Monthly Archives: Jan 2017

Professional Development, Social Media, Webinars

Social Media: Dynamic for Professional Development & Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN) – Webinar Re-Cap

If you missed the live webinar, “Social Media: Building a PLN,” be sure to check out the event recording below.  Tyler Amidon, Denver Christian School Middle School Principal and Director of Student Life, presented an hour full of great ideas, advice, and resources for building your personal learning network utilizing social media.

Slides: Copies of the CSI Webinar – Social Media for Building a PLN slides cane be viewed/downloaded as a PDF with active links to resources that Tyler mentioned during the live event. Just click the link above.

Link to the webinar recording:

Helpful contact info:  If you have questions for Tyler Amidon following his webinar, you can reach him on Twitter @tyleramidon or email

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Guest Post, Professional Development, Teaching

Skype in the Classroom: Where Can You Take Your Students?

skype_logo“So, where do you get your fish from?” asked one student.

“Can I buy your fish in the store?” asked another.

These were just two of the many questions asked by our 7th grade social studies class last year when they took a virtual field trip to a fish farm. While talking to the owner, they learned about the process of raising fish for commercial purposes in connection with their studies of the impact of fishing on the economy of southeast Asia. The farm, located near Ames, Iowa, is approximately a three-hour drive from our school in the northwest corner of the state.

When we first heard about opportunities to connect our students with farmers through Siouxland Ag in the Classroom, a number of teachers jumped at the opportunity to link the work in their classrooms with relevant and meaningful experiences outside the classroom. However, as great as it all sounded, we didn’t have time in the school day or money in the budget to bus students around to learn about the ins and outs of a variety of farming styles.

Welcome to 21st century learning, courtesy of…Skype!

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