Back to School with Edutopia

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Many of you may already be frequent visitors to but for those of you who have never visited, it’s time to check it out!

At Edutopia you can find the following…

  • grade-level resources
  • core strategy resources for assessment, interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, social & emotional learning, professional development and technology integration
  • videos
  • 12 different blogs
  • community groups for different educational levels, classroom management, new teachers, administrators and more
  • schools that work area that highlights successful programs and their strategies
  • several classroom guides on topics such as 21st Century Learning, Brain-based learning, classroom management, thinking green and more.



Literacy and Technology

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Saturday, February 23, 2012
Abington Junior High
*2056 Susquehanna Road
Abington, PA
8:30-­‐9:00 Check In
9:00-­‐9:15 Research Literacy and Technology
9:20 – 10:20 Session 1
10:30-­‐11:30 Session 2
11:35-­‐12:00 Evaluations, Raffle, Closure

Free Professional Development Opportunities for 2012

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The link below is a great blog post that offers over 20 free professional development opportunities for 2012.  Which one(s) will YOU do?!  Have any others to share?  Leave a comment!

Professional Goals for 2012

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As the new year is upon us, many people take this time to reflect upon the year that has just passed and how they might want to learn, change, and grow professionally and personally in the new year.  To aid  in your professional growth, I am pleased to announce and share with you a new group blog created by a few Wissahickon colleagues called “Education is My Life” (  Be sure to click on over and check out the posts there, especially the new year’s ones entitled “New Year Resolutions (Teacher Edition)” and “My Wish List for Education in 2012”.

In the spirit of the new year, what are YOUR professional resolutions and goals for 2012?  Share them here!

Global Collaboration Online “Course”

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Check out this online course to learn more about global collaborations and how to go about getting your students involved.  The blog post below was borrowed from

Global Collaboration Course

January 6 to 11

It has never been easier to connect classrooms around the world, and lots of teachers are doing it in different ways. In this course we will explore how you can turn a connection into a global learning experience for your students. We will look at ways to make this experience authentic and real, and discuss what it takes to collaborate with other classes in other countries. Ultimately our contention is that authentic global collaboration has less to do with the tools and more to do with approaches to teaching and learning.

As part of this course you will have a chance to examine the different global collaborative opportunities available to teachers, and explore the teacher skills, student skills and appropriate pedagogy needed to turn those connections into an authentic, collaborative learning experience.  We will also review some of the tools that help classrooms connect effectively.

The course has been designed by Phil Macoun (@pmacoun) and Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo).  Phil has participated in the Digiteen project for 4 years and is currently enrolled in the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher program.  Brad spent last year as head of Think Global, a school where students explore our world, studying in three new international cities each academic year.

We are also very excited to have Julie Lindsay joining us for a webinar on Saturday January 7th at 4:00 pm PST (click here to find out the time where you live).  You do not have to be registered in the course to attend the webinar.  Julie will be talking about her new book called Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time.

The course is in Moodle and runs from January 6th to 11th.  If you haven’t participated in a Moodle Meet before here’s your chance!  Except for the webinar the course is asynchronous.  This means that you can pop in and out of the course at times that suit you best.

The course should offer something for everyone.  For those new to Global Collaborative Projects there will be information on some of the most useful  tools, a chance to explore different kinds of Global Collaborative Projects, and opportunities to have your questions answered by other educators.  For those that have some experience with these kinds of projects we hope to provide a venue for further discussions about best practice and a chance to network with like minded educators.

To register go hereThe course is free,but you will be prompted to set up an account with LearnNowBC.  LearnNowBC is an entity funded by the BC Ministry of Education to provide professional development opportunities for educators.

Please pass this information along to other educators who may be interested.  If you have any questions about the Moodle Meet please leave them in the comments area below or contact me via e-mail at phil.macoun at gmail dot com.

Instructional Technology Collaboration Tuesdays Webinar Series

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Come join in on this great opportunity for collaboration, learning and professional growth, without having to go anywhere at all!

Dan Maguire, Kennett Consolidated School District Instructional Technology Coach and Debbie Lugar, Chester County I.U. Educational Technology Specialist are co-hosting virtual collaboration, via Elluminate webconferencing, for educators throughout Pennsylvania.  The goal is to bring educators together to share ideas and experiences, ask and answer questions, and learn about new (and some not-so-new) instructional technologies and if/how they can be used to enhance classroom instruction.

These webinars are open to educators of all grade levels and subject areas–high school level educators will meet from 3:00-4:00 PM and elementary educators from 4:00-5:00 PM.

Tuesday collaboration webinars can be accessed at  No prior registration is required.  Participants are asked to login with their name and school district.  (Example:  Jane Doe, Kennett)

MCIU Spring CPE Course and Workshop Offerings

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The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) offers a variety of diverse, convenient and engaging continuing professional education courses, workshops and events to meet today’s budget needs.

     Register now for SPRING 2012 offerings

To view CPE courses, workshops and events published in our catalog visit

New CPE courses, workshops and events are added weekly.

For up-to-date offerings visit

Most courses offered for CPE Credit or Graduate Credit

    CPE courses offer credit toward a Level II Instructional Certificate, a Master’s Equivalency and to fulfill Act 48 requirements.

To view CPE courses visit

1 CPE credit = 30 Act 48 Hours = $150  *  1 Graduate credit = 30 Act 48 Hours = $300

ESL Program Specialist Training Program Certificate Courses Available

    ESL course overview visit


      To view workshops visit

Graduate courses offered through Drexel University, Saint Joseph’s University, Millersville University and The University of the Arts/PIE

    Higher Education Partnerships visit

New to MCIU?

Review the registration information before enrolling visit

Returning student?

Go directly to the online registration system visit

Grab a colleague and sign-up today!

If you have any questions after viewing all the course, workshop and event information

       contact Lois Winton at

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