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#ISTE14 Is Over but the Learning Is Just Getting Started

By Angela Maiers

ISTE is more than meetups, and social media is more than tools. It is a series of W.O.W. moments that take your breath away, and I am honored to share mine with you.

Even if you weren’t able to attend ISTE this year, you can benefit from the knowledge sharing that took place in Atlanta. Below are resources that can empower you to inspire some W.O.W. moments of your own.

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Passion-Driven Leadership

By Angela Maiers

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“Passion is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without passion.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passion is the single most important asset we have as individuals, SMB’s and corporate leaders. It differentiates us consistently over time, and needs to be nurtured, evolved, & invigorated by the people entrusted to keep it true and alive. Two years ago I was given the …read more

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Tactical Serendipity: Is Randomness Part of Your Leadership Strategy?

By Angela Maiers

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Have you ever come across an idea, met a person, or found a valuable resource that was precisely what you needed at exactly that moment in time?

These simple “happy accidents” bring us surprise & joy. But more than that, they are essential to moving us forward as leaders & learners.

Serendipity powers the social web. Tools and technologies are being created every day to increase our chances of “bumping into” something or someone we aren’t expecting, but greatly need.

I have built a network of fascinating and generous people online. These “random collisions with unusual suspects,” as my friend Saul …read more

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A Daily Dose of Habitudes

By Angela Maiers

As I wrote last May, Classroom Habitudes, published in 2008, is more popular now than ever, with book studies popping up every week and entire districts and even states full of teachers reading the book.

To celebrate, we’ll be announcing an online course about the Habitudes next month, and we’ve launched this Facebook page that spotlights a different Habitude each day. It is curated by the remarkable teacher-in-training, Maggie Moran.

Click here to LIKE the Facebook page and enjoy Maggie’s work each day and to keep abreast of new developments relating to the teaching of Classroom …read more

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Reflection on #Choose2Matter: Each Student is a Masterpiece

By Angela Maiers

Two weeks ago we took Choose2Matter LIVE to the Estherville Lincoln Central School District in northwest Iowa. It was an incredible two days in a very special place, with remarkable, brave leaders and students who astounded me in so many ways.

Here is a reflection on the two days from Technology Integration Specialist Jenny Nichtals, who played an indispensable role in making the event a grand success.

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First and foremost I have to thank the leader of our district, Tara Paul for making this all a possibility.
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Jumping into Genius Hour — Guest Post by Tony Klein

By Angela Maiers

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In the midst of this frigid winter, my heart was warmed during a visit to Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District in northern Iowa. The teachers and administrators there are extremely passionate and are ready for change in the classroom. With the support of his colleagues, history teacher Tony Klein boldly made the leap to bring Genius Hour into his classroom! In this post, he shares his reasoning behind the decision and his vision for the journey. Stay tuned to Tony’s blog and follow him on Twitter @tklein11 for updates and …read more

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Resources for #NETA14 Presentations By Angela Maiers

By Angela Maiers

This week I will present two sessions at the 2014 Nebraska Educational Technology Association Annual Conference (hashtag #NETA14).

My morning keynote is titled, “Liberating Genius.”

Liberating Genius is an over-arching term for our Choose2Matter movement and related work that we are doing and planning. Students aren’t the only ones who need to matter; so do teachers, administrators, organizations, companies, communities and, well, let me say it: every other person or entity on earth.

We’ve worked with schools and a church group so far, and we plan to offer it to communities, companies, and faith-based organizations …read more

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Choose2Matter LIVE Comes to Estherville, Iowa – Please Follow Along!

By Angela Maiers

Tomorrow, Choose2Matter LIVE visits Estherville, Iowa. We are spending the day with all 1,400 students in the entire district! It will be unpredictable, nerve-wracking, chaotically beautiful, and utterly, gloriously life-changing for everyone present.

Pictures, videos and other content will be shared by participants on Twitter and other social media channels using the hashtags #Choose2Matter #ELCCSD PLEASE TWEET A MESSAGE OF INSPIRATION TO THE STUDENTS NOW!

Updates about the Choose2Matter LIVE experience will be posted regularly to the ELC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/405038082884748 throughout the event.

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Broke, Busted and Disgusted – Can We Spare Students This Fate?

By Angela Maiers

Adam Carroll is a longtime friend and colleague from Des Moines who is dedicated to teaching people to be more financially literate. He has a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to finalize his documentary about the student debt loan epidemic in America called Broke, Busted & Disgusted. Please consider donating!

Financial literacy is an important topic for students I meet at Choose2Matter LIVE events. A group of students from East Greenwich High School is working to make financial literacy part of the core curriculum in RI.

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Increase Learning By Securing Students’ Hearts

By Angela Maiers

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A simple yet powerful way to let students know they matter is by using what I call the 2-5-2 method on a daily basis:

  • Ask all teachers to greet each student by name as they enter the class, and then make a positive remark about several students in the first two minutes of class.
  • Commend at least five students in each class period for their contributions to the discussion.
  • Finally, reserve two minutes at the end of each class to reflect on what everyone learned that day.

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