Monday, June 1, 2015

What Connected Educators Do Differently Week 1 -- Introductions

Welcome to the summer eLearning book club. We are excited to read What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book already, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 10 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one $1000 professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators with a public school corporation who earn all 10 PGPs are eligible for the grant.
  • We will typically read one chapter per week.
  • **There is no official sign up for the book club. Your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post. Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.) 
  • Your reading assignment for next week is the introduction ("Getting Connected: What it Means and Why it Matters") and Key Connector 1, "Invest in a Peronal and Professional Learning Network (P2LN)."

230 comments:

  1. Good morning! My name is Cindy Aubuchon, and I am an English teacher at McCutcheon High School (Tippecanoe School Corporation). I teach English 10 Honors, Etymology, and Creative Writing, and I am the head of the English department. I am looking forward to learning about being a connected educator.

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  2. My name is Tricia Hall. I am the Curriculum Director at North Knox School Corporation in Bicknell, IN.

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    1. Tricia, Nice to see someone I know on here!

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  3. Hello! I'm Megan Earley, K-8 Library Media Specialist for Twin Lakes School Corporation in Monticello. This is my first DOE book club, so I'm looking forward to connecting with educators from around the state.

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    1. Hi Megan. I hope you remember me from North Judson (Battle of the Books). I am so glad to be working with you on this.

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    2. Hey Megan...I am glad to see you on the book club! I'm doing this one too!!

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    3. Great to see a media specialist on here! Would be interested to hear how much technology you use in your position with your students.

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  4. Good morning. I'm Amanda Rowe and I teach English at Harrison High School in West Lafayette.

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  5. Hello! My name is Cassie Long and I am a high school English teacher at North Montgomery High School in Crawfordsville. I teach English 9, 10, and Contemporary Literature as well as co-directed the fall play and coach the English Academic Team. I've also never done an DOE book club before and I am looking forward to this learning process with all of you!

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  6. Hello! I am Kathleen Gee and I am an Algebra I and II teacher at Madison Consolidated High School. I have never participated in anything like this and look forward to trying this out!

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    1. Whoo-hoo! you can't get away from me! Looking forward to doing this with you!

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    2. It's good to see another high school math teacher from a local school. I'm always looking for colleagues to build my network.

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  7. Hello everyone! My name is Beth Corbolotti and I teach Preschool at Pleasant Hill Elementary which is in the North Montgomery County School Corporation. Cassie, I don't think we've met but it's nice to see someone else on here from North. Participating in an online book club is also a first for me and I'm looking forward to it.

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  8. Hello! My name is Denise Wisley and I'm an instructional coach/curriculum coordinator at Hamilton Heights Primary & Elementary School in Arcadia. We are getting ready to go 1:1 with ipads in grades K-2 and so I'm looking to enhance my knowledge and tools to help as we educate our 21century learners! I think this will be fun and this is a new experience for me as well. Do we have certain chapters to read by a specific time? I ordered my book and hope it arrives soon!

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    1. You usually read a chapter a week and they update the blog every Monday. Hope this information helps!

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    2. Woohoo!! Glad to see another fun Heights teacher on board!

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  10. Hello! My name is Lindsay Berndt and I am an elementary music teacher for Lake Ridge Schools in Gary, Indiana. This will be my second time participating in this book club and I am looking forward to it!

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  11. Hello everyone! My name is Barb Lazzaro and I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade FACS (Family and Consumer Science) at Hanover Central Middle School in Cedar Lake,IN. Looking forward to participating in the discussion and reading the book!

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  12. David Seibel, Warren Central High School Spanish teacher. Love to read and teach students.

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  13. Greetings! My name is Deb Bishop and I am a counselor at Roosevelt Middle School in Monticello. I am looking forward to becoming a connected educator!

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    1. Nice to see another RMS person here!

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    2. Hooray, another school counselor

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    3. Memories! I attended Roosevelt in the 70s. Wow. Feeling old. :)

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  14. My name is Debbie Acord and I am the library media specialist for Adams Central Community Schools in Monroe, Indiana. I have always enjoyed reading Todd Whitaker's books and I look forward to diving into this one and learning more about connecting!

