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Tech.it.u PLN Follow Friday

Okay, so I've had a lot of folks that are new to Twitter ask me this week about the folks I follow. It got me thinking. Follow Friday's, or "#ff" have become a Twitter standard practice. Since we're all psyched about Will Richardson's suggestions of building our own networks yesterday, I thought we should do a Tech.it.u PLN Follow Friday.

For the good of the cause, choose one or two of your Tweeps, whom you consider to share very relevant, challenging, or useful information on a regular basis. Compose a quick tweet on Friday (that's tomorrow already) like this:

#techitu #ff @jgates513 @willrich45 Great consistent tweets on #edtechLet us know briefly why you follow them. Do they post on your subject? Do they share great Edtech resources? Do they challenge you and sharpen your practice?

Those of us trying to build our own PLN via Twitter can watch these #ff posts and choose, hopefully, to follow those who are most relevant to us.

Good luck and great tweetin…

Students as Contributors

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In preparation for an upcoming conference (Tech.it.u), I was asked to watch this and comment on this question: "What legacy do you think your students can create to make a contribution for other students or the community?"

Wow! I'm so pumped after watching this video. I "heart" TED talks as it is, but I was blow away by how much this resonated with what is happening in my experience right now. At Spring Grove Middle School we've been ramping up to replace our cross curricular project with a service-learning initiative. I teach a CIT course to seventh and eighth- grade students that focuses on what Vicky Davis, the "Coolcat Teacher" refers to as Technology Fluency. To accomplish this I typically develop various Project Based Learning units that compose the entire nine weeks I have students for. Recently, in light of our looming service learning initiative and the disengagement of about 7-10 % of my students with my current project, I decided this …