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Twitter is My Life Line- What Happens When It Goes Down?

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope the coming year brings you much joy, relaxation, and fundamental enjoyment around the most important events in your life in the coming new year.  One major event I am looking forward to is our oldest son's wedding in the Caribbean in late Spring. I am so proud of him and his beautiful finance Krissy, they are truly meant to be together- and are so very happy. I am also pleased to say that I am very happy in my life- with my family, work and active lifestyle- and can't wait for the new year to bring much inspired new learning to my everyday adventures. 
Much of my inspired educational learning comes from my PLN of Twitter. Today as I launched my browser then Tweetdeck to welcome the morning with familiar Twitter friends- I was faced with the big blue whale- as this is the symbol that Twitter is over capacity. I thought- no worries- refreshed my browser- and relaunched Tweetdeck once again- but it happened again.  I think I cried a little inside at …

Christmas Blend- What Makes You Perk?

Did you know that Starbucks makes a great cup of coffee around the holidays known as their annual Christmas Blend?  It is smooth, robust with a rich bold flavor- with a hint of reindeer they proclaim. You actually feel special to drink this holiday cheer and are willing to spread the good news.  What is it that certain things in life motivate us to want to share our good fortune, share a new learned skill or dabble in to a risk and try something new or just plain makes us perk?
I ponder these questions often and I know it is different for each of us.  What are you going to try new this year to excite your inner passions, to make change and learn a new skill? Why not try jumping into the wonderful world of the Adobe Digital School Tools known as ADSC?
It is so easy to try, just download a 30 day trial of the version of your choice between Adobe Elements, Adobe Premier, Adobe Acrobat X. Watch a preview of what the Adobe tool can do for you through Adobe TV and see how the creation suite …

What Have You Done Today To Inspire a Monday Morning Impact?

Happy Monday Everyone!
Just finished an Adobe Connect webinar with Western Wisconsin educational lealders, and as a collective group we made a Monday Morning Impact with sharing best practices of recent conferences we all have attended. Some topics that came to discussion points were addressing technology integration training and how have districts addressed this topic of a mandatory event or should it be included in PLC's.  Other hot topics we addressed included student's perspectives of the teaching and learning environments and the importance of their voice in the learning environment.  When was the last time you posed a question to your students of "How do you learn best?" - or "If you could change three physical attributes in your learning space- what would you include/change and why?" 
These questions always leave me pondering and I wonder "What would students say?"  One thing I know for sure is that the new teaching and learning environments…

Adobe ADSC Continued with Monday Morning Impact Contest

Many of you are aware that I am running an Adobe ADSC (Adobe Digital School Collection) contest on my blog and this is one of many chances to get on this innovating event. This blog post will introduce you to the collection suite and the value added of how it can entice your students with being curators of their own digital designs. For contest rules see below for a chance to win an ADSC suite for your classroom. *Just add your blog reflection following this post to automatically be entered into the contest!
The ADSC is comprised of Adobe Photoshop Elements, a tool to edit and enhance your photos. Adobe Premier, a tool to edit and enhance your videos. Adobe Acrobat X, a tool to create PDF communications, eportfolios, collaborate more easily, and streamline reviews. All of these tools make up a great suite of digital resources to empower your students and you as an educator to create high quality digital products. The tool we will focus on today is Adobe Photoshop Elements and the rich …

Morning Blend: Edublog Awards

I am extremely honored to be nominated this year for an Edublogs lifetime achievement award from several outstanding educators.  It is a humbling experience to note that my professional and personal character influences so many while making a positive learning impact with educational leaders around the nation. Please take a moment to view all the outstanding and wonderful nominees that Edublogs has listed this year and cast your vote in support of their efforts.  Your vote will make a difference to celebrate the new and upcoming curators- and collaborators stepping into this educational journey for the first time of for several years.  This also provides a virtual thank you to this amazing individuals and noting their accomplishments to continue their gallant efforts to make a positive change in education and their sharing of knowledge.
Thanks to all of you for your commitment to education and contributing to the positive change our world and our students needs to see every day! Thanks…

Evening Blend- Adobe Digital School Collection Contest

Adobe Digital School Collection

Greetings Everyone-  Tis' the season to celebrate and enjoy the holidays in the months of December and January. The holidays can bring much holiday cheer for many and some unsuspected surprises as well. I would like to add to that list of unsuspected but pleasant holiday surprises with sharing some unique and new learning opportunities for all of you that will take place over the next 6-8 weeks. 