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    1. Hi Debbie! Happy to talk connections with you this summer!

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  15. Hi! I'm Carrie Strain from Roachdale Elementary (North Putnam Schools) and I teach 3rd grade.

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  16. Hello! I'm Julia Myers and I teach fourth graders at Eastview Elementary in Connersville :)

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    1. Nice to see a fellow fourth grade teacheršŸ˜Š!

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    2. Hi, 4th Grade Buddies! Me, too, at Needham Elem. in Franklin, IN. I love 4th grade!
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  17. Hello. My name is Stacie Schuster. I am a Media Specialist at Jefferson ES in Hammond. I am excited to be part of this book club. It is my first one. Our district is really moving forward with technology so I am interested in learning how to be more connected!

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  18. Hello. My name is Sandy Gutzwiller. I teach Sp I-IV at Southwood Jr./Sr. High School in Wabash County. This is my third time participating in the IDOE book club.

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    1. Hi, Sandy and Tammy! Glad to see both of my teacher friends and neighbors here.

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  19. Hello! My name is Stephanie Wilson. I am a fourth grade teacher at Shenandoah Elementary School in Middletown! I am very excited to get started on this book! I have a passion for technology and science! I am currently researching and connecting with other educators regarding STEM! I look forward to reading this book and learning how to stay connected!!

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  20. Hello! I'm a reading specialist at Kankakee Valley Middle School in Wheatfield. I am looking forward to learning with everyone. This is my first time participating in an the IDOE book club.

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  22. Hello! I am Tonya Weaver and am the Director of Administration and Innovation with the Garrett-Keyser-Butler CSD. I am excited to join in on the conversation and learn together!

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    1. Thanks for sending the email with info about this year's book club! I just joined and ordered my book!

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    2. Awesome Holly! Glad you joined! Can't wait to learn more!

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  23. Hi! I'm trying to post my comment AGAIN! I've had some issues. I am Amanda Bullion and I teach at Wes-Del High School. I teach FACS and that includes Adult Roles, Interpersonal Relationships, Human Development, Nutrition, and Child Development. I just finished my second year of teaching. I am looking forward to seeing how to better use our 1:1 ipads in my classes. I've never participated in a book study either so I'm excited to connect with you on a virtual level.

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    1. Whoo-hoo! I am also a FACS teacher. Can't wait to see how 1:1 might impact our type(s) of clases.

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  24. Greetings. My name is Katie Schaffner and I teach Geometry and Pre-Calculus at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. I participated in this blog last summer and found it a great way to keep focused and get new ideas throughout the summer.

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  25. Trying for the 3rd time-obviously I need to learn to be connected, Jenny Scott, Director of Guidance at Shakamak Jr Sr High School

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    1. Love it! It took me two tries this summer. Last summer I was ready to quit before I even got started!

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  26. Good afternoon! My name is Dan Keeler and I teach at McCordsville Elementary in Mt. Vernon School Corp. I am ready to get started!

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  27. My name is Cathy Gohmann and I teach 10th and 12th grade English Language Arts at Southwood High School in Wabash, Indiana. Our school district has been 1:1 for the last two years with the high school students using Macs. I participated in Connected Educators month the first year and I am hoping to take the next step toward being a connected educator by participating in this book club.

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    1. Time flies: you are about to start your fourth school year with those Macs.

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    2. It's hard to believe it's been that long already! There's still so much I need to learn!!

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    3. Hi, Cathy, Tammy, and Jody! We have learned a lot already on the Macs! But I agree, much more to learn!

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  28. Hello, my name is Lara Covey and I am the ENL Teacher at both Angola Middle And High School, Angola, Indiana. Our school district is 1:1 using Chromebooks both at the middle and high school. I just completed a book study "Teach Like A Pirate" at the high school and loved it! I am ready to begin a new one!

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    1. I also teach ESL Mathematics for Engineers at Trine University where I am an Adjunct Professor.

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    2. Hi Lara! Glad to be discussing books and connections with you again!!

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  29. Hi Everyone! I am Holly Wright and I am a K-2 Instructional Coach (teacher) at Garrett-Keyser-Butler CSD. I work with second grade readers in the mornings and first and second grade mathematicians in the afternoons. I am excited to be part of the e-learning book club again this summer!

