Lisa Johnson (@techchef4u) recently wrote a post for Edudemic titled, “These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work“. Lisa talks about the growing trend of differentiated professional development opportunities and resources for educators. She included a quote from Austin Kleon that really resonated with me:
“There’s only stuff worth stealing, and stuff that’s not worth stealing.”
Many teachers in my district think I’m so “tech smart”. Sadly, I’m really not. I just surround myself with extremely smart and creative co-workers and members of my PLN. The entire purpose for having a PLN is to gain the necessary knowledge needed to become better educators for our students. If you have a great idea, share it!
Lisa recently tweeted a request:
I immediately responded with my confession. I stole it. Yes, it was an idea worth stealing from the incredible Susan Oxnevad (@soxnevad). I participated in the Teacher Thinglink Challenge over the summer and noticed she had utilized Thinglink as a PD calendar widget located in the sidebar of her blog. This is a great way for me to let teachers know when and where I will be offering PD in our district. Now that I’ve fessed up, here’s how to do it.
- Create your own calendar image using software of your choice or search for royalty free stock images from sites like this one.
- Upload your calendar image to Thinglink and add media tags providing additional information.
- Copy the embed code from your interactive image and paste in your sidebar widget. In my case, I used the text widget in Edublogs. You can play around with the width, if needed, within the html code.
That’s it. Easy Peasy.
So, I would like to start a challenge (much like the ALS bucket challenge). I’m starting with the 3 people from which I steal the most, Lisa Johnson (@techchef4u), Terri Eichholz (@terrieichhotz), and Susan Oxnevad (@soxnevad). What is one idea worth stealing that made you a better educator/blogger? Share your experience through a blog post, tweet, or whatever platform you prefer. Make sure to pass on the challenge so we can all benefit from new knowledge. Use the #LMSchallenge. GO.