Showing posts from December, 2017

Workshops, Keynotes, Twitter Chats and More

Professionally, 2017 seems to have been a great year for me: As a teacher trainer I have:
delivered 42 workshops, 2 keynotes and one 5-day course,
led 8 webinars,
designed and facilitated one 12-day eTwinning online learning event,
moderated 4 Twitter chats and one 5-day long Twitter marathon
travelled to 7 countries to give workshops and keynotes.

I've been lucky to have closely collaborated with some of the most inspiring educators from all over the world.

With my students I successfully completed:
1 global project on climate change,
2 eTwinning projects (both recognized with European Quality Labels),
1 Erasmus+ project (recognized with two awards)
and started a new Erasmus+ project.

But besides these nice things, 2017 has also been a year of many rejected applications, failed and unfinished projects and far too many disappointments. That's life, I guess. Or a sign for a career change maybe.

Class Learning Toolkit

Inspired by Barbara Bray's post Build a Toolkit so Learners Become Future Ready, I created my Class Learning Toolkit:

I divided it into 5 categories, based on the skills I want my students to develop: 

Project and Task Management
Edmodo, a learning management system -  the teacher shares content with students, assigns tasks, grades assignments, or  connects students with peers and involves them in international projects. Edmodo is synchronized with many educational apps so students can use a variety of tools and apps through Edmodo. eTwinning, the European community for schools – the teacher  connects with colleagues from all over Europe to carry out international projects integrated in their curricula. The teacher can also use eTwinning for professional development as numerous lifelong learning opportunities are provided for teachers on the platform. Students use it to collaborate with peers and to create new content.

Skills development: organizational and task management skills, c…

Professional Learner's Toolkit

Jane Hart recently shared her Modern Professional Learner's Toolkit, based on the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017.

Inspired by Jane Hart, I created my own Professional Learner's Toolkit:

FAVORITE WEB BROWSER:Safari is my all time favorite, but I also use Chrome, because of some features that Safari doesn't support - yet (e.g. new Google Sites)

FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE:Google search - despite its algorithms, it's still my number one, using search operators helps a lot.

TRUSTED WEB RESOURCES: BBC for European News, New York Timesand Washington Postfor world news and Google Scholar for scholarly literature.

NEWS & CURATION TOOLS: Feedly is my favorite RSS and I try to check it on a daily basis, but it can happen that days go by and I don't have time to look at my feed. Pinterest is still my number one curation tool, despite its being closed to those who don't own an account with it.