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Kristen Swanson
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Attended Widener University, Ed.D
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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Best Practices for New Teacher Onboarding
It’s that time of year: The time when we welcome brand new teachers into our schools, districts, and learning organizations. As experienced educators, we know how challenging the first year can be. That’s why it’s critical to have a FANTASTIC program for ne...
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3 Things to STOP Doing Before School Starts
   by    bark   This post might seem a little counterintuitive. As the school year approaches, most people are making lists of the countless items that they MUST DO before students enter our doors. Honestly, I have those lists too.  However, I also want to ...
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Pro Tip: What to Do When Organic Learning Makes People Uncomfortable #Edcamp
   by    kjarrett   Edcamp leaders across the country often grapple with the tension between participant-driven behavior and a clearly organized day. Especially if it's your first time organizing an Edcamp, you likely recognize this delicate dance. We want ...
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Friendships & Peer Acceptance - 2 Different Sides of the Coin
   by    Guillaume Paumier   At my research organization , we have a growing new tradition: Master Classes. These classes allow people to share their expertise openly with everyone else. The process is relatively informal, conversational, and activity-based...
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Why Connections Matter: #Edcamp Idaho
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Edcamp Idaho . The organizing team was incredible, the room was filled with experienced and novice participants alike, and the sessions were really diverse . As I went through the day, learning and sharing, I reali...
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Putting People First- Human Centered Service Design
I love my work. (I'm pretty sure most of you already knew that!) There one facet of my work rises to the top as my favorite:  Human Centered Service Design Huh? Human centered service design is a term I use when creating valuable learning experiences that t...
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The Evolution of an Edcamper
The Evolution of an Edcamper Edcampers are amazing people. There are thousands of Edcampers across the globe taking back their professional development. Where are YOU on your journey? Phase 1 - Newbie/Egg You've never been to an Edcamp, but you're intereste...
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The Magic Ingredient for Professional Learning
Good professional learning matters. A lot. Exposure to effective, empowered adult learning experiences is a powerful prerequisite when it comes to the creation of positive, relevant learning designs for kids. However, changing the "look and feel" of profess...
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The Power of Human Capital - Our Most Valuable Resource
   by    vampa_   Human capital is the  most valuable resource in our schools. Need proof? We spend about 80% of our school budgets on salaries and benefits for our human capital. All things considered, that's a lot of money. And although we invest more mon...
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+Becky Ackermann - Great point!
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The Return of the Novice
   by    jakeandlindsay   Being a novice means that every step is laborious. You take every step intentionally. Each piece feels isolated and new. Alternatively, being an expert means that every step is fluid. You see patterns effortlessly. You recall old i...
   by  jakeandlindsay  Being a novice means that every step is laborious. You take every step intentionally. Each piece feels isolated and new. Alternatively, being an expert means that every step is fluid. You see patte...
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Three Great Summer Reads
I know that many of us are about to embark on a brief respite before school resumes again. For me, this is a time to explore new ideas and lots of great books! If you're looking for great summer reads, here are my top 3 recommendations to get you ready for ...
I know that many of us are about to embark on a brief respite before school resumes again. For me, this is a time to explore new ideas and lots of great books! If you're looking for great summer reads, here are my top 3 recom...
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Awesome! Agree, Andy!
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BrightBytes Senior Research Leader
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Designer, Thinker, Maker, Writer
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  • BrightBytes
    Senior Research Leader, 2013 - present
  • DeSales University
    Adjunct M.Ed. Professor, present
  • Authentic Education
    Toledo Learn and UbD Consultant, 2012 - 2013
  • Springfield Township School District
    Technology Director, 2010 - 2012
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit
    County-wide Trainer and Consultant, 2009 - 2010
  • Quakertown Community School District
    Teacher, 2005 - 2009
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San Francisco, CA
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Toledo, OH - Oreland, PA - Philadelphia, PA - Doylestown, PA - Sellersville, PA
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Learner, Leader, Teacher
Introduction
Teaching for transfer and information literacy is my personal mission. I work for BrightBytes to help people learn better using technology. I am also a founder of the Edcamp Movement, an adjunct professor for DeSales University, and a passionate learner.
Education
  • Widener University, Ed.D
    Educational Leadership, 2009 - 2011
  • Wilkes University, M.Ed.
    Instructional Technology, 2005 - 2007
  • DeSales University, B.A.
    Elementary and Special Education, 2002 - 2005
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