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Last week, I participated in a Middle States evaluation.  The school we visited had a strict technology policy, but they did not block Twitter.  One of the members of the team was extremely angry that the school did not block Twitter.  I shared with the team the educational benefits of Twitter and how it has assisted me with my research.  The discussion we had around the topic was interesting.  It seems that most people are afraid of social media.  It will definitely take some more time to convince people that social media can enhance our students' educational experience.
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Interesting! I would liked to have been a fly on the wall. 
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Hi everyone.  I know we all have very busy schedules, but can we shedule a hang out session?  How about this Monday at 8pm?  Let me know who is available.
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Hi Jocelyn,
I am in for 8pm tomorrow night.  Take care and talk soon.

Al
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Okay ACJAJ... don't forget to share some more ideas about your projects.  We have to provide each other with feedback again this week.  I think...
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I'm waiting for my teachers to sign up to Google Plus to start our school's Web Literacy Exchange. Next week I go into classrooms for implementation (If we can get videos and anything except Google).
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I'm beginning to use Twitter to do some research for my dissertation.  It's interesting, but not too many scholarly journals being shared.  Have you tried to utilize Twitter for your dissertation?  If so, how is it going?  Do you see Twitter as a tool that is useful for dissertation research?
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Thanks, Al.  I am going to begin doing searches on Twitter to see what is out there on the impacts of inclusion on non-disabled students.  Any suggestions of key words I might want to start with?
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I am lucky that my school district does not block Twitter from us.  Teachers and students use it often as a means of communication, checking for understanding, and research.  I have shared my new found knowledge about Twitter with my adminstrative team.  They are not totally on board yet, but I think it is because they see it as a social media site rather than a tool to use to enhance their skills and knowledge as an administrator.  My team meets every day to discuss student issues, district goals and intitiatives, etc.  I will continue to talk to them about ways to use Twitter to enhance our practice.
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My district blocks everything except its own website. I found very few tweets relating to East Orange - the city I work in. My research revealed that that Tweeting and Google tools are rarely used around here. Local cable company (Comcast) is selling cable at $25 monthly to qualified families,who still struggle to buy computers. Many kids without computers, internet or cell phones. 
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I asked a colleague how he uses Twitter to learn more about education.  Here is his response:

"Twitter has allowed me to develop a Professional Learning Network.  I follow about 500 people from a variety of backgrounds and read different ideas, blog posts and links that they share.  From there I can interact with them about their ideas and develop a more robust philosophy of education.  Twitter is the way I learn about strategies for incorporating the changing standards, different Web Tools, and pretty much everything else related to my profession.  I barely recognize the person I was before I discovered the benefit of Twitter.
 
You may want to start on Cybraryman.com's page for Twitter.  It will give you a great group of educators to start following.  You will want to simply lurk for awhile reading what they are writing and occasionally making your own comments.  Once people see that you are contributing worthwhile ideas, they will start to follow you back and converse with you.  It took me about a year before I had a decent enough following to really find the true value of Twitter.  You will see a bunch of other links for Twitter on this website so definitely check them out.  Cybraryman has over 20,000 links related to education!"
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Things are going well with my presentation.  I have thought a lot about what and how I will present.  How is everyone doing?  Does anyone need any ideas, have questions, etc. that we can discuss in our community?
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When is the best time to connect on Google hangout?  
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That would be a NO.
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I have been meeting with our resident Google expert teacher to discuss ways in which he utilizes technology in the classroom.  He had a lot of great ideas and has even shared with the adults ways in which Google has enhanced his life. This teacher shares calendars with students to remind them of due dates.  He has gone 90% paperless by putting all of his science labs on Google.  Students upload pictures that are related to the lesson and have fun sharing their new knowledge with classmates.  Students work on presentations together and the teacher can watch their work in real time.  For those who are afraid of sabotage, the teacher is able to view editing history.  Students upload pictures of their work and the teacher can draw on their pictures as he corrects the work and makes suggestions.  This teacher has really learned to incorporate technology into every aspect of his teaching.  I will share samples of student work with the group in April.  Very exciting stuff!
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Hi Jocelyn,
I hope you are well.  Yes, this is very interesting work your teacher is doing.  It reminds me of an article I read about a district in NC that has stopped the purchase of text books and printing supplies and has gone to 100% digital work and communication.  Yes, I am looking forward to seeing what your teacher continues to do with his work.  I will try and find the article and share it with you.  I believe this is the next generation of learning and learners where everything is done electronically.
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I have not had the courage to share any comments or initiate any discussions on Twitter yet.  How about you guys? If so, what did you Tweet?  Did anyone reply?
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My tweets were retweets and posts of articles.  I just sent some info on #ASCD13 about stopping by the SHU booth 912 while at the conference #goedleader #edleadership  
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I have searched on Twitter to determine which people and #s  I will follow.  I followed my colleague's advice and began following cybraryman.com's tweets.  He has many followers, so I began to explore those who follow him.  I happened upon some interesting people and hashtags to follow.  Here are some of the very good ones that I found:

@NMHS_Principal
@timbuckteeth
@kylepace

Have you found any good ones?  Please share!
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Thanks for the cybraryman lead.  I just started following him and some of his followers.  I'll checkout the others this weekend.  I just found someone who is blogging from ASCD and posting.  I also started following #ASCD to see if I could learn anything from those at the conference.  By the way a couple of my favorites are there this weekend including Van Jones, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Maya Angelou.  
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For my project, I am working with one of my science teachers who is very knowledgeable about technology and infusing it into the curriculum.  This teacher is developing an online class for our teachers to become proficient in Google tools.  He is creating activities for teachers and as they complete them, they receive a colored belt, just as one would in karate.  Once teachers have completed each level, they will become "Google Ninjas".  If teachers blog about ways that they incorporated the new strategies into their classroom, they will be entered into a lottery for prizes such as iPads, Kindles, gift cards, etc.  The prizes will be distributed at a special event where teachers and students will display ways that they use technology in the classroom.  This will be an event that students and teachers from around the district may attend.  In addition, my science teacher will share his ideas with one of Al's teachers, and Al's teacher will do the same.  What do you think about this idea?  Do you have any suggestions?
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Like the idea of sharing implementation ideas for Google tools but be careful to not focus the goal on the learning of tools but do your teachers know what a good use of say Google forms would look like?  What is a transformative use of the tool?  Here's a resource for you and Al http://edudemic.com/2012/10/google-forms-classroom/

You might also look at things like how to use docs to curate content.  Remember the focus of the project is on Web Literacy. You are well on your way.  Maybe you might make the Criteria visible for how you are choosing the exemplar application of the tools here. 
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