I have been asked to be part of the Adobe Influencer community with many unique educators this past year. Adobe Influencers include innovative thinkers and designers consisting of administrators, educators and teacher leaders. I must say this is a privilege and honor to learn from a team of forward thinking individuals from around the nation. As part of being an Adobe Influencer, we do have the opportunity to test drive some creative Adobe design tools and share our critical feedback of how we would us these resources to enrich the classroom…

The Morning Blend- K12 Online Conference

Greetings Everyone,
Have been traveling and presenting quite a bit these past two weeks, and I am finally back home for the Thanksgiving holidays. I especially enjoy this time to be home with my family and enjoy great conversations, delicious food and taking time to relax and reflect on being thankful for all the good things occurring in my life.
I am very thankful for my immediate family, but I also have a greater technology family that is an extension to my personal family.  And this technology family is growing by leaps and bounds.  I want to share the latest news with all of you about a great "Morning Blend" segment to tap into during the holidays over the next three weeks.  It is the annual K12 Online Conference.  This online conference is a FREE professional development opportunity to tap into- and best of all- it meets your busy schedule- yes this true- you have 24/7 access to view any of the uploaded prerecorded sessions from educational technology experts from aro…

The Morning Blend ~ Math Focus

Enjoying that first cup of coffee this morning and wanted to share a few tips and strategies with infusing blended learning into your day, but with a Math focus. A question was posed yesterday from my good friend Jennifer Malphy aka @jmalphy on Twitter and on the WI listserv on how she can support her math teachers instruction with infusing the right type of technology tools and resources into the math classroom. First of all, I commend the Math teacher with collaborating with Jen on this topic, second I like the way the Math teacher is thinking to add "richness" to his class to active new learning in his classroom and thinking outside of the box.  This particular rural WI  school has had training with Google apps  and really dug into the forms and surveys and found great success.  Other readers responded and shared the resource of "Google Sketchup" to support this teachers resource collection. Yes, this is a perfect fit as well.
I guess I was thinking differently w…

The Morning Blend

November is now upon us and the Fall season is in full swing in SE Minnesota. With the changing of the seasons, comes the setting of the clocks back one hour, finalizing last minute Fall cleaning in the Harm household, picking up and making it through a seasonal head-cold, and looking into new innovative and creative ideas to engage my PLN followers of Twitter, the Intel Engage Community and Simplek12.
My focus for the last two remaining months of 2011 will target the theme of "The Morning Blend." I, like many others, enjoy a good cup of freshly ground and brewed coffee to start my day, read through my RSS feeds, Twitter posts and Intel Engage Community updates and global shares of many resources. This is when I am at the top of my game and most refreshed to jump-start my learning for the day.
So my thought was...... why not start a morning ritual of "The Morning Blend" to share out a unique resource for the day beyond my Twitter PLN,  and note how it contributes…

Fall is a Time For Giving Back

Fall is a time for giving back
Today is October 1st.  The Fall season is upon us in the Midwest of the USA and this is my favorite time of year.  I enjoy the beautiful Fall colors of the crimson rose, burnt orange and honeycrisp yellows from the changing colors of the leaves that surround us.

With the changing of the seasons comes a changing of professional gears for me- as this is my time of year to give back in another fashion. Each Fall I put together a large collection of grant listings for educators to dig into to see if they can unveil or write for some technology gems for their classroom- which you will find attached to this post.  Some of the grants are just a one page proposal where others will take much more time and dedication to write a grant narrative of many pages.  Either way- it can be a wonderful technology Fall challenge and a reward at the same time time to find some hidden treasures to supplement your classroom with technology resources and tools.
Good l…

Innovative Educator Technology Academy Final Reflections

The Innovative Educator has been a whirlwind of an event!  Great collaborative conversations about educational technology, administrative leadership, QR Code scavenger hunts, technology tools and gadgets, and planning of next steps of implementation within the K12 teaching and learning environment.
To add to all of this excitement. Kyle Pace was our midweek afternoon keynote virtual presenter through Skype.  Kyle shared a robust and positive message on the importance of PLN's social networks and being 21st century curators of knowledge and resources.  He truly inspired  our technology academy attendees! Here is a quote from one of our attendees reflections to showcase the immediate connections made and putting the "walk the talk" into practice----
"What was your greatest learning takeaway during the Innovative Educator Technology Academy and why?"
"I discovered and learned many new things from this academy, from practical technology shortcuts to best practice…

Innovative Educator Technology Academy Day 1

Greetings Ed Tech Campers,
Our Day 1 of activities will begin by tomorrow at the Onalaska Middle School in Onalaska, WI. The Innovative Educator technology training team is pumped to share their expertise with their technology attendees, but also look forward to the networked collaboration and share session they will participate in as well. Day 1 activities will encompass a warm and friendly welcome from the new Onalaska superintendent, Dr. Fran Finco followed by an inspirational keynote from Shelly Terrell about the power of social networks.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an education activist, thought-provoker, and international speaker. She is also the VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She is also the co-organizer and co-creator of the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the Virtual Round Table conference. The New York Times learning blog has included her on its list of the top 78 ed…