lists relevant to your PLN and your interests, just click the name of the list to see the tweets from those members. You don’t even need to follow a person to add them to the list, but usually you do.

Go forth and add a few manageable canals to your Twitter stream.

Back at your lists, you will find the lists to which you have subscribed, and the lists to which you have been added as a member!

twitter list stream

What Twitter organizing strategies do you use to keep focused on literacy strategies?

#clmooc #teachdonow Social Media PLN

Social Media and Ed Tech: Reflection on Professional Learning


 1 What did your professional learning look like 6 years ago, and how has it changed?

 Six Years ago, I was still a lurker on Twitter, but was a Saturday participant in Classroom Live 2.0. Now I share and connect on Twitter, Google Plus,  and Nings.

Now I’m participating in and supporting MOOCs [etmooc and clmooc ] to connect, share, converse, and collaborate on learning issues.

My Twitter friend Denise Krebs and I planned a beginner’s presentation online through twitter and google docs to present at Connected Educator Month 2012.  We started a teacher Flickr group and we have met in person!

I’ve vlogged with colleagues through Ben Wilkoff’s Fellowship of the Open Spokes, something that is still scary to me.

Middle School teachers from clmooc  are creating spaces [google, MightyBell, blogs ] to collaborate as teachers and with our students.

I’ve joined the conversation online, and am trying to bring our staff online.  Yet, as Vicki Davis suggests, Title One schools are focused on drilling kids to learn, and in the process are enlarging the digital divide. Fortunately, we are moving forward in that area, to use the tools students will use in their futures, such as collaborative tools. Therefore, we are a Google Apps for Education school. Our new principal understands that tech tools provide access to learning for many kids.

2 What are the best resources you have found? How have they impacted your teaching and learning?

The number one game changer for reading and writing and feedback is Google Apps for Education. It is an ecosystem of tools that engages students in searching, creating, revising, and collaborating on topics. I’ve written about that ecosystem here. It’s a game-changer for my students and myself. As mentioned, I’ve planned many collaborations through Google Docs.

Edmodo and Kidblogs provide forums for sharing and conversation. Bitstrips and Voki classroom have helped students express the synthesis of their learning.  I’ve blogged about using the tools to read and write to learn Common Core State Standards as a guest blogger; the focus is not the tools, but the goal.

GooruLearning is a platform that allows teachers and students to research and collect resources through our Google Apps for Education. Search, research, and teamwork are all things we are beginning to do.

Of course, Twitter is my goto place for learning and sharing — I’ve found most of my tools, webinars, connections through the amazing people in my PLN and I cannot thank them enough! And, I’ve reciprocated with help to those asking.

3 What gaps or challenges do you feel exist between your current learning environment and your aspirational learning environment?

As mentioned, search, research, and teamwork are all things we are beginning to do in my classroom. I’ve taken and reviewed Dan Russell’s Google Search and shared that information at Rotary. We are learning these strategies in the classroom, adding more each year. My students know to cite sources and to use Creative Commons, but we need to dig deeper and be the explorers and collaborators for real issues of interest to students. That’s why I’ve started [late] to participate in the #teachdonow course as much as I can now that clmooc is winding down. As it says on my blog: “Students today enjoy the connectedness of social networking; it is part of their very being. My goal is to bring my instruction into that cloud to teach the content required in ways that inspire online responsibility and ethics in this new, very public world.”

4 What is your preferred learning style? How do you adapt your learning style to networked learning?

I prefer to learn by observing and then trying. I like encouraging feedback. Because I am a shy person outside of my classroom, the network has been so beneficial — just tweet and respond. I can do that.  Google Plus? Just post and search and comment; join communities. Discuss alternatives or differences. It’s much more involved and deeper than just studying from a book or sitting through a training. Google Apps for Education, Edmodo, and blogging have brought this positive learning environment to my students. Wowser!


5 Why do I connect with others? I want to help my students to connect to the global network as positive, problem-solving citizens.

