Monday, August 1, 2011

Guest Post By Derrick Waddell

"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed." - Napoleon Hill

This summer was another whirlwind of professional development activities.  I presented at conferences, schools, and systems, effectively drowning my summer in a wave of PD.  Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed my summer for the same reason I started this blog, joined Twitter, and post resources on my website: I love to share.  As a teacher, my job is to share with others what I've learned that they may not have.  That job doesn't stop with students, though; I must also share with teachers, administrators, librarians, et. al. the things that I've learned that may help them.

I'm not the only one that feels this way.  A friend and fellow educator, Nikki Robertson, is beginning a string of professional development activities for the staff at Auburn High School.  When she posted the schedule on Twitter, I was interested in learning more about some of her chosen topics, so I asked if she was planning to do any recording or posting afterward.  It opened up a conversation that has led to an exciting opportunity for educators and ed tech professionals in Alabama.

This week we will launch a YouTube channel for Alabama educators to post and watch tutorials and how-to videos pertaining to ed tech.  You can find the videos at or contact me ( or @derrickwaddell) or Nikki ( @NikkiDRobertson) if you're interested in sharing one of your videos.  I'm excited about the opportunity to share and the possibilities this presents, so come help us create a community of sharing and learning.

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