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  30. Hello, I'm Sarah Morehouse and I taught 2nd grade for ten years at Cherry Tree Elementary in Carmel. I'm staying at home with my two year old now.

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  31. Hi, my name is Katie Thompson! I taught kindergarten for several years before staying home with my two children. I am slowly returning to the school setting next year to be an aid!

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    1. Yay for kindergarten! I've been teaching kindergarten for about 16 years...with about 5 years off in the middle to stay home with my little ones! Glad to have another teacher of 'littles' on board!

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  32. My name is Jennifer Martin and I am a counselor at Salem High School. Prior to becoming a counselor, I taught social studies and English. This is my 4th book with the e-learning book club.

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  33. Hello! My name is Ashley Schenck and I am a 5th grade teacher at McCordsville Elementary in Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. I am the high ability coordinator and also a part of our Technology Committee as we move forward with our 1:1 initiative!

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    1. Hi Ashley! We are "neighbors"! I work in Greenfield! That is sounds great to be a part of the 1:1 initiative at your school! I know in Greenfield we are working toward that!

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  34. Hello Everyone! My name is Janice Thayer and I am currently teaching Family Consumer Science at Crawford County High School after being a Jr. High Counselor for over eleven years. I am looking forward to reading this book and being a member of this book club.

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  35. This is my first time joining this e-learning reading group. I teach Geometry and Algebra II at Riley High School in the South Bend School Corporation. This is my first year. I have begun reading this book and am excited to get involved in the book discussion.

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  36. Good Morning! My name is Jacqui Follett and I am a 6th grade Reading Humanities teacher at Garrett Middle School. I am excited to join this group to read, learn, and grow professionally.

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    1. Jacqui, I am so excited to see you joined! Glad to see another Garrett friend!

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  37. Hello, I am Jill Deputy, Assistant Principal of Madison Consolidated High School in Madison. I am excited to be a part of this study.

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    1. Hi, Jill! Looking forward to doing this with you and Kathleen.

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  38. Good morning! My name is Kathy Sourbeer, and I am the principal at Liberty Elementary School in Liberty, IN. This is my first eLearning Book Club, and I always enjoy Todd Whitaker's books.

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  39. Hello, my name is Emily Ohland and I'm the 7th & 8th grade Choir Director and 8th grade General Music teacher at Wea Ridge Middle School. I participated in the club from Australia last summer and found it a great way to keep school in mind while being away from the building.

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  40. Greetings. I am Tammy Farlow, math and world languages teacher at Southwood Jr. Sr. High School, in the Metropolitan District of Wabash County. I teach 8th grade math, Spanish, and a rotational seventh grade course Exploring World Languages.

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    1. Hey Tammy! Good to "see" you again!

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    2. Hello Tammy, hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

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    3. Hi, Tammy and Jody. Glad you are both participating.

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  41. Good morning. My name is Tom Stoner and I am the principal at Kouts MS/HS in Kouts. I have enjoyed everything I have ever read by Todd Whitaker, so I am looking forward to this study

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  42. Hello all! I'm Kari Catanzaro, 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Maconaquah Middle School in Bunker Hill, Indiana (Miami County, between Kokomo and Peru, near Grissom Air Reserve Base). This is my 4th book club discussion (I think). I've read a couple of Todd Whitaker's books and always enjoy his insights. I'm a big proponent of being a connected educator- Twitter and communicating with other educators in book discussion like this has changed my teaching life forever! I'm looking forward to discussing with all of you this summer.

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    1. Hi Kari! I was a student at Mac! Glad to be able to connect with you through the book club this summer!

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    2. Kari, my summer takes me to Miami County a lot...going to East End Ice Cream and following my son around golf courses (Peru Muni, Rock Hollow, and Grissom AFB), I have already found several reasons to be in your territory.

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  43. Hi. I'm Cathy Cole and teach second grade at Milford. I have a personal and a classroom blog and we tweet (fell a bit away from it this year). I am excited to get to know others and challenge myself as an educator.

