Saturday, December 28, 2013

Open Chat for Christmas Holidays

Chat Archive 12/21/13

Chat 12/21/13 Gifts we Give to One Another

Questions to Ask:
Q1: 1.     What’s the best gift you ever received at Christmas?  Why?

Q2:  What’s the best gift you have ever given at Christmas?  Why?#catholicedchat

Q3: What gifts or talents could you share with your PLN or PLC?#catholicedchat

Q4: What would you like to receive from your PLN or PLC? #catholicedchat

Q5: How can we help others to see what they have to offer is valuable and needed? #catholicedchat

Resources to Share In Advance, During:

Millenials Make Sharing a Habit

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chat Questions 12/14/2013

Helping Our Students Deal with Tragedy

Questions to Ask:
Q1: Did your school do anything to commemorate Sandyhook this week?  #catholicedchat

Q2:  What sort of protocols, official or unofficial, does your school have in place when there are tragedies in the news to help students process the information? #catholicedchat

Q3: Are aid/support efforts on your campus student driven, adult driven, or does it vary? #catholicedchat

Q4: Do you ever feel overwhelmed with trying to guide Ss to balance appropriate levels of response? #catholicedchat

Q5: How has Social Media changed our awareness of tragedies? #catholicedchat

Q6: Do you think that over time this generation will be desensitized to tragedy or become hyper-committed to help others because of the increased exposure? #carholicedchat

Resources to Share In Advance, During:

Chart of mass killings since Columbine: List of global natural disasters:

Principal Says Safety First -Edutopia

Grief at School - Edutopia

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Chat Questions - Student Heros - 12/07/13

Q1) Who do your students look up to? Who are their heros? Q2) How do we make them aware of people making a positive difference today - either people in their everyday lives or people in the news, etc... Q3) How do you communicate the work of today's hero? Everyday heros? Of Pope Francis? Q4) What does the 'Joy of the Gospel' teach our students today?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Chat Archive 11/23/13

Talking about Podcasting

Chat Questions 11/23/13

Questions to Ask:
Q1: Do you listen to podcasts? How often? How do you access them? Phone, computer, tablet?

Q2: How can you get started podcasting for yourself? Students?

Q3: What podcasting tools and sites work best?

Q4: What would you like to hear more about? What topics interest you?

Q5: Share a favorite podcast or podcasting too.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chat Archive 11/09/13

Charitable Projects and Thanksgiving

Questions for 11/14/13 The latest in Education

Q1: Have you heard of the latest in education? #FlippedClassroom #STEM #Makerspace #MakeyMakey Q2: Troy Cockrum @tcockrum can you share some of your experience with the #FlippedClassroom Q3: Anyone have any experience with #STEM? Q4: Anyone have any experience with #Makerspace or #MakeyMakey
Resources: Opinion piece on flipped classrooms from the NYTimes Brian Crosby’s post on a #STEM night for parents and students at his school in Reno, NV Eric Langhorst’s YouTube Playlist of Makey Makey ideas. He teaches in Liberty, MO. Photo from the #edcampKC mural on Makey Makey. MakerSpace websites:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chat Archive - Open Mic Chat

Chat Archive We enjoyed having our first 'Open Mic' chat. Thanks to @barbinnebraska for this great idea! View our archives below:

Charitable Projects and Thanksgiving

Q1. In what ways does your school reach out at this time of year to the community? Q2. In what ways does your school reach to the larger, global community? Q3. What projects can you share? Photos, links, etc. Q4: What resources can you share? New ideas for donating, student contribution, etc? Please post your responses here and/or share in our #catholicedchat

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chat Questions 11/02/13

Today's Chat is open chat. Questions from attendees. Enter below to raise your hand to 'take the microphone'.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Connected Catholic Educators

In coordination with Connected Educators Month, we are discussing
Connected Catholic Educators.

This Saturday's chat is about Connected Catholic Educators! This is to go along with October as Connected Educators Month.  

1. What do Connected Catholic Educators Do? 
2. What are your favorite examples?
3. What is a day in the life of a Connected Catholic Educator do?
4. What are your favorite resources, people to connect with or follow, favorite blog etc. Please comment here or on the  blog in time for the chat. Thanks!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chat Archive 10/19/13

Additional Resources from Chat

Fr. Barron’s 7 Great Qualities of a New Evangelist:

Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples:

Notes and slides from a presentation on #NewEvangelization from CACE last year:
Will repeat at #NCEA2014!

