What are Blogging Buddies?This is information directly from the site linked above.
"Blogging Buddies were inspired by Jennifer Hogan's "Compelled Blogger Tribe!"
It's designed to be a chance for Ed Tech Coaches (and those tasked with helping teachers integrate technology) to connect, network and learn from other coaches via blogging. Many ed tech coaches value blogging as a form of personal growth and reflection in their practice, but don’t always receive that online feedback in the form of comments from our coaching peers that we’re hoping for. So Blogging Buddies groups will be made up of about 5 ed tech coaches bloggers who come together to commit to posting on their blog at least once a month, read one another’s blogs, comment on one another’s blogs, and share the posts with their own networks. That’s it!"
Thanks for reading mine & check out the blogs from my group below. If you'd like to join, click the image at the top of the page to visit the website.
A few years ago, Twitter was where I drew the line when it came to social media use. Well, things have changed! You can read my post about this revalation if you want. Here, I just want to share some resources and let you decide if it's worth your time.
I love using Twitter for the connection, sharing resources, and learning new ideas for teaching, coaching or tech integration. When it comes to tech integration, I can't imagine how else I'd keep up! Everything I share in this post started with Twitter. A connection, a book recommended, an idea shared... Connecte Educators are the best!
Twitter chats are an amazing way to start! My favorites are #satchat, #learnlap, #tlap, #plearnchat, #2pencilchat, #edtechchat, #edtechafterdark (although too late for me to do very often). Check out the Ed Chat list here for more topics and dates. A few hashtags I follow athat don't have desgnated chats are #innovatorsmindset, #gttribe, and #leadlap, and many, many more! You can start as a "lurker" until you feel comfortable or passionate enough to share your thoughts publicly.
MUST Follow List:
I've lost count of how many times I've attended FETC. All I know is that it's already on my calendar for next year (January 23-26, 2018 in case you wanted to know). Since I started my teaching career in Orlando, Florida, this conference was a easy choice. Since then, they have changed the name and focus to fit the global attendance it had anyway. I come back with so many ideas & resources, I have to take some time to process and pick the ones to focus on for the rest of the school year. This post is to help me process and share these amazing resources!
Don't miss our Twitter chat! #learnlap
I'm super excited to moderate #learnlap at 8:00 Eastern Time on June 6, 2016. Since this is the time of year teachers get to take their time learning themselves (yes, we do that), that's the topic for the evening. Check out his website too!
Topic: It's Summer! Time to Reflect, Recharge & Stay connected!
Here are the questions:
The last day of school is May 27, 2016. This can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Ya! No more homework, projects, conferences, etc. It’s also the time where your kids can get bored and drive you nuts (or vice versa depending on the perspective). This article is meant to give you some ideas on how you can use technology to keep you kids actively learning this summer as well as having fun. I know you don’t want your kids staring at a screen all summer long, so I’ve included educational & fun activities that don’t involve a digital device.
This post is really for those who are just now getting around to using a smart device of some kind (it was also supposed to have been posted in January). Those of you who are on your 6th version of an iPhone will probably already aware of the apps I'll mention, but we try to cover all knowledge levels, right?
So, now that the holidays are over, you've gotten used to your new devices, unwanted gifts have been returned and you have app store gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. It's hard to decide what to actually spend your money on, so I thought I'd share some that I've seen in action or use myself. When it comes to games & entertainment, you know what you want and it's easy to get. The focus of this post is on productivity apps, because most people don't know what they need until they get it. I'll also share some resources to help you search on your own for apps worth the money. Enjoy!
My new position requires me to go to 6 different schools throughout the week. As I was trying to think of ways to allow teachers to pick times that work for them, I figured...Google Calendar MUST have appointments capability.
After a quick Google search, what do you know...it does and it's very easy!
My Mission Statement:
I coach to help teachers meet the diverse needs of all students. I coach teachers and leaders to discover ways of working and being in the 21st Century with a positive attitude that brings communities together and that result in productive outcomes for all stakeholders. I coach people to find their own strengths and to encourage others so we can transform our education system by producing productive future leaders in our ever changing society.
I'm posting my mission statement as a sign of commitment.
My goal is to use this blog to document, reflect and share what I've learned from teachers, students, coaches and educators in my #PLN. I'll also use this as a home page for resources I use to train/coach teachers and students.
I hope you'll continue to follow my journey and comment when you feel compelled. Your comments are what validate spending the time it takes to keep my blog updated, so I really appreciate your time and thoughts!
~Thanks for reading!
PLN = Personal Learning Network
I'm not a fan of acronyms, but this is one that all educators should know! PLN means your Personal Learning Network. I've heard it called your Professional Learning Network as well, but it really is up to you personally who you follow.
Personal Learning Network for Educators: 10 Tips
Take charge of your own professional development!
Motivation? Everyone is motivated by something...
Kahoot! is one of the coolest ways to take a "test"!
Is it a game or is it a test, you ask?
Kahoot! is a web-based student response system that is highly engaging and has many educational purposes. Students can use a phone, computer or tablet to answer questions. No app needed, just the web.
I'm an Instructional Technology Specialist for my district Special Education department. I have experience teaching K-8 special ed. and General Ed. Since I like technology more than some, I started this blog for teachers who love it too. Thanks for visiting!