Thanks to Michael Wesch  and Mindshift for explaining why this is important….

How about you? I want to do something. [ and did ] I want my students to know they can do something.

A Twitter Idea #clmooc #etmooc #edquery #ce13

questionmarkblue This month, I’ve asked a few questions on Twitter — used hashtags and asked PLN. I really needed more than a few responses, and I know the Twitter PLN is an awesome place for answers. I’m wondering if we need an Education Query hashtag: #edquery

An #edquery hashtag would work like #comments4kids. Twitter users tune in to the #comments4kids hashtag to discover student blogs on which to comment to encourage the practice of positive social learning and sharing. I created a #comments4kids widget for our class blog so students could comment on those blogs.

With an #edquery hashtag, educators could tune in each day to respond to a question or two or retweet the ones they also are interested in. The conversations of responses could be a wealth of ideas all could learn and use. It could be the one place / tag on Twitter to discover answers to specific questions or to get referrals for apps or tools that would solve a problem. It could refer people to bloggers that provide insights to their particular situations. It’s widget would provide constant fuel for suggestions and blogging.

Here are just two of my recent questions:

A colleague is just getting text savvy, and has one iPad in his classroom he’d like to connect and display with onto his SmartBoard. Thankfully I was referred to Splashtop, but I know there are other ideas and apps out there because technology is a tool, and the tool we choose is the one that fits that moment and need. And twitter users share what they know and use so the query responses are very helpful.

Today I’m wondering about vocabulary: what tech tools and apps can enhance vocabulary acquisition? I know about Spelling and Vocabulary via Spelling City, Engrade FlashCards,  and Quizlet. Again though, I’m looking for choices, because blended learning offers the options for differentiation — and developing a repertoire of resources from those using the tools would greatly help this query.

So, what do you think? Would  #edquery be a good addition to our education hashtag helpers?


#nablopomo #nablopomoed Best About PLN

#nablopomo #nablopomoed Day 14 The best thing about my PLN is…


The best thing about my personal learning network / neighborhood is the relationships. We follow each other on Twitter and in blogs, Google hangout on topics of interest, and join communities in Google Plus and Flickr. We know the interests and issues dear to us, and share, connect, and collaborate on those interests through our connections in these online areas. We celebrate our successes together and we move forward together from failure. We support each other in our projects, often collaborating to make them successful. And we nudge each other to new ideas or revisions. In the rush of our lives in our separate worlds we connect to learn and grow in spots.

What do I mean?  Check it out:

Fellowship of the Open Spokes Channel and Community

a group of educators sharing their world in topics that affect education founded by Ben Wilkoff

Edugood and TFotoFri (this one with Denise Krebs )Flickr Groups [ You may even meet them! ]

#midleved and #geniushour Twitter hashtags — by so many amazing eductors

Making Learning Connected #clmooc — with many of the amazing people of National Writing Project and Connected Learning

Check out the ideas in the vlogs, blogs, tweets, and comments on each of those links and you will read and view the connections among the participants — in and out, here and there, but definitely connections of relationship — of caring and supporting each other.

Then, join in. Because the best thing about your PLN will be the relationships you build.


Hang Out

In photo: Top  Denise Krebs , Kristine Full, Sheri Edwards, Theresa Allen, Tracy Watanabe

Connected Learners and Friends

Spot Image: Spots by Sheri Edwards at Tumblr

Liebster: Discover New Blogs



What an honor! Liebster (sweetheart / beloved — we love blogging) Blog Award! Thank you Laura Coughlin at Love::Teaching for sharing this fun award. I see this as an award that recognizes the uniqueness of “smaller” bloggers — those with less than 200 followers; it asks us to find these bloggers and reach out to them. Thank you, Laura! It’s an honor and a pleasure to join the quest.

Liebster Nomination Rules
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by the nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about you.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees to inform them of their nomination.

