Sunday, September 5, 2010

Life Long Learning Made Easier

The picture at the right is a plaque that hangs outside by office at school. Back in the 60s with the decoupage craze in full bloom, I created this plaque to remind me of one of my goals in education. Little did I know the impact this statement would have on my life! During my educational career I have experienced the following transitions: purple ditto machines to the zerox copiers, Underwood typewriters to computers, crank phone on the wall to the iphone in my pocket, USPS (snail mail) to twitter, Dick and Jane readers to My, have I seen changes in communication, technology, and education!
Now is the time for all educators to take a critical look at their own professional development. Kathleen McGeady @kathmcgeady and Edna Sackson @whatedsaid, along with technology of the day, have created the solution for making it much easier for one to be a life long learner. I read a blog today written by Mrs. Ripp at 4thGrdTeach. She challenges those who say one of their goals in teaching is to make life long learners of their students. Listen up Mrs. Ripp at 4thGrdTeach. Maybe you can’t promises to make life long learners out of your students in one year, but they may be well on their way if you introduce our students to Kathleen McGeady list of technologies: twitter, blogs, google reader, podcasts, skype, and wikis/nings.
Read Kathleen McGeady’s post “Here are my 10 tops ways to engage in Professional Development in 2010” @ Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom.


  1. Hi Rich
    Thanks for mentioning me. Honestly, I have learnt more from twitter and blogging than any other PD in years! This was my version of the 10 ways to grow as an educators idea.
    The best thing about it has been making real connections with educators all over the world, irrespective of age, experience, background, type of school etc.

  2. Edna, I find the conncections I make on twitter energizing. The love and passion for kids and learning just seems to ooze from their words. Kids are so instinctive and they feel this love and passion. They relate to the technology but connection with love and passion coming from their teachers. Thanks for your contributiona to education and for touching teacher around the globe in a most positive manner.