Think differently.
Do good.
Become better.

Darren Kools is not your typical person, teacher, father or husband. The odd pairing of computers and technology with Music has it's eloquence in the mad torrent of intensity that surrounds him.

He enjoys Programming ......... and Bach
He enjoys Jazz ..................... and SQL
Hiking alone ...........and social networks
Visual Art............... and Drama
Teaching ................and Learning

Darren Kools has gone through a long and extensive path in the 7 years that he has been a teacher, with each experience enriching him and his practice. Teaching Core subjects like english and math to grade sevens to Senior instrumental music has been a positive force.

I am happy to be part of this vital team that is exploring the new and scary world of the 21st century learner.

PLPeep Badges

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Community Hub Associate
  • change your profile picture
  • customize your page
  • join a group
  • comment on a discussion
  • start a discussion
  • get more than 10 replies to a discussion you started
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Community Hub Activator
  • use something besides text-based replies
  • post on a wall
  • get a comment on your wall
  • upload a photo
  • upload a photo you took
  • upload a video
  • upload a video you created
  • blog in the Community Hub
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PLParticipation
  • attend all 5 webinars
  • attend a virtual classroom visit
  • participate in a book study or lesson plan
  • meet as a team five or more times
  • remix or innovate on an existing idea that is shared with the community
  • complete your action research project
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Lights, Camera, Action Research
  • share your action research step-by-step as your team creates it
  • your action research is fully implemented
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Extra Powerful Credit
  • take a PLP eCourse
  • create a team blog
  • become a featured action research project
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Word-spreader
  • blog about and link to PLP
  • add a link to Delicious.com tagged with one of the predetermined PLP tags
  • retweet @plpnetwork
  • tweet with #plpnetwork hashtag
  • retweet a Voices from the Learning Revolution blogger

Level 2 – PLPeep


Earn 5 or more of these Level 1 badges and get this special Level 2 badge: You are aPLPeep!
When you earn this badge, your name goes in a quarterly drawing for a mini-library of educational and technology books from top experts in the field!
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Social Media Butterfly


Use these Level 1 badges to help you navigate the new world of Web 2.0 tools and social media. Complete the list of tasks to earn a badge.
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Baby Tweet
  • create a Twitter account
  • post your first tweet
  • retweet someone
  • follow @plpnetwork
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Twitterati
  • create a Twitter list
  • get added to someone’s twitter list
  • get more than 50 followers on twitter
  • tweet something with #plpnetwork hashtag
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Facebookworm
  • join Facebook
  • post on someone else’s wall
  • someone posts on your wall
  • “like” PLP’s page
  • post on PLP’s wall
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YourTube
  • join Youtube
  • fill out your profile
  • subscribe to a channel
  • upload a video
  • comment on a video
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Wiki Wanderer
  • join the PLP wiki
  • create a profile page on the PLP wiki under your “school team” section
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Photo-gogo
  • sign up for a photo sharing site (such as Flickr.com)
  • upload a photo
  • join a group
  • comment on someone’s photo
  • get a comment on your photo

Level 2 – Social Butterfly


Earn 5 or more of these Level 1 badges and get this special Level 2 badge: You are a Social Butterfly!
When you earn this badge, your name goes in a quarterly drawing for a mini-library of educational and technology books from top experts in the field!
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