My Nominees

1. Tracy at wwwantanabe
2. Lorraine at Making Shift Happen
3. Laura at Shiny Happy Teachers
4. Susan at BloggerClass
5. Karen at karenatsharon
6. Jas at Learning, Teaching and my Technology Journey
7. Jenny at Thinking Outside the Blog


My Answers to Questions from Laura, my nominator:

1. Why do you blog?

I blog as a reflection on what I do in my classroom. I blog to share ideas with others, to ask others for input, and to thank those who have helped me.  I blog to be present in today, which can be referred to tomorrow. I blog to show my growth as a learner. And I blog as model for my students. It’s not easy to put oneself out into the world, but it is certainly enlightening to connect and learn with others; it broadens my perspective and guides me to be better each day.

2. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students?

The most important thing I can do as a teacher is to model learning through curiosity and wonder. It is that spark of curiosity that leads us to ask, “I wonder…” or “What else?” As I “reflect curiosity and wonder,” I model how to find answers, get stuck, find a way through, and celebrate a discovery, an idea, a skill. I show how I can change my thinking, and not be set with one right answer. I show my struggle with accepting that things could be different than I thought, and the struggle with finding the way through all the information and all the ways of knowing, and the struggle with all the practice to become good at something. And I celebrate the learning. We do these every day. Learning is living.  Without these, there is no learning.

3. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her colleagues?

The most important thing a teacher can do for colleagues is to listen. Listen to the ideas. Listen to the struggle. Listen to the celebration. By being there, listening, I acknowledge they matter, and that is the most important thing in today’s anti-education world. And by listening, I learn from them. I learn an idea, a struggle, an issue, a joy. If asked, I can offer another idea, view, strategy. But the most important thing is to be there, listening.

4. If you could change one physical thing about your classroom, what would it be?

If I could change one physical thing about my classroom, I’d add friendly light — get rid of the institutional lighting, and fill the room with natural light and lamps. I’ve got cushy chairs for reading and small groups, and books everywhere. I’ve got one lamp; I’ll add a few more.  Yard sales, here I come.

5. Describe one of your most memorable classroom experiences.

A most memorable classroom experience is that of committee work. Now I don’t remember the topic, but as a very shy person and child, I was terrified at being assigned committee leader. I was to organize and lead the work on our topic, gathering members together somewhere after school. I lived in a small, old farmhouse in the city at the edge of wealth; a somewhat troubling and intimidating feeling for a fifth grade kid. Fortunately, one member offered her home as meeting place, and off we went. I learned that one person could sense hesitation or issues in another. But to be the leader and organizer, worried about my “place,” was something I would remember. And I learned the courage to do what needed to be done so we would finish our task. I learned courage, acceptance, and to sense a possible fear or hesitation in others. No facts; just relationships and courage.

6. Does your classroom have a “color scheme”? If yes, what is it?

My color scheme is lemon sage. We were able to change colors during a painting year, and that color is so soft and friendly, matching the pages of old, familiar books bound in leather.

7. How many students/teachers do you have at your school?

Our small school is home to ten teachers and one hundred fifty plus students.

8. What is your favorite classroom use of technology?

My favorite classroom use of technology is Google Apps for Education. To be able to share, collaborate, provide feedback, create presentations and videos, to share with others around the world — that is powerful!

9. Who/what is your teaching inspiration?

John Dewey is my inspiration from the past, along with William Glasser,  Haim Ginott, Jeanette Veatch, James Moffett, Donald Graves, Donald Murray (Writing is hard fun), Lucy Caulkins, Peter Elbow, Richard Allington, Ralph Fletcher, Judith Langer, and Nancie Atwell.

Daily, my teaching inspiration is my Personal Learning Neighborhood (PLN), especially the #openspokes fellowship, #geniushour crew (Denise, Hugh, Joy, and Gallit), Scott Boylen, Tracy Watanabe, Theresa Allen, and Paula Naugle.

