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Makerspace: Just Trust the Kids!

I don’t usually do this; blog on a school night. Especially after my work day involves supporting teachers and administrators with ways they can ultimately impact student learning experiences. Blogging often keeps me up way too late, crafting just the right ways to express all the “wonderful” I experienced in a day.  But if I keep not sharing by blog, not enough people get to share in the awe that is happening around us. This email was one I sent to a principal after an experience “I” had in his school one afternoon. But it only reached him. Continue reading

What can you do with a tweet?

(Disclaimer: this is not a post about how @Twitter can change your career, altho it does consistently and reliably)

#XcontinentalKinders

If you are not following this hashtag, you really should. There is a lot of dynamic and uniquely designed learning connected to #XcontinentalKinders. And it is a result of a simple tweet followed by a response that has become an evolving learning journey and a cluster of professional (quickly becoming personal) relationships. Continue reading

What did I do with an idea…?

What Did I Do With An Idea…?

I fed it.  I nurtured it. I let it grow. I grew to love it.

In November 2016, I was charged to have an idea. Being creative on demand has never worked out well for me so this was a very frustrating charge for me.

Although it was much more carefully articulated by the professionals facilitating this, the message was the same. Here is what I heard.

“Come up with an idea and do something with it.” Also, “Do this idea with other people. They must agree with you and nurture the idea with you. And in the end, you must show off your idea with pride to everyone else charged with this daunting task, and other professionals in your field who are expecting you to succeed with this idea.” Continue reading

Don’t Become Irrelevant: Do you “post” or do you Tweet?

Disclaimer: If you read this and swear by twitter, I need you to commit to commenting after reading so I can bring you more educators who have great things to say…read on.

I open with a quote I found on George Couros’  Principal of Change blog this morning that has stuck with me all day.

“I have always believed that you could have been a great teacher ten years ago, changed nothing, and now be irrelevant” Continue reading

#CSEd Week The Kids Won’t Stop Writing

I needed this this week!

It has been a very hectic few weeks at school amidst a busy holiday season.

The past few weeks have required countless hours of printer inventories, ERDing desktop computers, organizing laptop collections, teaching staff how to backup files; we had our school wide server upgrade this week unplugging the entire school leaving glitches to fix in it’s wake.  I am tech contact.

I have trained teachers to administer the IOWA test, bubbled answer sheets, tracked testing permission letters, made and revised a test plan, organized students into testing settings, and gave the IOWA; I am test coordinator. Continue reading

The Community that Surrounds Me

The fact that this is the end four weeks of school already is mind boggling in itself. But the fact that I went from feeling under accomplished to soaring in just one week amazes me. It is time for another blog post!

 

I spent my summer working through class 5 out of 6 for my Special Endorsement in Computer Education certification The class was not at all strenuous, thank goodness because afterall, it was summer vacation. But then there was this tempting trend among my ITF community for becoming a Google Certified Educator…I bit! When looking into the training I discovered that there was much I already knew and just a little I didn’t know but found very useful. Why not get certified for all the things I used regularly? So I did it. I studied the modules for a few hours and took the test. THAT was intense! I decided that I was glad I got myself a new title for something I was pretty good at already but that was it. Level 2 was going to have to be a future plan. I didn’t really enjoy taking that test for 3 intense hours!  A week later I was taking the Level 2 test. My blood pressure was on the rise and I was pretty sure I failed by the end of it!  That felt pretty crappy because I don’t fail at this kind of thing especially after signing up for that much pressure. I persist, always. But this wasn’t something I could just go back and correct. A retake would be another 3 hours of this harrowing timed performance test.  But three extremely long minutes later I got the result that announced my passing! Time well spent and a logo to call my own for two years….when I have to go through this all again! Continue reading