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Kristen Swanson
Works at BrightBytes
Attended Widener University, Ed.D
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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It's MINE! (Navigating a World of Shared Ownership)
   by    katieb50   Growing up, my sister and I used to argue a lot. In almost every case, we were arguing about ownership and control. Who owned the toy.... Who got to go first... Who won... And the list goes on... In many ways, traditional mindsets only s...
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Digital Leadership Day: The Roadmap to Classroom Transformation
Hello Region 10 Leadership Teams! I cannot wait to spend the day learning, sharing, and planning with you. We'll be co-conspirators in the construction of a plan that encourages relevant, personalized learning across your district. As I collaborated with th...
Hello Region 10 Leadership Teams! I cannot wait to spend the day learning, sharing, and planning with you. We'll be co-conspirators in the construction of a plan that encourages relevant, personalized learning across your dis...
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How Space Shapes Learning- A Peek Into Kindergarten
"My point is don't control them, don't protect them too much, and they need to tumble sometimes. And that makes them learn how to live in this world." ~Architect Takaharu Tezuka Do the learning spaces we create impact the kinds of experiences that grow from...
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Productivity v. Distraction - The Dichotomy of Mobile Devices
   by    Yutaka Tsutano   You're sitting in a team meeting with your favorite colleagues. It's a good meeting, there's lots of chocolate, and you are genuinely excited about the work. However, amidst the collaboration and good vibes, you hear an infamous ch...
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Scaling Unhangouts: Our First In-District #Edcamp Online
Meg Roa , an amazing administrator from Volusia County Schools , attended Edcamp Online last October. From that moment, she imagined a world where she could provide anytime, anywhere learning to all of the staff at Volusia. And so it began. She embarked on ...
Meg Roa, an amazing administrator from Volusia County Schools, attended Edcamp Online last October. From that moment, she imagined a world where she could provide anytime, anywhere learning to all of the staff at Volusia. And...
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+Tony Sappington Sure thing, Tony. Just send me a note and we'll figure it out!
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Drawing the Line Between Success and Mastery #ASCD15
Every so often, I'm asked a critical question about one of my learning practices. Why do you keep volunteering so much time to Edcamp ? Why do you write a blog, even though there's no formal reward involved? Why do you travel on weekends to connect with oth...
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The Changing Definition of Success for ESAs: A New Whitepaper
In February 2015, I had the privilege of working with Susan Leddick and service agency leaders from across the nation. During our time together at the Research Institute at BrightBytes , we grappled with the changing definition of success for service agenci...
In February 2015, I had the privilege of working with Susan Leddick and service agency leaders from across the nation. During our time together at the Research Institute at BrightBytes, we grappled with the changing definitio...
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Questions, Not Answers
Were you raised on an "instant answer" curriculum? In your academic career, did having the right answer at the right time lead to success? Yup, me too. In years past, we've organized curriculum much like a stamp collection. We gather as many different uniqu...
Were you raised on an "instant answer" curriculum? In your academic career, did having the right answer at the right time lead to success? Yup, me too. In years past, we've organized curriculum much like a stamp collection...
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Learning Personalized - A Practical Path Forward
Personalized learning is a progressively, student-driven model in which students deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. ~Zmuda, Curtis, & Ullman This is the type of learning we strive for in our classroo...
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Create the Conditions...
Despite the fact that we’re not that good at it, we actually like to think.We are naturally curious, and we look for opportunities to engage in certain types of thought. But because thinking is so hard, the conditions have to be right for this curiosity to ...
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Oh yay! Check out the #autoawesome of the +Kristen Swanson making a balloon animal at #wemta15
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All Change Is Local
Sometimes the people you meet help you do amazing things. Last week, I had the opportunity to collaboratively create a professional learning experience for learners across the state of Pennsylvania. A part of the Research Institute at BrightBytes , the even...
Sometimes the people you meet help you do amazing things. Last week, I had the opportunity to collaboratively create a professional learning experience for learners across the state of Pennsylvania. A part of the Research...
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BrightBytes Senior Research Leader
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Designer, Thinker, Maker, Writer
Employment
  • 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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