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Kelli Etheredge: Virtual Breakout Sessions with Office 365

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA How do you gather over 120 educators in one place to collaborate, learn, and have collegial conversations about their profession?  This question is a continual focus for me.  Once a month, St. Paul’s faculty, PK-12, meet as a whole school team for professional development.  As the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, and the person in charge of these professional development opportunities, I am continually exploring ways for our faculty to have meaningful gatherings.  It sounds easy, right?  Just gather everyone up and meet.  Easy.  Maybe.  IF you have everyone on the same campus; IF you have facilities large enough (and small enough) for collaborative meetings; IF everyone has the same professional development needs.  The reality, however, is none of these “Ifs” are true.  (We have two campuses for our school; a theater is large enough for all of us, but not small enough for the real work of collaboration; and our professional development needs are as varied as the children in our classrooms.)  I am sure we …

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Kelli Etheredge: Personalized Learning for Global Citizens (White Paper Interviews)

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA Personalized Learning is a hot topic in education.  As with many buzzwords in education, however, depending upon who are you listening to, sometimes, it is hard to quantify what personalized learning really means and what value it adds to learning environments.  Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to read the whitepaper Personalized Learning for Global Citizens and then interview its authors, Kathryn Kennedy, Joseph R. Freidhoff, and Kristen DeBruler from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.  The whitepaper is part of Microsoft in Education’s Transformation Framework series.  In it, Dr. Kennedy and her colleagues discuss the research on personalized learning, the value technology offers when designing a personalized learning environment, and the guiding principles for leaders and educators when implementing a personalized learning program.  I highly recommend Personalized Learning for Global Citizens for all educators and education leaders.  Kennedy and her team not only highlight the research on the topic, but provide practical applications and concrete examples related to the research.  Specifically, the paper itemizes the twelve elements …

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Kelli Etheredge: Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Use OneNote with Your Students!

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA Happy New Year! As it is every year, resolutions are a hot topic.  Twitter, Facebook, commercials – everywhere I look someone is resolving to change a habit.  While some center around personal goals (improving your health, de-cluttering), others are focused on work goals (learning a new skill, organizing).  I’ll admit it – I don’t think I have ever stuck to a New Year’s resolution.  Sad, I know.  Don’t get me wrong – I have changed a habit or two in my lifetime.  They just haven’t happened as a result of a New Year’s commitment.  Instead, they have spawned from some in-the-moment experience (be it January or June) that has prompted me to change. All of the resolution chatter within the last week started me thinking about habits I have changed over the years and how they happened.  Some were resolutions I made, some were prompted by others pushing me to change, and some were happenstance.  To my surprise, upon reflecting, some of the best changes have actually occurred …

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Kelli Etheredge: Gifts for Our Students – Lync Recordings

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA As you read this post, I am on Christmas break with my family. My children are reveling in the joys of Christmas – opening presents, playing games, perusing books – and not thinking about school for a single moment.   All is as it should be. The calm of the holiday season is wonderful. Getting to the calm, however, meant lots of hard work and studying for my seventh grader (and every other St. Paul’s Episcopal middle and high school student). As with most schools around the nation, exam week came at St. Paul’s Episcopal School before anyone could enjoy the break.   At our school, exam week followed three of the busiest weeks I have ever seen. Everything hit at once. Football state championships, Nutcracker performances, community service activities, swim team state championships, Christmas productions – all required students to miss valuable class time to pursue their other talents. It is a tough choice for many, including my daughter. The students want to excel academically, but they also have …

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Kelli Etheredge: Introducing My Column

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA “Whatwha whawha whawha” Yes, ma’am. I am paying attention. “Whatwha whatwha whawha whatwha whawha” You would like me to tell you the metaphor you just said? Okay. “My love is a rose.” “Whatwha whawha whawha whawha whawha…” As you read the above dialogue, the Charlie Brown cartoon may have popped in your mind. If not, in Charlie Brown, when Charlie and his friends speak to adults, the adults’ responses are always nonsensical to the audience. (What this video if you have never seen the cartoon.) Charlie and his friends, however, understand perfectly, and we, the audience, get the gist of what the adults say by the way the children react.