Professional Learning Network

Welcome to our PLN (Professional Learning Network)!

The PLN is designed for CILC's members to find colleagues, join conversations and grow their network. Once you have joined the PLN you can catch up on the latest discussions, review Professional Development Tweets and check out the calendar for upcoming PLN events.

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Thank you to CISCO for sponsoring the PLN!



via @Hoonuit: Join the #Hoonuit chat every other Wed. as the Learning Ambassadors moderate on education @JaimeDonally #edsquad 
How to Remake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands On Learning in the New Year. #edtech via @EdSurge
40 Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement #edchat #ukedchat #passiondriven #elearning #ncte #sschat #elachat #principals #eduleader #teachingtips #classroom #engagement #SEL #pbl
Let's inspire the next generation to make the world a more peaceful place. Here's how: #SDG16 #TeachSDGs
 From: @nfminute
Twenty percent of the books on this Top Sci-Tech Books for Youth are by iNK Thank Tank authors! Congrats! @TechBriefsMag #TechforPlanet #Tech17
 From: @AdvocateforEd 
 From: @SPACEdotcom
Curious Kids: How Do Satellites Get Back to Earth?
 From: @acforrest4241
I'm reading this great book over the break Here's a quote I liked: Connect your experiences to your teaching...and create meaningful lessons for your students." #InstantRelevance #BeAViking #MakeItReal
Help your students develop their imagination with these 3 ideas:
 From: @iste
Bring #coding into your classroom and get ready for #CSEdWeek and #HourofCode with this webinar! Join us Nov. 28, 4pmPT/7pmET
 From: @Sean4d
15/31 pgs of @Flipgrid "Oh the Places You'll Go!" #WORLDReadAloud!
 From: @FizzicsEd
Make colored petals science experiment #STEM #fizzicsed #scied #ntchat
 From: @classcraftgame
What if Classroom Management were FUN?! Gamify Your Classroom
 From: @KarlyMoura
Flipgrid & #HyperDocs Ideas for using them together in your classroom! Co-written w/ @seanjfahey

 From: @zelfstudie
Celine Sousteau will do a #Skype lesson with teachers across 6 continents on Oct. 18 (2pm GMT) #ClimateAction
 From: @focus2achieve
My Free Teaching & Learning Resources Page is Up! #teaching #learning #edchat #education 
 From: @DebateGlobal
Great online learning with @cilcorg Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration #ISTEGlobalPLN #globaled17 
 From: @web20classroom
Important for everyone from @shfarnsworth-3 instructional Strategies To Support Classrooms: #edchat
 From: @nfminute
Where the Science Here? Predicting Hurricanes #science #edtech #elled #teachers #STEM @vickicobb 