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  44. My name is Stacy Stiller and I am a 2nd grade teacher with Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville, IN. I'm in my 11th year as a teacher and things seem to be moving so fast in the field of technology. I'm excited to learn more and open to new experiences!

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  45. Hi! My name is Jaime Brunson. I am a First Grade Reading and a First and Second Grade Inquiry/Writing Teacher at JE Ober Elementary in Garrett, Indiana. I am passionate about using technology in the classroom and am looking forward to this book study.

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    1. Jaime, welcome to another Garrett colleague! Excited for this opportunity!

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  46. Hi! I'm Stacy Parker, a Title 1 Interventionist at Bridgepoint Elementary in Jeffersonville, IN. We are 1:1 Chromebooks 3-12, so I am excited to learn new ways to incorporate technology.

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  47. Pleased to see that there are already 60 comments, and it's only day 2. I'm a library media specialist in Warren Township in Indianapolis. I too have enjoyed all of Todd Whitaker's books that I've read.

    This morning it occurred to me that I can set up a chance to meet for anyone in the book study who comes to EdCampIndy on June 12. Although we have so many ways to connect with technology, there's still something about F2F. You can still register here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcampindy-tickets-16505801296 (And because it's an edcamp, it's free!) I am attending several other events this summer, and look forward to connecting and learning.

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    1. Hi Susie! So glad I'll be discussing connections with you this summer, here and on SM!

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    2. My name is Paul Walker, Computer Apps and U.S. History teacher at Triton Jr- Sr High School in Bourbon, Indiana. I have read a couple of Dr. Whitaker's book previously and look forward to great discussion. I am a little in tardy in starting due some trouble in getting copy of the text. I look forward to learning from everyone.

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  48. 60 comments in a little over a day...what a great group! It's wonderful to see many familiar names, but I'm really excited to see so many new people. My name is Meri Carnahan and I am an eLearning Resource Specialist with the Department of Education. I have been working with this book club since it began in 2011. I will be the one posting the discussion questions/ideas each week. There are 8 chapters in this book so we will read a chapter a week and I will post the questions each Monday morning. Try to keep up with the discussions, but if you get a little behind, don't worry. Just catch up when you can. Enjoy the book club!

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    1. Meri, it's great to meet you! Looking forward to a great 8 weeks of learning!

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  50. My name is Amy. I am a high school English and Latin teacher. Looking forward to hearing everyone's great contributions this summer!

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  51. I'm Kim McCane and I teach high school mathematics at Southwestern High School in Hanover. I'm looking forward to this book club.

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  52. Hello, I am Laura Frondorf. I am the school librarian for two school in the Franklin County Community School Corporation. Mt. Carmel School is a K-8 building and Laurel School is a preschool-8 building. I am looking forward to reading this book.

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  53. I'm LeAnne Eberts, high school English teacher at Madison Consolidated in Madison. I teach freshmen and sophomores and dabble in lots else. We moved to a 1:1 initiative a few years ago and are working things out over time. Some things about technology are a great joy, but there are some stumbling blocks as well. Looking to making them smaller.

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  54. I am a special needs high school teacher in Fort Wayne. I'm excited to learn new ways to use technology in my classroom.

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    1. Another special ed teacher, welcome!

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  55. I am from a small school up by all the wind turbines or the one-eyed, three-arm giants! I look forward to this book club! I am always interested in ways to incorporate technology in the classroom!

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  56. Totally forgot.....I teach at Sacred Heart in Fowler, Indiana. I tend to the be the person to teach tech to our current staff, we call it Tech Tuesday.

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  57. Hi, my name is Gail Zmierski and I teach PE at Longfellow Elementary School for Lake Ridge School Corp. I have enjoyed the last six book we read and looking forward to this one.

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  58. Hello, my name is Quinn Selner. I am the Life Skills special education teacher at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, IN. This is the second DOE book study in which I have participated. I am excited to start reading!

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    1. Glad to see another Special Ed teacher in the bunch! I also teach Life Skills classes at my Jr//Sr high school (Southwood). Welcome!