Chat Questions 10/19/13

Jonathan Sullivan on the New Evangelization Q1. Is it clear to you what the Church means by #NewEvangelization? How do you understand the term? #CatholicEdChat Q2. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1=never, how often do you hear Catholic school leadership discussing the #NewEvangelization? #CatholicEdChat Q3. What skills/qualities do teachers need to engage in #NewEvangelization? How can we encourage them? #CatholicEdChat Q4: Do we sometimes find it hard to admit that the students in our schools need to be evangelized? #CatholicEdChat Q5: What assumptions/habits from our culture

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chat Archive 09/28/13

Chatting about the ACE Bus Tour of Catholic Schools out of Notre Dame University.

Chat Questions 09/28/13

  1. What is the mission/goals of the project?
  2. How did the idea come about? 
  3. What did the planning involve?
  4. How is it going?
  5. What have been your biggest surprises? challenges? best outcomes to date?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Questions Q1. Is homework necessary to the classroom experience? Q2. Are there different types of homework experiences? Q3. Can homework involve parent participation? Q4. If homework was never assigned, how would that change the student? The teacher? The learning? Excellent list of articles, resources on the subject of Homework.

Chat Archive 09/14/13

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chat Questions 09/07/13

Q1. How do you as a teacher connect online with students, other teachers? 
Q2: What tools make online connections and communication happen most effectively? 
Q3: Edmodo Ambassadors - What is it and how can it be used in the classroom? Or schools? Helpful tips in setting up?
Q4: What are the most valuable takeaways from building an online community with students, teachers? 
Q5: What other resources can you share?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chat Questions


Q1: Do you regularly read and follow blogs? What are your go to blogs?
Q2: Do you believe in blogging as an effective practice for teachers? Why or why not?
Q3: Are your students blogging? What benefits to learning are most notable? Why would you recommend it for students?
Q4: Name your favorite blogging tools and apps - for students, teachers. Favorite blog readers? Where can one begin?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Chat Archive - 08/17/13 New Tech in the New School Year

Read the chat archive here

Chat Questions for 8-24-13 Mission Advancement and Tech

Join us on Twitter at 8am Central Time. Our moderator this week is Anne Schaefer Salinas
Q1. Has your Mission Statement been updated to include technology? Q1.5: If not, why not? Q2: What aspect(s) of your mission statement are furthered by the use of technology? Q3. How much PD is devoted to integrating technology on your campus? Q3.5: Is any part of your PD process embedded in your mission to help Ts see the connection between mission and technology? Q4. How much communication is devoted to explaining the use of technology on your campus to your parents?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chat Questions 08/17/13

Chat Questions: New Tech in the New School Year
1. What new technology is being implemented this year at your school?
2. What is your role in having the technology support teaching and learning?
3. What supporting materials do you have? Do you want to find? Name a favorite tool, site, app.
4. What are you most excited about using with students, teachers, families? What are your next steps?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chat Questions 08/10/13

Getting Ready for the School Year
 1. In the weeks before school starts, what do you do to prepare for the school year?
2. In what ways do you decorate your school or classroom to welcome students? 3. Will you share favorite resource today? What are some ideas you incorporated? Ideas you used? Images that spoke to you? #catholicedchat
4. Is anyone using new homework apps or other tools this year with teachers, students or for themselves?
5. Name a back to school activity you like best for students, for faculty meetings.
6. Challenge - Share an image or photo this week from your school. Use hashtag #catholicedchat

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chat Archive - Genius Hour - 08/03/13

Q1 Welcome to #catholicedchat! Please tell us where you are from and 1 NON-RELATED work hobby or passion you enjoy. Q2 Take 2/3 minutes, research your hobby. Come back & share something learned. Don’t forget to come back! :) #catholicedchat #geniushour Q3: Students learning about topics they enjoy? How do you envision this approach with regards to curriculum or standards? #catholicedchat #geniushour Q4: Sounds great and scary, huh? What issues would hinder you from trying this approach in your classroom? #catholicedchat #geniushour Q5: What do you see as positives/benefits of using or trying #geniushour? #catholicedchat Google uses #geniushour w/employees-called 20% time & found the off task time pays off big! #catholicedchat Q6: What resources, links, or people do you recommend to learn more about #freetolearn, 20% time or #geniushour? #catholicedchat 9:55 Q7: Five minutes left-please share 1 takeaway from today’s #catholicedchat discussing #geniushour