 From: @jeffhisereduHelp struggling students build a #growthmindset; via @BrainSMARTU 
 From: @ASCD
6 Questions to Ask Your Students on Day One. @hpitler 
 From: @Lynch39083
4 Ways to Help Your Students Embrace Diversity  #ntchat
 From: @leecrockett
Exploring 7 Fundamental Truths That Can Transform Teaching #education #passiondriven #edchat
 From: @educationweek 
Principals must address the immigration-related fears of their school community, says Nancy Gutierrez #EWopinion
 From: @Rdene915
TeachThrought: The Difference Between Technology Use and Technology Integration http://bit.ly2vCAC8T #edtech
 From: @sonnymagana
The Future of Education Transcending the Status Quo Part 3 of 5 blog series w/ @EdCircuit @CorwinPress #T3Framework
 From: @nightzookeeper
First look at our new creative writing tool: Take a look @JenWilliamsEdu @Sean4d @mrdearybury1 @LiteracyShed 
 From: @Lynch39083
Building professional learning communities: Social media, ed champs and Meetup #edchat #educhat 
 From: @leecrockett
The Five Biggest Mistakes Teachers Should Never, Ever Make #teacherquality #teachchat
 From: @RobynHriynatz
We're here to help! Tag @microsoftEDU with your #BacktoSchool ?s - We'll answer life FB August 16th #MicrosoftEdu
 From: @cilcorg
Did you know that a great way to get started with @neprisapp is to have your students join an industry chat?
 From: @k12cto
The Future of Classroom Technology: 5 Experts Weight In - Education Week #edtech 
 From: @globaledcon
Call for Proposal for the Global Education Conference is now open. Acceptances roll out starting Aug 1! #globaled17 
 From: @dsmacdonald
Six Ways to Build Girl-Inclusive #Makerspaces via @MakerEdOrg #VSLA #VTed 
 From: @Rdene915
CommonSenseEd: We're looking for #edtech reviewers! If you're interested, apply using this form: #edtecchat 
 From: @bjohnsonEDU
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century 
 From: @MrLeonard8
#Eduequals! We're looking for your favorite ways to share student voice! Post your @flipgrid video today! #stuvoice
From: @GlobalReady
The #SDGs provide a simple framework for teacher to try something new & collaborative 
From: @edutopia
Top resources for integrating science, technology, engineering, math AND art: #STEAM
From: @ibookwidgets
15 education blogs every teacher should follow @TeacherToolkit @innovativeEdu @edtechneil @ClassTechTips  
From: @paigejohnsonk12
Awesome book on how to assess #students' needs and reach all of your learners!! #Teaching #Educator #AmazonBooks 
From: @jen_hawkins4 
Middle school teachers should not be talking more than 12-15 min or you lost your students' attention #Reflection #WCPSSchat #bfc530 #edchat
From: @Lynch39083
Trends in Tech: How Schools Can Access the Future, Now #edtech
From: @JenWilliamsEdu
The time is now & the solution is education! Learn all about how to @TeachSDGs with free course http://bit.ly2pel4TI @participate 
From: @ideaphora
Enhance concept mapping using Ideaphora's Granular Search with 14,000 + pieces of vetted-open education resources! 
From: @CiscoEDU
How can #students best approach virtual learning if they nver have before? This story gives three tips:
From: @HRSB_Official
Canada Learns Code is an organization that provides support/lessons for teachers on coding. Check it out: #CLC150
From: @LollyDaskal
The Best Leaders Are Great Coaches @LollyDaskal #Leadership #LeadFromWithin 
From: @edutopia
MT @NewsHour: Inspiring interview with @BillNye on how science teachers can inspire students: #stem 
From: @DavidGeurin
Developing Self-Directed Learners: Teaching Students to Set Their Course via @Getting_Smart 
From: @chatzopoulosn
Check out this list of 25 prominent #edtech leaders everyone can learn from #edchat #ipaded #FETC 
From: @edutopia
Teach students this simple way to steer their brain toward positive learning outcomes.
From: @paigejohnsonk12
The future of technology is amazing! 8 Technologies that will shape future classrooms! #AR #VR #ed #STEM #k12 
From: @TheresaShafer
How to do Innovate Projects in the Midst of Standards and Curriculum viz @aiiuliani @PBLChat 
From: @edutopia
How to choose diverse & inclusive resources (& why it's important to do so) 
Date: January 11 at 4pmEST/3pmCST/2pmMST/1pmPST

Join the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration to learn how you can connect your students to live, interactive video programs delivered by content providers. Our content providers range from museums, science centers and art galleries to authors, performing artists and actors! Learn how to find and book the perfect standards based programs to meet the needs of your students and your curriculum. 

Teachers Who Blog: The 20 Best of 2017

Alice ChenAlice Chen is a Suzanne Middle School teacher (8th-grade Language Arts, Technology Coach). Alice’s school is located in Walnut, California and she can be reached via Twitter @wondertechedu and her Alice in Wonder Tech blog. Alice’s best blog posts of 2017 are: Real News, Fake News or Opinion? Teaching Our Students to Discern the Difference 8 Ways for Students to Reflect on Their Learning Empowering Students with Peer-Designed Lessons Amy Ro...
Posted: 1/3/2018 3:29:27 PM by Peter Paccone

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers

Attention all teachers—veteran teachers especially. You have much of value to offer your students. You probably also have much of value to offer the teachers at your school. But what if you’re one of those teachers who also have much of value to offer the world of education at large? For example: A description of your best teaching lessons Copies of your lesson plans Your reflections on teaching, learning, and/or assessment Examples of your students’ workIf you&rsquo...
Posted: 6/15/2017 9:00:26 AM by Peter Paccone