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  59. Hi! My name is Chris Peek. I teach at Nativity Catholic School in Indianapolis, IN. I teach 2nd grade. I have taught for 30 years, 1 in K, 2 in 4th grade and the rest in 2nd. I am new to blogging, so be patient with me. I will try my best. I was glad to see many primary teachers listed here. Thanks! Chris

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    1. Hi Chris! I'm late getting started, but glad to see another Nativity Titan here! And I never knew you taught kindergarten once upon a time!

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  60. Hello! My name is Rhonda von Werder and I teach HS level Spanish in TIppecanoe (County) School Corporation. I am looking forward to connecting with all during this E-learning opportunity. Met a former student of the author and she commented that he is "amazing."

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  61. Hi everyone! My name is Kevin Cross. I am an agricultural science/business instructor and FFA advisor at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, IN. I am excited to learn more about "connecting" to my students. Let's make this summer awesome!

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  62. Hi! My name is Emily DuVall from North Judson-San Pierre High School in North Judson, IN. I teach a variety of agriculture classes to 6th through 12th grades. I also have never participated in an eLearning book club, so I am excited to this summer!

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  63. My name is Brant Moore from Angola Middle School. I teach 8th Grade American History. I participated in the summer book club two years ago and it was a great experience!

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    1. Hi Brant! Happy to see a fellow Angola teacher in the study! You'll love this book!

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  64. Hello. My name is Linda Schumacher and I teach 8th grade English at North Judson-San Pierre Middle School. I look forward to meeting all of you and completing this project together.

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  65. My name is Joe Poteet I teach mass media and US history at North Montgomery High School in Crawfordsville. Grades 10-12

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  66. Good evening everyone! I am Alexandra Rodriguez and I teach Sixth Grade English Language Arts at Saint Barnabas Catholic School in Indianapolis. I'm looking forward to spending the summer better preparing myself for my students next year.

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  67. Hello, my name is Leifschon, last year I taught seventh and eighth grade Science at Randolph Southern. I have enjoyed Todd Whitaker's writings in the past and look forward to his insights in this book as well. This is my first time participating in this book club. I am excited to partake in the discussions.

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  68. Hi, my name is Kelly Shannon and I taught first grade last year and I am moving to kindergarten next year at Sugar Creek Elementary which is part of North Montgomery School Corporation near Crawfordsville. I'm excited to read this book and be part of this discussion board. This is a first for me. Hello to those from schools near me...Roachdale Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, and North Montgomery High School.

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    1. Hi Kelly! I've only met you a couple of times, but know your husband well. He is great guy that I miss seeing at school. We shared many laughs!

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  69. Hello! My name is Beth Zeh and I teach English at Harrison High School in West Lafayette. I am looking forward to reading this book and gaining some insight on getting more connected.

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  70. Hello! My name is Alana Anderson and I teach English at Gavit Middle/High School in Hammond. This year I taught Freshmen, Sophomores, and a 7th grade remedial class. Next year I will be working in the Freshmen Academy. I am excited to read this book and gain some insight on how to become a connected educator.

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  71. Hello! My name is Jody Stakeman. I am a special education teacher at Southwood Jr/Sr High School in Wabash, IN. This will be my 5th year teaching there and my 15th year in total. This will be my 2nd book club. Along with participating in this book club I will soon be starting classes to add the Intense Interventions content area to my license. So it will be a busy summer, hopefully I can keep up and not get confused with all the reading!

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    1. Hi Jody! Did you receive PGPs for your previous involvement in the book club? I have never done this before and wonder what the process entails. Good luck with your classes.

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    2. I sure did, thanks! I think I had to email them in order to get them but I did get them.

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    4. Hi, Jody and Tammy. Looking forward to reading your insights as we read and blog.

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  72. My name is Laura Cross. I teach family and consumer sciences at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana. I am excited to be a part of this online book club!

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  74. My name is Reena Markstahler. I teach Biology and Anatomy at Southwood High School in Wabash, IN. This is my 2nd e-Learning book club.
    I join Cathy Gohman, Tammy Farlow, Sandy Gutzwiller, and Jody Stakeman from SHS in this book club

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  75. Hello and Happy Summer!!!! My name is Laurie Boykin. I am a 4th grade teacher from Shenandoah Elementary School, Shenandoah School Corporation. I am so very excited to be a part of this book club! Looking forward to learning a ton and growing as a professional!