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chat Questions 07/27/13

Q1: Are you following World Youth Day? How are you following? Q2: In what ways is expanded reach via today's tech providing benefit to those not in attendance? #wyd #catholicedchat #notatwyd Q3: In what ways is the story of #WYD being told in images? What are some favorites you have seen or can share? Q4: How can #wyd events, stories best be shared by teachers and school leaders and used w/students in coming school year?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chat Questions 7/20/13


What is the one question you want answered during this chat?

Teacher copies 3 chapters of a book. “It is so expensive and we don't use that much of it, really. Just trying to help the kids” #catholicedchat

Teacher wants students to explore themes in multimedia. Grabs aboutt 15 youtube clips piecing together 80% of an entire movie #catholicedchat

Students in film production class want to use network news clips to create Public Service Announcements as part of assignment #catholicedchat

Questions to Think About:

  • What Professional Development does you school/diocese do regarding Copyright?
  • How are students taught about concepts such as intellectual property, public domain, copyright?
  • Have any of your faculty/students received cease and desist or takedown notices?
  • Favorite resources for teaching copyright?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Chat Questions 07/13/13

This week's topic for Saturday's chat is English as a Second Language. This chat is being moderated by Megan Adzima.
Megan works with the Catholic School Admissions Collaborative in Boston. She is a graduate of the Notre Dame ENL Program and a former ACE Teacher.
ELL Chat Questions:
 Q1: What resources are available for ELLs in your Catholic schools? How are your teachers/admin prepared to serve ELLs? #CatholicEdChat
Q2: How can we capitalize on our ELL students' cultural backgrounds to enrich academic learning? #CatholicEdChat
Q3: How does your Catholic school bridge the gap between students' home/school lives, especially for ELL/immigrant students? #CatholicEdChat Q4: Do you do home visits with your students’ families? What are the benefits and drawbacks to this approach? #CatholicEdChat
Q5: Do your students code switch? What do you learn from these examples? How do they inform our teaching/edu practices? #CatholicEdChat
Q6: What is the most rewarding challenge you have had working with students who are English language learners? #CatholicEdChat

Resources to Share In Advance, During:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching English Language Learners:

8 Ways to Use Videos with English Language Learners:

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter:

Capitalizing on Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English

Using Cognates to Develop Comprehension in English

Chat Archive - Digital Balance 07/06/13

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Balance - Work Life in the Digital Age

Q1: Why do you think it is important to have balance between work and life? Is technology a help or hindrance? Q2: Q2: What about students/teachers in our schools? How can we model and foster balance in terms of digital tools/technology? Q3: What do you recommend for busy teachers? school leaders? Favorite ways to spend down time? Books, Movies Q4: How will you spend today?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Professional Development

!. Is summer a good time for professional development for educators? Why or why not? 2. What guides your goals in terms of professional development in the summertime? Does this differ from school year PD goals? 3. What professional development are you participating in this summer. Are you attending any Workshops, Conferences, Edcamps? How about online vs. face to face? Iste13 5: In your Summer Professional Development to date-What is the best take away? What do you recommend others most of all? #catholicedchat

Friday, June 28, 2013

Chat Archive - Pope as Teacher - 06/22/13

Here is the full archive on Storify: See the slideshow of the archive here:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chat Questions 06/22/13 Pope as Teacher

On Saturday, our chat topic is Pope as Teacher. Along with our typical chat, we are also asking people to add examples to a shared Google Presentation. Q1: Have you been following news and information about our new pope- Pope Francis? What news sources do you recommend? (Twitter, Blogs, other?) Q2: In what ways is the Pope like a teacher? Q3: What are some of the lessons he is teaching the world? Young people? Q4: How can we share those lessons with students in our schools, homes?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Chat Archive - Funding Tips and Resources 06/08/13

See resources shared - especially the profiled funding initiative from  @chicathschools. See Storify full link or view slideshow version below:

Chat Questions - Funding Tips and Resources 06/08/13

  1. Funding is always an important topic. What important projects would you like extra funding for? 
  2. What are some creative ways to raise money today? View @ChiCatholic Schools links. 
  3. How has technology and social media played a role? What new methods can these media bring to us? 
  4. What outcomes have you seen for your students, teachers, the community
  5. What would you like to try next in terms of new sources or methods of funding?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chat Archive 06/01/13

Service Learning

Chat Questions 06/01/13

  1. What is the goal of Service Learning? What are your best hopes? 
  2.  What opportunities exist for service learning at your school? How do you integrate with curriculum? 
  3.  How did you find partnerships for service learning? Advice or suggestion for new teachers? 
  4.  What outcomes have you seen for your students, teachers, the community?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chat Archive 05/25/13

We were honored to have Kay Bisallion moderate last week. Check out the archive!

