ECM #10 Karen Lirenman: Interview with outstanding K-2 Teacher 2013 #iste2013 @klirenman

First grade teacher Karen Lirenman (@klirenman) has won the Kay L Bitter Award for innovative leadership in the K-2 classroom. She received this award at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio. You'll want to see what the younger classroom can be by listening to what she's doing. Wow!

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Karen Lirenman is a grade one teacher in Surrey, British Columbia who loves to provide her students with choice in how they learn, show, and share their knowledge. She engages them globally through video conferencing, twitter, and blogging and uses technology as seamlessly as possibly to make this all happen. She started teaching in 1992.

Professional blog http://www.learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.ca/
Class twitter @MsLsClass. Class blog. http://www.mslirenmansroom.blogspot.ca/

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Essential Questions

  • You joined Twitter in 2011 and it changed your life. How?
  • You have your first grade students create hashtags. How?
  • How do you have your first grade students Tweet without problems? Doesn't it make you nervous?
  • How did your class communicate with an author over Twitter?
  • You say that “your first graders are in control of what to share with the world,” what are some of the things they choose to share with the world?
  • How do you use video conferencing? How do you pick whether to use Skype, Google Hangout or Facetime?
  • Describe how your classroom technology is setup in the classroom?
  • You describe your teaching style as one “that empowers students to choose the tool that fits best for them” how does this look? How do you give choice in the math class?
  • What are your student's favorite apps?
  • How are your students writing fiction and nonfiction stories and how do they publish their work?
  • How do you tie in your personal and professional blog in a way that protects your student's privacy?
  • If a teacher is getting iPads, but they are nervous, how does the teacher get started?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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