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Forget about differentiation, targeted tutoring, and visual image strategies – SCN Encourager

By Tom Page, SCN Founder | The Encourager

My brand new learning approach has just made them obsolete.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 9.39.51 PMYou can now pack ’em away with those dusty boxes in the back storage room labeled “District Y2K Response Plan.”

My innovative learning approach is on the leading edge of 22nd century education.

Although it has yet to earn a single testimonial of praise or be tagged as an educational best practice by anyone,“so what?”

This won’t stop a state legislature somewhere from making it a future unfunded mandate on hard-pressed schools once they hear about it.

My sure-fire game changer transcends the need for research and data.

Let me describe it for you.

If you carefully follow this five-step learning regimen, you too can grow in your professional skills and knowledge day-by-day.

#1 Start a blog.
#2 Write about topics grounded in your experience and expertise.
#3 Email and tweet out links about your blog.
#4 Thank the readers who were impressed by your blog and appreciated your insights.
(OK. This step hasn’t actually happened yet – but I’ll be ready!)
#5 Thank the readers who noticed your blog and got back to you with additions and corrections.

So, do you see the built-in magic of my new system?
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Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Canva to Create Quotes for Social Media

By Erin Luckhardt, SCN's tech guru (when she's not teaching middle school) | Tips and Tools

Canva - Quotes Social MediaIt’s that time again – Tech Tip Tuesday.

Also known as first day of school Tuesday.

This last Canva tutorial is straight from Tom…well not the video, but the idea anyway.

You see, we were talking about the many ways to use Canva (some of my personal favorites being artwork for your kid’s rooms, classrooms, office space).  Tom mentioned how social media is starting to focus on graphics – largely with quotes.
So, tutorial #5 was born.

I hope you can use this to make a great tutorial for your school, or maybe even your home or workspace.


Have a great school year!

(Rumor has it that “Adobe Voice” will be featured next Tuesday.)

Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Canva to improve your school communications

By Erin Luckhardt, SCN's tech guru (when she's not teaching middle school) | Tips and Tools

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 6.01.30 PMCanva is a website that offers graphic design help.  It’s been gaining a lot of press since Guy Kawasaki (former Apple Evangelist) became their CEO in April, 2014.

It’s a site I started learning about in January, but really started exploring in April as I was planning a tech conference for my district.  Then, I realized I could show my students how to use Canva, too. They loved it. You will, too!

All in all, it’s a pretty user-friendly website that allows you to create beautiful designs that can be used all over – from posters you print to headers for your school’s Facebook page.  Check out the video below for my review of Canva and how you can use it in your school.

I hope you want to learn more about Canva! I’m just getting started.
Part 2 in my Canva Tips Series will be here next Tuesday.