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There are a lot of smart people in the world and I'm constantly learning from them. Visit these guru's sites to expand your knowledge and build your PLN to support what you do in the classroom.

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20 Time in Education http://www.20timeineducation.com/ One way to teach autonomy that is quickly catching fire throughout education is the concept of 20-Time. The concept is simple. Allow students 20% of class time, or one hour per week, to work on and explore one topic of their choice. 
Chrome Story http://www.chromestory.com/ Chrome Story is a 6 year old blog dedicated to everything Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. We cover news, tips, apps, extensions and themes for Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. Chrome Story is a favorite source of news and tips for Chromebook fans around the world. We have a good collection of useful Chromebook resources including a detailed Getting Started Guide and an extensive collection of Chromebook Tips. 
Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. 
Control Alt Achieve http://www.controlaltachieve.com/ Eric Curt's resources from his many Google workshops at regional and national conferences. Definitely worth checking on a monthly basis. 
Cycles of Learning http://www.cyclesoflearning.com/ Featured TED speaker, Ramsay Musallam, is a mastermind in engaging students. 
Ditch That Textbook http://ditchthattextbook.com/ Matt Miller's take on going paperless in the 21st century 
EdSurge http://www.edsurge.com/ EdSurge helps schools find, select and use the right technology to support all learners. 
Ed Tech Teacher - Tech Tools http://edtechteacher.org/tools/ This site by the EdTechTeacher team lists many resources organized by content area or the skill you're trying to address with students. It is an amazing repository of vetted resources sure to be a one-stop shop. 
Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/ George Lucas Educational Foundation providing funding for creative ideas and research on how to improve the classroom environment. 
Engage Their Minds https://engagetheirminds.com/genius-hour-resources/ Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them. My gifted 5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready. This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I’ve collected over the past two years with anyone else who is interested in starting a classroom Genius Hour. 
Free Tech for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ Richard Byrne's take on the edtech landscape. 
friEDTechnology http://www.friedtechnology.com/ Awesome resources and ideas...every Friday. 
GAFE4Littles http://christinepinto.com/ Christine Pinto is a kindergarten teacher in Arcadia USD in California. She's a Google Guru who specializes in using the Google apps with Kinder and First grade students. 
Infinite Thinking Machine http://www.infinitethinking.org/ Inspiring creativity & innovation in public schools. 
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything http://www.schrockguide.net/ The first and foremost of the Ed Tech bloggers. Kathy provides a list of all things web 2.0 and is device/OS agnostic. 
Official Google Blog http://googleblog.blogspot.com/ Follow the Google team as they announce feature enhancements, moonshots, and other things the Googlers are working on. 
Official Google Chrome Blog http://chrome.blogspot.com/ The official Google Chrome blog by the Google Chrome Team at Google. 
Official Google for Education Blog http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/ The official blog for the Google for Education team. Learn about upcoming and new announced tools and features. 
Official Google for Work Blog http://googleforwork.blogspot.com/ The official blog of the Google for Work team. Focused more on daily productivity and the work-life of professionals. 
OMG! Chrome http://www.omgchrome.com/ A tongue-in-cheek rant and rave on all things Google Chrome. 
One to One Institute http://one-to-oneinstitute.org/ One-to-One Institute’s ongoing ed tech studies & tools: tying research & best practices to quality implementation & results 
Shake Up Learning http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/ Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza.  
Teacher Tech http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/ Alice Keeler shares her great ideas on using the Google Apps to support education. 
Teaching with Hyperdocs http://hyperdocs.co/ HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH. 
Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess http://www.daveburgess.com/new/category/blog/ Dave Burgess shares his take on teaching like a pirate to engage and inspire learners of all ages. 
The Thinking Stick http://www.thethinkingstick.com/ Jeff Utecht's Blog on Ed Tech, Learning, and Innovation 
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