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      Excited to be collaborating this summer with another 4th grade teacher! I love 4th grade. I have taught K-3 and spent the last 2 years in 4th. I think it's my new favorite. D :)

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  76. Hi All - I am Lyn Schneider and I teach AP Chemistry and honors Biology at Harrison High School. We are located in West Lafayette and are part of Tippecanoe School Corp. This is my first online book club so I am interested to see how this works. I am hoping to recharge my batteries for the fall with some good insights from this book.

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  77. Hi, My name is Giennie Dunn and I am a prek and preschool teacher at Nativity Catholic school. This is the second ebook club I have done and I am looking forward to learning new things and new ways to be connected!

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  78. Hi, My name is Giennie Dunn and I am a prek and preschool teacher at Nativity Catholic school. This is the second ebook club I have done and I am looking forward to learning new things and new ways to be connected!

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  79. Hello, my name is Teri Oliver. I teach kindergarten at New Palestine Elementary in the Southern Hancock school district. I have wanted to read this book, and now I have an excuse. Looking forward to reading this book in a comfy chair in the Indiana sunshine.

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      I have some friends that teach in your district. I had several teachers from one of you schools in an online class that I taught for Indiana Wesleyan University. Can't remember the elem. but think it might have had "Creek" in its name. Loved them. So fun! Also, I have know Jim Halik and his family forever. Went to HS with Jim, taught all 3 of his daughters, and worked with his wife, Connie, at Needham. Such a great family! It will be fun sharing the sunshine and a good book with you. D :)

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  80. Hi! My name is Jamie Faulk. I teach 3rd grade Math, Science, and Social Studies at Sullivan Elementary in Sullivan, IN.

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  81. Hello, everyone! I'm Chantell Manahan, and I teach English at Angola High School! I read What Connected Educators Do Differently with the Twitter Teacher Book Club (#TBookC) in April, and I can't wait to discuss this excellent book again! Our connections, in real life and through social media, are essential to keep us engaged and passionate about education, so I can't wait to make more here!

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  82. Hi my name is Melanie Trammell. I teach 1st grade at Greensburg Elementary School. I went to Indiana State University so I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Todd Whitaker and his wife was my education professor. I am anxious to read his book and participate in my first book club! I'm ready to read, learn, and be connected!!

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  83. I'm Amy Hedges. I teach 4th grade and manage the day-to-day technology at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Avon.

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  84. My name is Jennifer Collicott. I teach math at Harrison High School in Tippecanoe School Corporation.

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  85. Hello. I am Kathryn Evans and I teach in Northwest Indiana at Chesterton Middle School. I have been teaching Family and Consumer Science for the last 10 years and love it! I am looking forward to this this book club. What a great opportunity during the summer.

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  86. My name is Adelle Marvin and I teach 7th grade science at Roosevelt Middle School for Twin Lakes School Corporation in Monticello. This is my second ebook club (I did one in the fall) and I am looking forward to the "getting connected" topic!

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  87. Hello! Hopefully this will let me post today! My name is Karlan Varner and I teach Algebra 2 and Geometry at Southwood Jr. Sr. High school. This is my first book club experience so I am very excited to get going!

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      Hi! You will be so glad you did this eLearning Book Club this summer. It's a wonderfully inspiring way to earn some PGP's. I have always enjoyed the books and usually incorporate several ideas into my classroom.

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  88. Hello and Happy Summer! My name is Sarah Bardwell and I'm the principal at Holland Elementary and elementary media specialist for the two elems in our district. Looking forward to starting the book.

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  89. Hi everyone! My name is Kathy Sourbeer and I am the principal at Liberty Elementary School in Liberty, Indiana. This is my first ebook club and I am excited to read and share ideas.

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  90. Hi! I am Alysse (Aly) Riggle and I teach Music and Art at Weston Elementary in Greenfield, Indiana. I am excited to connect with different educators and excited about the book club to help me grow professionally!

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    2. Teaching Music and Art--wow. Multi-talented and multi-challenged. Let's connect.

