Inspiration from "The Four O'Clock Faculty"
Does someone have to create or provide this PD for you? Not necessarily ...
My interest was peaked with an email from our assistant pastor at church. What is this "One Word" that everyone is talking about? Then I open Twitter, as I do every day, and there it was again... #myoneword to start off the new year right. It's not a New Years Resolution, so what is it?
It's so inspiring to hear these innovative speakers, especially in January when you still have a few good months of school left to go! I come back with so many ideas and new connections, I'm ready to make the rest of the year even better than the first half.
I hope you'll think about registering. Who doesn't want to go to Orlando in January anyway?!
If you decide to register, I'd love to connect with you so we can meet in person.
It's funny when you use something so often, that it seems silly to explain why you do.
I realized this the other day when I was trying to use a computer that was set to use Internet Explorer by default. Some people may still like it (and that's perfectly fine), but it drives me crazy! I like to say, "Go Google, or Go Home!" but that's just my opinion. ?
I was trying to explain why they should switch, so I figured I should write up a quick post about it.
Reason 1: Chrome Extensions!
Reason 2: Chrome Bookmark Toolbar
Reason 3: Easy Access to G-Suite on any device
A lot of people aren't sure how to deal with a Chromebook the first time they use it. It is a little different since it's meant to work without storing anything on the device. Cloud based anything can be a little scary. Here are a few tricks I like to recommend to make your Chromebook act more like the PC you are accustomed to already. * My device is a Dell 11, device specifics may vary.
What is a HyperDoc?
Quotes below from The HyperDoc Handbook ©2016 by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, Sarah Landis
"Transformative, interactive Google Docs that replace the standard worksheet method of delivering instruction." This digital lesson design and delivery of instruction provides "the teaching pedagogy" to help make "important decisions about what to teach and how to teach with technology to redefine the overall student experience." Each HyperDoc "begins with a strong lesson design, curates quality instructional content, and packages learning in a way that engages learners." It also "shifts the focus from teacher-led lectures to student-driven, inquiry-based learning allowing students to learn through exploration."
Social Media... A Love Hate Relationship
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!
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!