This summer I am delightfully inspired by the entire membership of the #clmooc and, again, #openspokes (please join this community of reflective vloggers started by the awesome reflective learner, Ben Wilkoff)!

I am always inspired by Alec and George Couros, Will Chamberlain, John Spencer, Scott McCloud, Paul Allison, and Will Richardson. And I must thank Steve Hargadon’s Classroom 2.0 and 20 Live and crew, Jim Burke’s English Companion Ning, Edutopia,  NaNoWriMo, and TeachersFirst.

And technologically, I am inspired by Apple (Technology should never get in the way of humanity), Google ( Focus on the use and all else will follow; Democracy on the web works.), and Mozilla (The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible).

But, mostly, I’m inspired by my husband, Scott, who is constantly reading and learning, and my family, who reflect back to me the wonder of the world.

All that I know comes from so many with me and before me! I think these and more!

10. What is 1 teaching goal you have for this school year?

One teaching goal I have for this school year is to survey my students frequently for feedback to know that I am providing them an engaging experience.

11. What is the biggest teaching mistake you ever made?

When I read this question, I immediately thought of an incident. It was my fourth year of teaching, the first time in middle school after three years of teaching first grade. Something happened. I heard the noise. I don’t remember what the noise or issue was, but I do remember this: I walked right over to a student and assumed he was the cause. He looked me right in the eye and took a step forward. This student had never “looked me in the eye” (it was not a cultural norm) before. I knew I was wrong. I stepped back, and so did he. I learned to take my time when something happens, and to trust that the students will do what is right. I remember we talked a bit and I apologized. Patience. Trust. Key elements, especially with adolescents.

 Random Facts About Me

  1. Our family includes 10 curious, intelligent, kind grandchildren.
  2. I joined Twitter in 2007 to monitor my granddaughter (age 12) who had joined Twitter.
  3. We have family stories about fairies, dragons, and bat caves.
  4. Spring is my favorite season, with its budding hope of renewal.
  5. I take photos of everything. iPhone’s let us “stop and smell the roses.”
  6. I would rather dance than walk.
  7. I’ve written two novels for NaNoWriMo 🙂
  8. My meditation is watching the sunlight dance upon the water.
  9. A Christmas tree with small colored lights is our calming evening light year ’round.
  10. I’m an Apple Mac geek who loves Google Apps.
  11. I have been honored to teach in the same marvelous school and community for twenty-seven years.
  12. (extra, because I asked my nominees to do it: Six Word Teaching Philosophy: Connect kindly and learn life together. Of course, I always say, “Go boldly; Scatter Seeds of Kindness.”

Questions for the bloggers I nominated:
1. Why do you blog?
2. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her students?
3. What’s the most important thing a teacher can do for his or her colleagues?
4. If you could change one physical thing about your classroom, what would it be?
5. Describe one of your most memorable classroom experiences.
6. What memorable experience do you hope your students have?
7. How many students/teachers do you have at your school?
8. What is your favorite classroom use of technology?
9. Who/what is your teaching inspiration?
10. What is 1 teaching goal you have for this school year?
11. In six words, what is your teaching philosophy?



An Adventure — Digital Story Collaboration #etmooc #ceetopen

An Adventure in 5 by GrammaSheri
How do you create an adventure story?

You invite your Professional / Personal Learning Neighborhood to join in on the fun!

Inspired by Digital StoryTelling #etmooc number seven (Choose Your Own Adventure), I adapted the idea and invited my friends, none of whom I’ve ever met!

Thanks to my PLN: @mrsdkrebs @gallit_z @MsLHall @lindapemik via one tweet to Denise Krebs, who passed it on to Gallit, who passed the story on to Ms Hall, who passed in on to Linda, we now have a story, and hopefully five stories in five steps.

Here’s the invitations and brief directions:  https://vimeo.com/59327792

an adventure invite from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo.


On our Adventure in 5 Google Presentation, the directions are:

On the first slide is a drawing, the beginning.

