Digital Doors was created as a place for me to blog and share resources that I think would be helpful for teachers integrating technology in meaningful ways in their classroom. My goal would be to write a blog post a week, but with my busy schedule, that doesn't happen. I write when I can and rely on nifty tools to help me share what I am finding when I don't have time to write.

Friday, September 12, 2014

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09-12-14 My One Word: SHARE

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Several of my friends in my PLN (Professional Learning Network) have challenged me to identify one focus word for the year.  My word is SHARE.  For those of you who know me, you will not be surprised by my choice.  The message of the power of sharing is something I SHARE often.  Here are a few of the ways I see that playing out in my position as a Digital Literacy Specialist this year.

I realize that we all have different workflows and avenues for getting information and learning new things.  So one of my goals is to do my best to SHARE where my teachers are.

Online this means, sharing on my blog, on Facebook, in e-mail, on my website, in webinars, on Pinterest in Google Docs and wherever else I find our teachers accessing information.

I also want to take every opportunity I can to be in schools, in classrooms, in PLCs and other conversations.

That is how I plan to share, but another part of this goal word for me is to encourage our teachers to participate in the power of sharing.  We have amazing teachers doing amazing things in their classrooms, trying and learning new things and even sometimes making mistakes that are very much worth sharing so that the rest of us don't end up taking that same path.  I do not believe that our teachers are stingy and don't want to share.  But I do believe that many lack the confidence to share or the belief that they have something worth sharing with others.  One of my goals this year is to be a cheerleader for these teachers to help them see that they have great things to share and that sharing can be a powerful force in improving learning.

I mentioned my PLN earlier.  I have cultivated this amazing PLN from educators from around the world who freely share and collaborate with others in a variety of ways in variety of places around the web.  I always know that I can go to my PLN to ask questions, get ideas and learn new things.  I have to admit though, that I feel like I am much more a consumer of this amazing knowledge and content than a producer.  This year I also want to make a concerted effort to share my ideas and the resources I create with others.

So here goes to a great year of sharing, learning from sharers, encouraging others to share and creating things to share.

Speaking of people who do an amazing job of sharing with others.  Susan Oxnevad of the Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners is always creating and sharing great things. (One of my heroes)  In my effort to share in the "places" our teachers are hanging out, I decided to set up a Pinterest account just for sharing Digital Literacy ideas and resources with our teachers.  As I was cruising around Pinterest looking for things to pin, I kept finding these amazing ThingLink creations where teachers had used this tool to create differentiated lessons and tutorials on a variety of subjects.  This had the fingerprint of Susan Oxnevad all over it.  These creations were made through the Thinglink Teacher Challenge that Susan facilitated this summer.  The challenge is now over, but the lessons and the creations remain.  Here is an example of a differentiated lesson created with Thinglink from Cindy Darden. .

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