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We Have Much to be Thankful For…As We Celebrate Our Three Year Anniversary, We Take A Look At Some Of The People We Have Met, Who Also Strive To Make A Difference

As we celebrate our third year as a company, we have much to be thankful for.

Over the past three years, we have written a handful of academic eBooks that continue to sell…thank you to our readers ūüôā

We have been blessed to have met wonderful people and companies via Twitter and Facebook and this blog, that have an amazing impact on education like Ocean House Media, @Pragmaticmom , @MovingSmartNow, and Writers Digest to just name a few.

Fortunately, we have been asked to provide professional development numerous times throughout the school year these last three years and we have almost reached 35,000 views on this blog and our website receives thousands of hits per week…thank you!

More recently, we have struck¬†up some good dialogue with people in the publishing industry who are giving us good advice and recommending agents for us to seek out for our Unlock the Teacher series we have been collaborating on with Dr. Lick, M.D¬†and Dr. Letscher, Ph.D.¬† We are quite grateful for all the advice and recommendations…thank you!

As we prepare for this Thanksgiving holiday, we want to say we are THANKFUL to each and everyone one of you, who allow us to do what we love and encourage us to do more.

May your holiday be blessed!

Denise and the rest of the Unlock the Teacher LLC team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC Heads to New York for Writer’s Digest Conference 2012

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Happy Friday Everyone,

As we reflect on the first week back to school after a nice long holiday break…for most of us, our team is preparing to head to New York in a couple of weeks for the Writer’s Digest Writing Conference.¬† Check WD out on Twitter @WritersDigest¬†and meet writers from around the world!

As we prepare all of the kind remarks that many have sent us about our work over this past year, the great statistical data of the many visitors to this blog I write, the great letters of references we have received from the schools we have been blessed to work in and all the great educators and administrators we have met on Twitter and are now a part of our Professional Learning Network (PLN), we wanted to say …

T-H-A-N-K   YOU for a great year.  It has not been easy and the path has not been smooth, but your continued support has made ALL the difference.  We feel blessed indeed, to have so many people, schools and companies supporting the work we do in the community, in schools and our efforts to try to make a difference in education.

Thank you for the support!¬†If you like our blog and our mission, please share our sites and “like” our Facebook page. We are working on our last push of views¬† so we can print off our statistics for NY.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Check Out Two Great Sites for Creating Free Apps

We love sharing the good in education, together we can make a difference!

“Like” Unlock the Teacher on Facebook and while your¬†visiting our new page, check out two new sites we found for creating FREE apps.¬† When we travel into middle and high schools¬†to teach our “How To ePublish for Teens” Workshop, when we talk about Angry Birds and the successful business plan behind it, one of the main questions asked is where can one develop free apps online.¬† There is a plethora of sites.¬† We posted two sites on our Facebook page, that provide a detailed step-by-step process.¬†

For all of the students who read our blog, we thank you and appreciate all your input.¬† However, please do not utilize any of the free app, free publish websites alone if under 18 years of age.¬† Have some fun and create with a parent or parent’s approval…be smart and safe!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team ūüôā

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Favorite Tweets of the Week and the Great Combination of Twitter and Education

Twitter Singing PicHere is a review of my favorite tweets this past week.¬† Topics range from free webinars¬†and podcasts, to informative information in the world of education, writing and publishing.¬† EdReformer, StudentsFrist, Topedtweets and Writer’s Digest are all great tweeters to seek out if inquiring about the stated topics.

As an ELA teacher, those who know me find it funny that I¬†am now¬†a “huge” promoter of twitter.¬† Before I began tweeting¬†(that still sounds funny in my head), I assumed that twitter was full of slang and fragments, meant for young people.¬† However, though twitter¬† most definitely speaks the language of our youth, it is a diverse arena where one can enter into¬†a global¬†debate and/or¬†conversation on any given topic.

The lexicon can be challenging at first, but there are many who gladly lend advice (shout out to @topedtweets) and offer support.¬† Though I am still a novice, there are many areas in which twitter can be utilized in language arts classrooms: electronic chats between classrooms around the world, teachers sharing best practices with one another and so much more.¬† As educators, Jen and I are always looking for things that stretch our abilities and force us out of our comfort zone…isn’t that what we ask our students to do when teaching them a new concept?

If you are a parent, a teacher or anyone who feels that social technology has no place in education, I encourage you to jump out of the box with me and explore the new language of the furture…dare to dream!

Have a great weekend!

¬†Denise ūüôā

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“Sweet Relief of Missing Children”

“Sweet Relief of Missing Children” by Sara Braunstein was recommended today on twitter¬†by author Caroline Leavitt.¬† I am adding it to my January books to read.¬† Check it out if it looks interesting and get back to me on your thoughts if you finish before me:-)¬† For an interesting blog¬†written¬†by a friendly author,¬†check out Caroline’s blog @http://carolineleavittville.blogspot.com/

Happy reading!

Be the difference in the life of a child today!

Denise

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