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If you follow me online, in any capacity, you've likely noticed a flurry of activity from me this week. My new year's resolution for 2016 is to write more, grow my professional learning network, and engage more online.

To that end, I've relaunched my blog, syndicated my writing on, and started a Podcast. I've also started sharing all of that work on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and finally, I've decided to start this weekly newsletter that you're reading right now... It has been a busy week.

I intend to be transparent about my motives, share my progress, and write about what I've learned.

To that end, I would like to share that one of my motives for all of this online activity is to establish a reputation as a credible voice in educational thinking and practice. Why? In short, I'd like to start speaking professionally at conferences and seminars and perhaps even write a Kindle Single or book.

Enough about me though. Without further ado, I'd like to share three things that I think might help your professional practice - or what I will henceforth be calling Mike's Weekly Three

This week I wrote a post called Stop Forcing Your Students To Blog, Do This Instead. In the post I make the argument that Students should publish their work to a relatively new platform called Medium instead of Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr.
I can't recommend the above documentary enough. It's simply amazing. The topic of digital citizenship goes WAY beyond cyberbullying. This film offers a vehicle to examine issues related to free speech, information, and 21st century democracy.

Here's a shameless plug for my new podcast. It's still a bit raw, but my co-host, Brian Whalen, and I would like to get feedback as soon as possible, so we've published it on SoundCloud. Soon it should be available on iTunes and Stitcher.
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