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  91. My name is Terri Large, and I am a part-time Title 1 reading Interventionist at Triton Elementary in Bourbon, Indiana. Before coming to Triton, I was a fourth grade teacher at Riddle Elementary in Rochester. This is my first ebook club.

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  92. Hello, my name is Jaime Wolski, and I am a Music teacher at Harris Elementary in Greenfield, Indiana. This is my first ebook club. I'm very excited to start learning and connecting with other educators!

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  93. My name is Tiffany Rice. I teach 1st grade at Greensburg Elementary School. I am excited about this book and can't wait to participate in the conversations!

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  94. Hi, my name is Steffani Morrow and I am a Pre-K teacher for Early Learning Indiana in Indianapolis. I am very excited to take part in this ebook club!

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  95. Hello everyone! My name is Nancy Denny and I teach 3rd grade at O'Bannon Elementary which is in the School City of Hammond Corporation. Participating in an online book club sounds exciting and I'm looking forward to it.

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    2. Hi SCH buddy! I'm glad to see someone from Hammond doing the book club. What do you teach at Gavit?

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  96. Hello! I'm Tracy Young and I teach 2nd grade at Sunnyside Elementary (New Castle Community Schools). This is my 1st eLearning book club and I'm excited to get started! I'm currently completing my Technology Leadership Certification through CIESC at the end of June and am excited to continue this technology learning journey I've started with all of you in this book club :)

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  97. Hi, book club! I am Pat Schlup, Visual Arts Educator at Angola Middle School in the MSD of Steuben County. I've taught Visual Arts over 21 years now and am slowly going digital. This year we used Google Classroom and Sumopaint. I am hoping this book study will help me with more of a transition since next year my students will have chromebooks 24/7.

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      Franklin had the Google Educator Summit this past April. It was amazing! The teachers that went got a new Google Chromebook. I started the Google Classroom as soon as could. Did you try the Read and Write Toolbar with it? Amazing combination! D :)

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    2. I haven't tried the Read and Write Toolbar, but will check it out. Thanks.

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  98. Hello! My name is Andrea Griswold and I teach full day preschool and direct the Little Huskies Learning Center Program (Before and Aftercare and Preschool) for Hamilton Heights School District. This is my first ebook club and I am looking forward to participating!

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  99. My name is Dianna Bennis. I teach 4th grade at Needham Elem. in Franklin schools. I love online book clubs where the members collaborate online. I just found out about this book club today and am excited to chat with everyone. I'm also in another summer book club for educators, Learn Like a Pirate. We are blogging on our separate blogs about each chapter. Looking forward to our discussions. D :)

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    1. My Twitter is https://twitter.com/bennisbuzz. I also have a Facebook Page for our classroom. Also, BennisBuzz. We are always "buzzing" to share our exciting classroom news on Twitter and Facebook.

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    2. I just liked your FB page--very cool! The video about bullying has been shared on my FB page: Angola Middle School Art. I will also follow you on Twitter as soon as I get set up. :)

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  100. Hi, there! My name is Alison Schlotfeldt. I teach 9th and 10th grade English at East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. I also teach ENL at the high school level as well as the middle school level at East Noble. My book is supposed to ship today, so hopefully I can join in the conversation soon - looking forward to it! Twitter: @MissSchlo_EN

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    1. Hello, Alison! I teach 9th grade English at Southwood High School in Wabash, Indiana. I am also waiting on my book! Welcome to the group.

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  101. Hi, there! My name is Alison Schlotfeldt. I teach 9th and 10th grade English at East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana. I also teach ENL at the high school level as well as the middle school level at East Noble. My book is supposed to ship today, so hopefully I can join in the conversation soon - looking forward to it! Twitter: @MissSchlo_EN

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    Hello, my name is Chevin (rhymes with Kevin) Stone and I teach 8th grade science at Donald E Gavit Middle/High School in the School City of Hammond district. In addition to my primary teaching duties with children, I am the building technology liaison, tasked with guiding the staff on our journey into technology integration and educator connectiveness (is that a word?) I've started reading the book and I love it!! Good to "meet" everyone and hope to put names to faces at EngagED in Lowell next week for those attending there. (I"ll be the black chick with her locs piled up on top of her head)... HELLO AGAIN!!!