Chat Questions -05/25/13

1. Play along with me if you will. Imagine I built a time machine and asked you to go back to the week before school started. What advice would you give yourself?#catholicedchat - How can you use this advice for the coming year? 2What was your favorite lesson/tool/approach of year?#catholicedchat 3. What was the lesson/tool/approach of year you think you want to improve or change for next year?#catholicedchat 4. Your favorite end of the year activity to go out with a bang instead of spending time watching a movie?#catholicedchat -letters, videos, VoiceThreads from current students on how to be successful in that grade - fun time to do a QR code scavenger hunt with review questions from year -fun time to do minute to win it activity or Amazing Race -genius hour of free to learn for last week? Pursue, learn, research about anything student wants & share after 3/4 classes (my free to learn post- 5. Any summer PD you & your staff may be doing? Ideal summer pd?#catholicedchat 6. Summer books on must read list- personal & professional?#catholicedchat

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chat Archive 05/18/13

Chat Archive

Chat Questions 05/18/13

Planning for One to One and BYOD Environments in Our Schools

  1. What made your school choose a one to one or BYOD model?

  1. What are some essential first steps for those wishing to start the process?

  1. What did roll out look like? Which grades and devices were used?

  1. What role did policy play?

  1. How did you plan for academic integration?
    1. What favorite success stories can you share?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chat Archive 05/11/13

Summer Assignments-Are we always 'on', are students always learning.
View our discussion moderated by @gdhuyvetter
Greg Dhuyvetter

Friday, May 10, 2013

Chat Questions 05/11/13

Always On - Assignments, Boundaries and More
Chat 9am EST Saturday
  1. What is the real purpose behind summer assignments? What assumptions are we making when building these assignments? 
  2. As Education models become more and more blended, blurring the lines further between school and home, how do we help students define boundaries so that they do not feel that they are "always at school." 
  3. How do you and your school define boundaries so you are not "always at work"

Chat Archive from 05/04/13

Innovation in Our Schools

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chat Questions 05/04/13

Q1. Why is innovation important in schools? Q2: What does innovation look like in your school? Characteristics of people, activities? #catholicedchat Q3: What examples have you seen for innovation in Catholic Schools, others? What will you try next? Q4: What preparations are you making for May? Communion, May Procession,Graduation?

Chat Archive 04/28/13 Common Core Standards and Educator Resources

Topic: Common Core Standards and Top Resources for Educators.
Incorporated into this chat was a live workshop for teachers which coincided with the live chat!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

04/20/13 Chat Questions and Book Giveaway

Chat Topic:
Reading List Top Picks
Guest Moderator: We are happy to have as guest moderator - Noel Drew, High School English and Film Teacher, Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks, Noel!

  • Q1: After a week in the news, do you have any resources or ideas to share about how your school responded to Boston or Texas?
  • Q2: What professional books influenced your teaching or leadership the most?
  • Q3: What books have shaped your spiritual life?
  • Q4: What books fly off the shelf in your classroom?
  • Q5: What books are you going to add to your summer reading list?

Book Giveaway
Anyone can participate in the chat but to be entered into the book giveaway, enter your information below. You must participate in the chat in order to win. Enter your twitter handle, name, email address and twitter url. Winners will be selected randomly using an online tool and will be notified within one day of the chat.


The following books were made available for giveaway as part of the chat. We thank the authors mentioned here for their generosity.

1. Anne Schaefer-Salinas @APannie7 - The One and Only Ivan
2. Kathy Mears @nceakmears - Five Minutes with Christ
3. Donna Moss @principalmoss - My Best Teachers Were Saints
4. Edgar SalmingoJr. @edtechedgar - I Wasn't Dead When I Wrote This