Wednesday, 2 December 2015

MIE Expert first connection call

Wow - what a buzz. An amazing, inspiring hour from awesome presenters and lots of great ideas and motivation.
I thought I would put a few of the links and ideas here for any #MIEexperts - I am a visual learner so really like things written down!!!
 Some things are specific to MIE Experts (I have put these at the bottom) but a lot are useful for everyone. If you are not signed up at the Microsoft Educator site - you should be! Go there now.
There are some amazing opportunities for anyone to have free online Professional Development.

Check out these educasts. They will be on demand if you can't attend at the time.

If you want to be creative and learn how to use technology to disrupt a boring classroom environment by putting learning in the hands of the students then you need to check out the #hacktheclassroom event.

Get involved in the Skypeathon on Dec 3 and Dec 4 - a great way to be connected.
Even those who are on holiday can participate as guest speakers.

I really enjoyed the session with Rafranz Davis (@rafranzdavis) who is an MIE expertwith great ideas about "Building your brand".
Her advice:
  • Your twitter handle should be your name – own it.
  • She suggests getting a domain name of your own – when someone wants to know who you are, who is better to tell them but yourself.
  • Search yourself – important you know what is being said and what is out there.
  • Check out Rafranz's book "The Missing Voices in EdTech:Bringing Diversity into EdTech".
  • Follow people outside education, follow people who are inspiring. Follow professionals in other fields.
  • Share the work of others. When you read a blog post share it and attribute it.
  • Contribute – teachers feel like what they have to say is not good enough. If you have an idea, share it – it will be new to someone. It is valuable because it came from you 
  • Use tweetdeck
  • People she suggests to follow: #MIEexpert of course!!#IStedepln
  • Best platform for starting a blog: Wordpress, Medium is a good platform, has a built in network and can immediately share with twitter. Weebly – students can get free accounts – get a group of people to share codes, you can get credits.
  • Tweet hint – read the tweets of those before you follow them
My personal view is that I like Blogger purely because I started on it when writing a blog for school - but you need a Google account for it. I love using Weebly for websites though and many of my students have found it really easy.

Some notes specific to MIE Experts:
Twitter for Sonja Delafosse
Social Chorus: Minnia Feng
Email her at if you'd like to be featured in Daily Edventures!
Social media 101 sway with info in it that we heard today.

It takes 24hrs to have the Expert badge show up.

New educator community – help to merge partners in learning network with new community
Help button – orange one at bottom will do a work ticket to change emails over etc.

MIE experts should use the #MIEExpert and the #MSFTEdu hashtag

Do local regional face to face meetings with other MIE experts.
March 9 – livestream Budapest conference

Use Teachmeet to empower educators around you. How are you building a community of teachers in your area to make them amazing?

The hour went so quickly - I am just pleased I managed to get some notes and ideas down so I could reflect on them again. I am really looking forward to engaging with everything and everyone.

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