Please add to the tale in the next slide with your drawing You may copy my drawing and edit it, or create another new drawing.

When your tale has extended the story, invite another person to add to the next slide. Add your name to the title slide.

When we have 5 drawings, each of us will outline a different “adventure” in Mind42 from story slide 1 to story slide 5 (that’s three choices in the middle).I will invite you to collaborate — send me your email at grammasheri at gmail dot com


If possible, when we all have an adventure, each of us can “narrate” the story by rearranging the slides and screencasting our own story. I can do it for those without access to screencasting. Link to your story on the first slide.

For screencasting, the directions were:

Adapted from #etmooc
7: Plan a “Choose Your Own Adventure Story” (Collaborate)  Adaptation:
Draw an object Then ask a peer to draw a related object. Pass your peer’s drawing on to another peer and have them draw a related object. Keep doing this until you have 5 drawings (including your original object).
Create a story that links the original object with the last object drawn. What is the connection between the first object and the last object?
Write a brief story, then try to create multiple pathways that a user could go through the story. Use a mind-mapping tool


Screencasting tools:


Built in to QuickTime on a Mac — How to

I used SnagIt to screencast, then imported to iMovie to add the music loop included in iMovie.

The Slideshow

I wonder what you would do with this idea?



Building Neighborhoods #etmooc #midleved : an invitation


We’re building a new neighborhood. Want to visit for a while?

As I learn more about PLNs through #etmooc, especially from @bhwilkoff, I realize I have a responsibility to help find and support the sub-committees that have a common focus.  Ben Wilkoff calls these sub-committees “neighborhoods.” These neighborhoods support each other in efforts to transform education, to make changes for our students’ futures.

The people listed in the image at left are connections I’ve recently made through ETMOOC  blogging, Google Plus, and Twitter. The educators are passionate middle level educators — teaching students in grades 5-8 (10-14 years of age). From their tweets and blogs I am learning more about educational technology and student engagement.

As a middle level educator, I find we have needs that differ than other levels. So, I’d like to invite middle level educators to connect in order to support our efforts to develop curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies to infuse technology and student engagement through other strategies, such as project/problem/passion-based education or the #geniushour. I appreciate the inspiration received from my friend, Denise Krebs, a fellow middle level educator in our neighborhood.

What if we connect and reflect together via Google+, Twitter, and blogs? We can add common documents and resources to the Connect In The Middle wiki and share resources in this group Diigo. We can connect our blogs, and reflect/comment on our questions and solutions together. Perhaps we can design student projects that connect these middle school students in a safe environment as they apply their digital citizenship to complete these projects.

The possibilities are endless, and involvement would be only as needed for each of us. Some might visit for a while; others might connect more fully, and some visit occasionally.  After all, we would be building a neighborhood that we visit for different purposes.

The first questions I’m considering, based on the first week of ETMOOC are:

    • How important is connected learning? Why?
    • Is it possible for our classrooms to support this kind of learning? If so, how?
    • What skills and literacies are necessary for connected learning?
    • How do we develop these?

Please read my responses here: Connected In The Middle Post. Do you have ideas about these questions? What are your questions? How can we help each other?

Please consider joining the conversation / connections for middle level educators to act on the conversations in ETMOOC and beyond.

To build your middle level neighborhood, please follow these educators who have inspired me this week.

Laura Gilchrist ‏ @LauraGilchrist4

Bernice Homel ‏ @BHomel1

Gallit Zvi ‏ @gallit_z

Rhoni McFarlane ‏ @rhonimcfarlane

Scott Hazeu ‏ @scotthazeu

Laura Coughlin ‏ @CoughlinLaura

Ben Wilkoff @bhwilkoff

Joy Kirr ‏ @JoyKirr

Lorraine Boulos ‏ @RaineCB

If you would like to join the middle level neighborhood, please comment below, and join the Connect In The Middle wiki.

Thank you, @grammasheri and welcome to the Connect in the Middle Neighborhood !