Nicole Naditz - February 2017 Interview

Nicole Naditz is a National Board Certified Teacher of French Language and Culture at Bella Vista High School near Sacramento, California. She is the 2012 Sacramento County Teacher of the Year, finalist for 2012 California state teacher of the year, and the 2015 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year. She has also been honored by several organizations, including the GRAMMY Museum, National Geographic, and most recently, PBS, which in 2016–2017 n...
Posted: 3/1/2017 3:31:44 PM by Peter Paccone

Media & the Effects on Children

As clinicians, we are asked these questions all the time.  Parents and schools can do so much to help. Here’s a small list.   Turn down the news.  Adults often watch and listen continually to the latest updates concerning terrorist events.  Children, however, may be exposed to more than they can absorb.  Limiting this exposure can go a long way to alleviating their anxiety and allow them to grasp the safety and solace that exists in their world. Make room...
Posted: 1/11/2017 10:47:00 AM by James Levine

The Life of an Online Teacher

Well…. Almost every teacher. While traditional teachers may bring work home with them, for many online teachers, the work day may not actually start until very late in the evening. In today’s global educational marketplace, many companies are offering online classes, tutoring programs, and other educational resources to students all over the world. Many of the teachers involved with these projects however, do not actually live in the same country as their students. This is due ...
Posted: 9/13/2016 1:05:51 PM by Aryeh Eisenberg


VC with refugees from Ann Hernandez

Hi IVC friends, My organization recently attended a series of videoconference experiences at the...

Ripples Make Waves

World Water Day Virtual Global Youth Summit Starting at 9:00am CST March 22 and continuing for ...

Mystery Video Chat

Group of 4th/5th graders at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea looking to have a myste...
foxie Hey, Sean, If you post this in the collaboration center, more eyes will see it! cmkrumm Sean, I've got a staff mtg. on Monday. I will ask if anyone is interested.

Mentor wanted

Hi, all I have an Elementary educator that is fairly new to IVC applications in the classroom. ...

Webinar Recordings

Peter Paccone Webinar: Julie Lindsay Webinar:

August CILC Webinar

Want to have your students VC with Miki Nyguen If so...
foxie Who is Mike Nyguen? peter pac Miki Nyguen is the man telling the story in the video clip that I have provided. It's an incredib... foxie Want to see the webinar? Here is a link to the recording:

August CILC Webinar

Remember this iconic Vietnam War photograph?

August CILC Webinar

Want to have your students VC with the woman at the center of this iconic Vietnam War photograph?...

August CILC Webinar

In August, I'll be hosting a CILC Webinar: How to Get Famous Names in History to VC with your Stu...

The 5 Minute University Tech Blog

Beginning in August I will be posting tech tips. Check out the blog here: http://sghistoryteach...

EdCampGlobal: Global Collaborations

If you are curious about how to start a Global Collaboration project in your classroom, I will be...


Hey, everybody We are glad to see you have found the PLN! Both CILC and Cisco hope that this wi...
herald I would like to know about Prof. Development workshops.

Second Grade PenPals
We are looking for a class of second graders that we can do pen pal writing with throughout the rest of our school year.
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 2 Other:

Measuring Shadows
I am a fifth grade teacher in Vermont. We will be starting a unit on Astronomy in January - February of 2018. I am looking for classes in different parts of the world who could take photos of themselves and their shadows at two particular times of day, and t...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Other:

5th grade elementary Spanish class
I am looking for another 5th grade class learning Spanish that would like to collaborate as pen pals, or on skype or google hangout. We would love to send letters in Spanish, connect our learning....sing together in Spanish or share learning.
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 5 Other:

5th Grade Class Seeking Pen Pals
Our 5th grade class of 20 students in Central New York is looking for pen pals and video conference partners. We would like to have our students write and receive letters to learn about a different part of the United States. I would like to base this collabor...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 5 Other:

Individual Mystery Skypes
Collaboration of mystery skypes from schools around the world. Initially, it would involve modeling an entire class skyping with another class from a different location. This would be followed by individual students developing their own skype with individual...
Status:  Seeking Partners
Audience:  Education: Grade(s): 8 Other:

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