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Awesome Josh! Incredible song. 
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Students are loving +getkahoot​ today! 
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I will be sharing this with my 8th grade students this year. This way of schooling is so foreign to my students & parents. I know you will have an impact in creating this culture within my classroom.
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Excellent! Sharing with my staff soon. It is encouraging to me to know there are others out there preaching this mindset and exercising it regularly :) 
Exactly what is a Growth Mindset? Carol Dweck shares that "in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. T...
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Hi guys, 
I've been following this thread since I received Jeff's original email.  I started connecting on Twitter about 14 months ago and since then have grown tremendously!  I have said before that I must live in the most UN-connected part of the US.  There is absolutely NO emphasis here in WV on getting educators connected and part of the amazing conversations going on through media like Twitter and Google+.  I've met only 2 administrators, a principal and assistant principal, nearby who just started on Twitter a few months ago.  I'm not aware of any others in the entire state.  1 of those administrators seems to have gone cold lately, though I'm sure there job keeps them very busy.  There is no one else in leadership positions engaging in these conversations regularly.  Needless to say, the efforts here in WV are completely grassroots.  Since starting the weekly #wvedchat, we have seen a few more educators join in, but I'm not sure they are seeing the potential of embedding a PLN into their professional lives.  Our last chat topic was expanding your PLN beyond #wvedchat and I wrote the questions with the purpose of exposing our participants to what is going on beyond our little chat.  Most of our participants use Twitter on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 and that's it.  I know that's a start, but I get frustrated that my efforts are yielding only small results at this time.  It's as if other local educators look at me and just say "well that's a hobby for him, it's not really a hobby for me."  
Any advice or support that other state chats can provide would be appreciated.  If any other state would like to combine chat dates sometime, I think that would be great.  If I can get our small group to participate, I'd love to expose them to other perspectives.  
The teacher next door to my classroom is working on a digital citizenship website for a graduate course she is taking.  She asked me to look over her site today and offer some advice.  I sent her to Jerry's (@cybraryman) Digital Citizenship page and she was amazed that I had so many resources available at my fingertips.  I can't even express to the masses of un-connected educators in my area what it's like to essentially be in touch with experts in almost any field of education and have the largest collection of resources available to me at my fingertips, just by connecting to others through Twitter and other communities.  We are very "in the dark" here in WV and I'd love to change that.  Sorry, but I needed to get that off my chest tonight!  Thanks guys!  I look forward to seeing where this goes!  Thank you Jeff and Joe! 
PS: I've been so focused on Twitter and other opportunities like WV's first ever Edcamp happening this Saturday http://edcampparkersburg.edublogs.org/ that I haven't been able to tackle Google+ yet, so I'm definitely here! 

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GOOGLE made this video from several shots of #hourofcode today with my students. 
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I'm seeking some input (again) on actions to take to grow the state of WV's Twitter community for educators.  We have a statewide chat #wvedchat  but it's very small.  We rarely have over 8-9 educators chatting.  I'll be the first to admit, WV is very far behind when it comes to promoting and encouraging collaboration with other educators via social media.  That may be part of the reason.  I've started the chat and kept it on life support now for almost a year.  I created a website to host the archives, schedule, etc.  I've personally invited many people, though my schedule is often too busy to keep this up every week and I've got zero help.  I tried to set up a Remind option to allow educators to receive a text reminder about the chat.  Only 3 people signed up for it despite my advertising for about 2 months.  I've reached out to WV educators and WV organizations higher than myself but I can't recall every getting a response from them.  
Any ideas that have worked elsewhere to help grow more statewide support? 
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Sure Tammy, we can do that soon. I've tried to join others & sometimes topic too tricky for my novice chatters. In fact out of 5 regular participants only 2-3 of us actually participate in other edchats. Others are learning exclusively from #wvedchat (so very limited). 
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Awesome! ... West Virginia, mountain Momma, take me home...
 
An Autumn Evening At Lindy Point

I'm taking a quick break from my Glacier National Park saga to grab a couple more shots from my trip to Virginia and West Virginia last October as Autumn came and went last year before I had a chance to finish working on them.   This shot was taken after I had already been there for several days without a glimpse of the sun and without a decent sunset.  The day was turning out to be a dud in Black Water Falls, WV, when I contacted my friend Mike Besant and he suggested hiking out to Lindy Point. I arrived just as the sun broke through the clouds and a small army of photographers went nuts for the next several minutes.  After the sun set, some of us lingered and were able to grab a bit more color in the sky.   The view from Lindy Point is always spectacular, but on this particular night, after days of clouds and little autumn color, I was particularly grateful and stayed out shooting until I was one of the last to leave.
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Any States using Microsoft365? I've been trying to push some Google Apps here and was just told that WV is rolling out Microsoft365 next year because "it's got more features and benefits than Google". I'm frustrated, but genuinely want to know if it's used by anyone else. 
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Our IT department is really enthusiastic about the Office 365 potential...but the feedback from actual classroom teachers seems limited!
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