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Useful Posts for Teachers

By Sara Zimmerman      June 10, 2010 -- 11:23 AM
Barbara coachingIf you are setting up or participating in an online community, training, or coaching program, we suggest following the Rethinking Learning blog by Learning Strategist and My eCoach CEO, Barbara Bray. Bray writes a regular column on professional development for the OnCue Journal and has been involved in coaching and mentoring in numerous organizations around the world. Hereís quick links to the latest three posts:
  • Tread Softly on Their Dreams - Sir Ken Robinson talk explains about doing your passion, doing what you are good at and personalizing learning. Not everyone is supposed to go ...   more...
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Ongoing Programs and Projects

By Barbara Bray      November 21, 2008 -- 12:31 PM
San Diego County Office of Educationís Leadership Services continues to provide AB 430 training for California principals. Melissa Hunt, Director, with the support of eCoaches Cynthia Sistek-Chandler and Ward Smith, set up one leadership team for over 400 principals who have participated in the training.


Stanford Universityís Bay Area Foreign Language Program (BAFLP) with support from their eCoach Marcelo Leal has set up five more teams including BAFLP Leaders, an ELD Strand, and Mandarin Strand. Example project from Kathleen Rooney:
Ideas for Incorporating Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom....   more...
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Class Teams in eCoach

By Barbara Bray      November 21, 2008 -- 10:47 AM
We are working tirelessly to meet your requests. The main request is to allow students into eCoach. We are setting up a program where teachers can become eTeachers and set up a class team with up to 40 spaces for your students. Students will have access to all of the features in eCoach as long as the class meets. Then students will become free members with limited access. We are reviewing costs, training, and coaching. We welcome your ideas and comments.

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Changes and Updates in eCoach to Date

By Barbara Bray      November 20, 2008 -- 07:29 PM
Left Navigation
The left navigation has been changed and streamlined. My Community is where you can find Certificated eCoaches and other community resources. This is where you can find events, conversations, your teams if you are on any teams. The Message Center is the glue that connects all the features and people in eCoach.






My Locker is where all of your work is stored. We moved My Locker next because some eCoach members were going to My Toolkit that used to be in this area to start new blogs instead of adding posts to the blog they started. We encourage everyone to check their work first ...   more...
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New Conversation Corner

By Barbara Bray      May 3, 2008 -- 08:02 AM
Conversation Corner is a new feature on your Home where you can ask questions to the entire eCoach community. Everyone including Free members can share ideas, ask questions, and provide answers or possible solutions to questions. Conversation Corner works like the blog tool where each question is a new post on the Conversaton Corner blog. You can also see Conversation Corner in your Blog Home.

On your Home, click Ask Questions to start a new question or thread. This will open the text editor. Add your question in the title. You ...   more...
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NEW Profile, Add Friends, Change Settings

By Barbara Bray      April 24, 2008 -- 11:02 PM
When you click My Profile on the upper right or under My Locker, now you will find that it is really different.

My Profile is where others can learn about you, add you to their Friends list, and connect with tags. Now you can edit each section by clicking the pencil.








Members will be able to view all of your published work at the bottom of your profile. Published work includes your projects, surveys, and blogs.





Only you and your eCoach will be able to view your ILP, phone number, and street address. You can hide your email under settings so members or others viewing you as author of a project ...   more...
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Standards, Resources, and Programs - Oh My!

By eCoach Staff      February 26, 2008 -- 02:53 PM
Up to Standards
Every stateís content standards are available in My eCoach. We add standards based on community requests. Some communities have asked us to add professional, technology, and even local standards. Check your standards from the left menu and add any resources to your standards. These will then go to our eLibrary for review and publishing.

Resources Galore!
Look for thousands of new resources in our eLibrary. Along with your submissions, we have a group of interns and students who are finding rich resources for you ...   more...
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New Left Navigation

By Barbara Bray      February 21, 2008 -- 06:05 AM
The left navigation bar was changed based on much input from our members. Since My eCoach tries to bring together all the tools you might need for your community, the left sidebar navigation was getting long and cumbersome. We asked for ideas from many of our members to come up with ways to make navigation easier.
  • Home field is now Home.
  • Icons are different.
  • Looking ...   more...
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New Look on Home Field

By Barbara Bray      February 6, 2008 -- 03:19 PM
We changed Team Up to Bulletins where you can ask for collaboration, promote events and new teams, and share new features. We combined Tips and Tricks, Featured Projects, and eLibrary Spotlight into one box that rotates along with the Bulletin box on its left.

















Click Bulletins on the left and go to View All Posts to create a new bulletin to be approved and posted.

Check out the new personal space below just for you and only you. Use it as an aggregator for all of ...   more...
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Standards Added and Updated in eCoach

By Barbara Bray      January 18, 2008 -- 08:20 AM
We have been busy adding standards based on requests by our eCoaches and what they need for their communities.

Keep checking in, click on My Standards and edit them to add more standards to your list. We will be moving My Standards from your profile to where there already is My Standards on your left sidebar.

We will also be reworking how you update your standards and the look of the page where you choose your standards, so keep checking in.


We have over 45 states content standards listed and adding the rest soon. We also input professional standards for eCoaches states and local curriculum ...   more...
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Updates with Blogs

By Barbara Bray      October 24, 2007 -- 11:55 AM
Several new updates with the eCoach blogging tool:
  • New templates
  • Add categories to posts
  • Blog posts now appear in recent activities
New Templates
Check out the extended list of templates for your public blog.

































We adapted the new templates in the Universal builder so you could extend your collaborative projects using a similar template. Just put a link to your blog in the Universal builder.

Add Categories to your Posts
Why would you do this? If you have multiple posts and people are having trouble finding a post on a particular topic, they can check your list of categories on the right sidebar.



At the ...   more...
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Embed Code with a Welcome

By Barbara Bray      August 27, 2007 -- 10:28 AM
Thought Iíd share a Voki welcome by embedding the code here. Iíll share how to do this in a tip. Try moving your cursor around and my eyes will follow it. Kind of eery! Then click play to actually hear my voice welcome you.


Get a Voki now!

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