Time to get LinkedIn with Your Social Media Presence – USATime to get LinkedIn with Your Social Media Presence – Education Article

Having a strong and professional social media presence is critical when entering the job market. LinkedIn is a key platform to make sure you are doing just that. One of the most important things to remember about LinkedIn is to make sure it represents you. It is not uncommon for recruiters to screen candidates on LinkedIn before meeting them. Imagine getting asked a question about something on your LinkedIn that you don’t even remember posting. How embarrassing! That is why…

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My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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Highlights from our digital media unit – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

On Friday, we had two class assemblies all about digital media and how people can use it to express themselves. As a blogger and social media advocate, I was bursting with pride. Our digital literacy coaches, Ryan Krakofsky and Fred Yue, were in the audience and loving it too. The assemblies rounded off a great How We Express Ourselves unit but, more importantly, demonstrated a huge mind shift in our school community. Digital media is something to embrace and leverage,…

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Stop Blaming Social Media – Education Article

Recently most of the world has become familiar with the term “fake news.” These alternative facts are pervasive and infect all facets of our lives. From our twitter streams to talking heads on television it seems like we can not escape facts being outright fake, or the perception that they are. What’s worse is most students can’t determine whether what they see or read is real or fake. We can’t blame those that create the facts. We can’t blame the…

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21st Century Learning Conference 2019 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the 11th Annual 21st Century Learning Conference (my first time at this event) and it was even better than I knew it would be. The only thing better than the presentations was the company. It was the biggest collection of amazing teachers that I have ever witnessed. So inspiring and energising! It felt like my entire PLN was there and it was very special to finally meet some of these connections face…

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I did it! Google Certified Innovator #SYD19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

On Tuesday afternoon, I received an email from the Certified Innovator Program with ‘congratulations’ in the subject. I couldn’t believe it. I read the whole email twice just to make sure I hadn’t misinterpreted. Without thinking, I then slammed my hand on the desk in celebration (to the shock of the colleagues around me). I don’t recall any other email or piece of news ever making me feel that overjoyed! Five days later, I’m still pinching myself! I’m going to…

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Elevate Your Mindset – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I had the great pleasure of meeting Trevor MacKenzie, author of Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset. He was briefly in Hong Kong with his two-day workshop. I was unable to attend but that didn’t stop us from getting together in the evening. After one or two drinks with our mutual friend, Jennifer Wathall (author of  Concept-Based Mathematics), I showed him some of the sights of Hong Kong. Trevor is exactly as he seems on Twitter: a genuinely nice guy…

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Teaching our Languages #TeachingOurLanguages (by Graham Noble) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Graham Noble is a Grade 4-6 ESL teacher at Delia School of Canada but will be starting an English-Humanities position at Han Academy, Hong Kong, in the fall of 2019. Graham completed an MA in International Education from the University of Bath. He writes about language, literacy, teaching and bilingualism on his blog. You can follow him on Twitter @grahamwnoble. I want to thank Adam for this opportunity to share about a project I started recently where I have invited ELLs…

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Ten blogs that inspire this one (second edition) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

A while ago, I listed ten education blogs that inspire this one. If you missed it, I encourage you to read that first list and follow all of those inspirational bloggers. Those ten blogs continue to inspire me but, as suspected, I had forgotten some that also deserved to be on that list. I have also discovered many new blogs since then. Therefore, I have listed ten more blogs that inspire this one and deserve your attention (in no particular…

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Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal We live in amazing times where readily accessible research and connectivity converge to not only transform practices but also provide the means to share them for the benefit of others.  However, there is a big difference between talk or desire to innovate and an evidence base that illustrates an actual improvement grounded in better outcomes.  Now, I am not…

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Sydney 2019 Google Certified Innovator Academy #SYD19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, it was a great honour to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy in Sydney and graduate as an official Innovator. I just joined the most phenomenal, inspiring and elite group of educators in the world and enjoyed the best week of my career! I’m struggling with this blog post because, genuinely, I don’t know where to start. I could choose any hour of this week at random and it would be worthy of a blog post in itself.…

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Hundreds of students in UK sanctioned over racist or offensive online posts | Education

Hundreds of university students have been disciplined or expelled for making racist, sexually explicit or homophobic comments on social media in recent years, it has been revealed. A number of top universities have punished students for posting Islamophobic, racist, antisemitic, homophobic and transphobic comments, or pictures of offensive weapons being brandished and other offensive content online. Data obtained through freedom of information requests from 92 universities in the UK shows 277 students have been sanctioned for this kind of behaviour…

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Telling our Student’s Stories – Education Article

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students have stories to tell. As educators, we can impact our profession by sharing the stories of student successes (and perhaps struggles.) In today’s episode, Jamie Ewing talks about his new YouTube channel and why he finds sharing student stories to be a powerful way to help the profession of teaching. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses…

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How to Crowdfund Your Teacher Certification – Education Article

We hear it all the time- “I’d love to do this program, but I can’t afford it!” We hear you. The cost of getting a teaching certification (usually involving going back to school and paying thousands to get a degree, while taking time off from a paid job) is something few people can afford to do. Too much time, too much money. That’s where we come in. Designed by the Department of Education to bring teacher certification within reach of…

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Introducing our YouTube channel ‘For Teachers’ (by Katie Tollitt) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I would like to pass creative control over to my friend Katie Tollitt, creator of For Teachers YouTube channel. Like me, Katie is keen to share her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with the teaching community. Alongside friend and co-creator Ryan Speed, she creates content about her current teaching role in Hong Kong as well as her experience teaching in the UK. As their first ever subscriber back in January, it has been exciting for me to watch the channel grow…

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Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Hi! I’m Sam Fecich a professor, educator, and huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (PSL)! Seriously, guys, I am the type of person who is counting down the days in August until PSLs are back on the menu. Most days of the week you can find me in my office at Grove City College working with students or teaching preservice teachers about educational technology or special education. During my courses, preservice teachers learn how to hone their digital presence, unite…

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