Friday, June 23, 2017

Hello...Again

It's hard to believe that 3 years have passed since I first started this blog.  I have missed blogging so much!  I'm ready to return to my roots, blog, and continue with my passion for implementing educational technology in the classroom!

So much has changed in the last few years!  The biggest change has happened professionally!  I was offered my dream job - Instructional Technology Specialist!  I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with teachers and their classes in implementing instructional technology!

I am also the 1:1 coordinator at my school!  Last year, we implemented 1:1 Chromebooks with all of our (approximately) 2400 high school students!  It was a daunting endeavor, but in the end, the process was incredibly smooth!

I will be hosting a session titled 1:1 Win:  Tips for Transitioning to Personalized Learning with 1:1 Chromebooks at  my school district's Upstate Technology Conference!

I hope that I can prepare other teacher leaders, instructional technology coaches, and school administrators with some solid tips that will help ensure their transition will be a success!

I am ecstatic about hearing and hopefully meeting this year's featured conference speakers!


Monica Burns will be in the house! 




From her bio:

Dr. Monica Burns is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. Today she spends her time visiting schools across the country and working with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Her mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology.



Richard Byrne will be in the house!




From his bio:

Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher who is best known for reaching more than 100,000 educators with his award-winning blog, Free Technology for Teachers and two additional blogs, iPadApps4School.com and PracticalEdTech.com.

As a highly sought-after educational speaker, