Discovering Useful Ideas

If “chance favors the connected mind,” as Steven Johnson maintains, what are some of the best strategies educators can use to discover new ideas useful for teaching and learning? Learn how to use the free apps Flipboard and Nuzzle,Twitter lists, and other strategies to more effectively discover, save and share ideas useful professionally and personally. Learn why it is important to customize your personal or classroom Twitter account to show others your particular educational focus and interests. Learn to use Twitter hashtags to connect locally and globally to learn and grow as a professional educator.

Discover And Curate Ideas...our Classroom ‎(June 2016)‎


Get Connected:

  1. Create a Twitter account & follow some educator lists
  2. Configure & starting using Flipboard to follow Twitter Lists
  3. Use Nuzzel to filter & find top links from your PLN
  4. Use Gobo to powerfully filter your Twitter & Facebook feeds

Save NOW Consume LATER:

  1. Start using your YouTube Watch Later playlist
  2. Configure & use Pocket on your laptop and mobile device (F)
  3. Listen to Audiobooks with Audible
  4. Listen to free educational podcasts with PocketCasts (F)

Books to Read

  1. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson (@stevenbjohnson) - Also watch the PBS series!
  2. "Here Comes Everybody" by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)


View the October 2015 version of this Google presentation.

Why Become a Connected Educator?

  1. That's like asking "why use electricity" in the 1880s
  2. Moonshot Thinking (video)