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Trending the Positive: Using Technology to Celebrate the Good in Education

[Participate and share : Poster]

Tuesday, June 28, 4:00–6:00 pm
CCC Lobby D, Table 20

favoritesSean Gaillard  favoritesNatalie Krayenvenger  favoritesDr. Jennifer Williams  
Spark a movement in your school with social media! Come trend the positive with us as we celebrate education and share about our journey together as connected educators! Join our fun-filled session as we share about #CelebrateMonday, #EdBeat and EdCamps!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Online professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Visionary leadership
Administrators : Digital age learning culture
Teachers : Engage in professional growth and leadership

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

What does it mean to trend the positive as a connected educator? As presenters, we will explore this question and discuss our personal journeys in learning and sharing the good happening in our schools through social media with #CelebrateMonday, #EdBeat, and EdCamp.

With opportunities for networked collaboration at the fingertips of practically every educator in the world, the potential for connection is limitless. For us, being connected educators has truly been about personalizing our networks and nurturing the bonds that have been created. This journey to becoming a connected educator can be quite powerful and the experience transformational--connections developing into friendships and then friendships into bonds to last a lifetime.

Through active and interactive participation, it is our hope that session participants will be guided to start their journeys of joining a connected culture of educators that not only engage and inspire, but that also offer powerful, transformational learning. All session participants will leave with ready-to-implement ideas to design their own personalized Professional Learning Networks and spark positive movements in their own schools with social media.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1:
Session participants will gain an understanding of ways to engage as "connected educators" and share the positive in schools with use of digital technologies and innovative practices.

Learning Objective 2:
Session participants will discover specific ways to personalize their Professional Learning Networks and develop both professionally and personally within collaborative learning networks.

Learning Objective 3:
Session participants will discover ways to inspire a culture of positivity and shift mindsets to promote excellence and shared vision within an educational organization.


Presenters will use an interactive, multimedia presentation to engage participants. Inspired discussion and interactive demonstrations will further encourage attendee participation through sharing, conversation, and exploration of topics. Weblinks, digital graphics, and video will be used to demonstrate concepts. New digital technologies that allow educators to connect and collaborate will be demonstrated and then attendees will be invited to participate in discussion, sharing, and discovery of digital tools.

1.Twitter Chats: Presenters will detail their journey as moderators of the widely popular #EdBeat chat. Inspiring educators to share the positive and celebrate the profession of teaching, the chat brings together a community of educators. We will detail the basics of Twitter and also highlight chats that inspire and empower the voice of the teacher.
 Participants will be invited to share the positive in a discussion of the #CelebrateMonday movement and its impact on 1,000s of educators worldwide.

2. Expand Conversations: With Twitter as a wonderful entry point to ignite ideas and spark discussions, conversations can be expanded and further explored with innovative formats and collaboration tools. Practices such as blogging and videoconferencing will be discussed, and tools such as Remind, Voxer, Nearpod, and Periscope will be explored through interactive demonstrations.

3. Focus on Engaging and Developing Relationships: A key to being a connected educator is to keep focus on developing, supporting, and nurturing connections. Relationships are key, and any thriving PLN is built around people first, not places, programs, or tools. We will share about the EdCamp movement that empowers teachers to share and learn together and will detail ways that session attendees can locate EdCamp locations near their hometowns.

Supporting research

Published Works of Presenters:

Gaillard, S. (2015). Boost morale through social media and recharge yourself. EdSpiration Podcast. Online.

Gaillard, S., & Krayenvenger, N. (2015). #EdBeat Chats. Weekly Twitter chats. Storify of #TeachSmall with Remind chat:

Lenihan, E., & Williams, J. (2015) Globally connected education and Nearpod. Nearpod. Online.

Williams, J. (2015). A love of reading. EduRoadTrip Podcast.

Williams, J. (2015). Being a Florida connected educator. Google Hangout. Online.

Williams, J. (2015). Design your PD plan. Guest moderating #TeacherEdChat.

Williams, J. (2015) Five shifts of practice: Multimodal literacies in instruction. International Literacy Association. Online.

Williams, J. (2015). Teachers as readers: Making time to #Read4Fun. International Literacy Association. Online.

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DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (1998). Professional learning communities at work: Best practices for enhancing student achievement. Bloomington, IN: ASCD.

Eaker, R., & Keating, J. (2008). A shift in school culture. Journal of Staff Development, 29(3), 14-17.

Garrett, K. (2010). Professional Learning Communities allow a transformational culture to take root. The Education Digest, 76(2), 4-9.

Gruenert, S., & Whitaker, T. (2015). School culture rewired: How to define, assess, and transform it. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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favorites Sean Gaillard, Kennedy

favorites Natalie Krayenvenger, St. Paul's School

Natalie is a a sherpa of learning to some pretty amazing 4th graders at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, MD. She is also a ditcher of desks and a believer in all children; a Positive Warrior and connected educator. You can connect and collaborate with Natalie on Twitter @nkrayenvenger and @MrsKrays4th.

favorites Dr. Jennifer Williams, Participate

As a program developer for Calliope Global, Jennifer works with schools and organizations of the world. She is a professor at Saint Leo University and serves on the Board of Directors for International Literacy Association. She writes for Edutopia and Education Week and, through her vision of providing opportunities for learning with use of advanced teaching practices and latest technology, she champions classrooms to prepare for their futures in a world that will prioritize creativity, innovation, and exploration. She’s inspired every day by teachers and students that are catalysts for making the world a better place!