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    1. oh yeah, my Twitter handle is @csstone1161 Ihttp://twitter.com/csstone1161) and I blog at http://solve4why.org

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  103. Hello, my name is Chad Sickbert and I am the assistant principal at Southridge High School in Huntingburg, IN. I have had a Twitter account for some time, but have not used it to its full potential. My challenge to myself along with participating in this book study is to develop and UTILIZE my twitter account for professional growth.

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    1. Hello there Mr. Sickbert! My cousin, Mikayla Sander just graduated from Southridge. I thought your name looked familiar! :)

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  105. Hello! I look forward to learning with you all this summer. I recently finished my first year as an elementary principal with Union Township School Corporation.

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  106. Hi! I am a special education teacher at Winchester Community High School. I am looking forward to reading with everyone.

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      Hello! I graduated from Jay County High School and grew up not far from Winchester, Indiana. Welcome to the group.

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  107. I teach 6th grade science at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School (near Warsaw.) Our classes are notebook based, hands-on inquiry science. We use some technology, but there is room for more application. I use technology to grow professionally, but I am looking forward to finding more good people and resources to follow.

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  108. Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I currently teach K-3 art. I travel to three different elementary schools in Greenfield, In. teaching art. This is my first ebook club, and I look forward to learning with all of you.

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  109. Hi all! I'm Megan Tiscareno, a Reading teacher at Clark Middle School in Whiting. Looking forward to chatting with you all about this book.

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  110. Hello, my name is Stephanie Kromer, and I am an English teacher at Garrett High School in Garrett, Indiana. I am extremely fortunate to be teaching in a personalized learning program for grades 9-12 and am currently using my summer break to collaborate with three other teachers in the program to work on preparing for the upcoming school year. I have started the book and found the information very helpful in developing and enhancing my PLN.

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  111. Hi. My name is Ruthanne Bolling, and I'm the instructional coach at Fairview Elementary School in Richmond, Indiana. My book just arrived, and I'm looking forward to learning and growing this summer.

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  112. Hi! I'm Teresa Minton and I teach kindergarten at Nativity School in Indianapolis. I'm glad to be able to spend some time reading and learning with all of you this summer!

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  113. Hello, my name is Stephanie Willmert and I'm from Wabash, IN. I taught the last two years as a special education teacher at Southwood Jr/Sr High School and will be teaching at Southwood Elementary School this coming fall. I have been teaching special education for two years. I completed the eLearning book club last summer and am interested to see what new information this summer's book club brings.

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    1. Hi, Stephanie! Glad to see your name here. I'm proud so many of us from Southwood participate in this professional development opportunity.

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  115. Happy to say I teach at Southwood High School in Wabash, Indiana, with Sandy, Tammy, Jody, Cathy, Reena, Karlan, and Stephanie. We have a great energy and cooperative spirit in our building, and I am lucky to teach English 9 and Current Events at Southwood. This is my sixth book club; thank you for continuing to offer this as a professional development choice. I can hardly believe it, but this will be my 30th year of teaching!

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    1. Welcome! Glad to see that you have joined us! Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  116. I am Chris Ashmore-Good and I teach Chemistry and Physics at Wapahani High School in Selma. I'm joining late but I really want to become a Connected Educator. I hope this will help to take away some, if not all, of the feeling of being overwhelmed by technology.

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  117. Hi all. I am Nicole Stanifer and I teach in the FACS department at Mishawaka High School. Thanks to all who set up and promote these opportunities

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  118. Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Hollingsworth and I work at the Technology Academy at Bon Air Elementary in Kokomo Schools. The schools in our district each have a different initiative and focus. We are one of two 1:1 elementary schools in the district. I was formerly the instructional technology facilitator and helped teachers along their journey to integrate technology effectively in their classrooms. This February, my role was changed to instructional coach. I continue to work with teachers on their technology integration but also support literacy and math areas. I have a passion for teaching with technology. I have taught both third and fifth grades and was always interested in bringing in technology with my students. These past few years my fuel for learning has been ignited with all the incredible tools we have available to use in classrooms today. I am excited to learn and become "connected educators" together!

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