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Outstanding October #edu posts you may have missed

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Nicholas Provenzano
Time for reviewOctober was Connected Educator Month, and there were so many great pieces shared out there for educators to read and reflect. Take a look at some of these blog posts and share them with others.

The Colorful Principal - Ben Gilpil - It’s Not What You Say…

I think we have all been here before. We sometimes do not think about what is going on under the surface with the children in our classrooms when they act out. Ben does an amazing job sharing a great story of an interaction with a student by sharing a story with her about a time when he was younger. It is so important to relate to children and share with them our own experiences so they know they are not alone in their feelings. This is a great read for all educators.

The Principal of Change - George Couros - Snapchat and Education

Snapchat and education sound like a terrible idea, but George does a great job thinking out loud about the app and its potential educational uses. I wonder if too many apps are quickly dismissed because the students already use them and the assumption is that there would not be any educational value using this app in the classroom. I never would have thought about using Snapchat in the classroom, but this post has me thinking about the possibilities.

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom - Steven Anderson - Connecting Students to the World

Steven Anderson does a great job sharing the reasons why teachers and students should be connected. This is another great example. He shares a personal story about connecting with a pen pal when he was younger and what it meant to him. Today there are so many tools available that allow teachers and students to connect with others all over the world. This post is a great one to share with teachers who are open to the idea but are not sure exactly where to start. Pass this to them, and help them connect on their own.

A Space for Learning - Pamela Moran - #exponentialchange, #disruptiveinnovation, and …#CE14

Here is a great post that discusses the changing educational world where we all live and work. As the pencil gives way to mobile devices, how are we allowing students to create and express their ideas using tools that work best for them? Would we give students a chalk tablet and tell them to create? Is it the same when we tell them to take out pencil and paper? Pam does a great job exploring these ideas and posing questions for every educator to consider. I personally love that she calls the students a new generation of inventors. I wonder how many of us are nurturing the inventive spirit in our classroom.

Te@chThought - Terry Heick - The Next Time You Are Ready To Give Up On A Student

Some students will just drive us batty. No matter how hard we try, they make every effort to resist support and encouragement. There are just days where teachers are ready to give up on a student and use that energy on students who seem to care.

Terry shares a story about a principal whodid not give up on a student and the lasting impact it had. For me, I think there are many great stories like this out there, but most teachers never get to hear them. The next time that frustration builds, think about everyone else who might have already given up on this student and be the one that doesn’t.

Make sure to bookmark these blogs for later, because they are always producing thought-provoking pieces. Also, see who these bloggers read in their blog roll for my great articles to read and share. See you next month!

Nick ProvenzanoNicholas Provenzano is a high school English teacher and an education blogger. He writes on his website,,, the ISTE blog, to name a few. He has been featured on, The New York Times, Consumer Report, and many other media outlets. In 2013, he was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) based on his efforts to integrate technology into the classroom. Nicholas is also the Evernote Education Ambassador and does consulting work for many edtech businesses and school districts. He can be found tweeting plenty of nerdy ideas on Twitter at @TheNerdyTeacher.



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Friday, November 14, 2014 10:12 AM
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