“Like a TECH BOSS”

This phrase appeared in our district Tuesday night Twitter chat #nisdnov8.  One of our district’s proactive, tech-savvy administrators @yolanda_wallace signed off saying:   I love walking into a classroom and seeing students engaged and creating relevant product guided by specific learning goals. However, I know many teachers this time of year fall prey or areContinue reading ““Like a TECH BOSS””

When we “Be Brave”…

We all have celebrated the moments when we inspire our students.  In those same moments we have become inspired as well.  Often the inspiration takes us on a journey through the reflective epiphany of a fear to take a risk with something or a realization that we have purposefully avoided a challenge.  However, in theContinue reading “When we “Be Brave”…”

#EdCampNOV8

Click on the #edcampNOV8 Thinglink (at date of post Thinglink cannot be embedded in a WordPress blog) The Northwest ISD IT team, that I am a part of, hosted our first #EdCamp.  It was an exhilarating experience and I was amazed at all the new #EdCampers that attended.  I created the Thinglink above as aContinue reading “#EdCampNOV8”

The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection

This past fall our Superintendent shared with us her four main initiatives.  One of them to have every student K-12 create a living portfolio that showcases student learning.  The platform to deliver this… Google Sites. What happened next was a concerted effort by our instructional team to help train teachers, support students and intentional timeContinue reading “The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection”

Delivering a Message… the Power of Video

I have been participating in the #blogamonth challenge since January 1, 2014.  I needed a “push” to keep me blogging, or so I thought.  Then I realized, through the #blogamonth website I had more material to work from than I ever thought “worthy.” Which brings me to my first “video” that I share with teachers,Continue reading “Delivering a Message… the Power of Video”

When being connected is more than a PLN…

My one year anniversary as an active participant on Twitter just passed.  In that time I have become a regular participant in several Twitter chats, began the very blog I am writing this post for, read “Teach Like a Pirate” and did my first online book chat, attended my first #edcampHOME, launched Genius Hour inContinue reading “When being connected is more than a PLN…”

Genius Hour- from another perspective

I just recently was published in TechEdge Magazine through TCEA on the topic of Genius Hour. It was a huge honor and happened all because of connections both professionally through the TCEA network and through my wonderful #geniushour PLN. The biggest factor in Genius Hour being a success was transparency, collaboration and continually keeping itContinue reading “Genius Hour- from another perspective”

#edCampHome and #nisdpd: Taking Control of Your PD

Events: January 4th, 2014 #edCampHome January 6th, 2014 #nisdpd Northwest ISD Winter Professional Development Day Premise of Events: #edCampHome Educators meet up through Google+ through pre-registered event organized by David Theriault, Kelly Kermode, Karl Lindgren-Steicher, and Shawn White Pre-registered participants post in Google+ topics they would like to discuss or moderate and others can +1Continue reading “#edCampHome and #nisdpd: Taking Control of Your PD”

How to Eat an Elephant…

As we begin fresh with a new year, I know many of us have recharged, reflected and refocused.  We have personal and professional goals we have set for ourselves to better ourselves, better our world and better relationships. When my students are faced with a new and sometimes daunting task I always refer to theContinue reading “How to Eat an Elephant…”

#LessonCrashers

  Who are we? In mid-August I joined my district’s Instructional Technology(IT) Team.  There are five other coaches, an assistant director and director.  Between the 8 of us we support 3 High Schools, 5 Middle Schools, 17 Elementary Schools, support programs, curriculum and central administration. Numbers-wise that is 19,000+ students and the staff that facilitateContinue reading “#LessonCrashers”

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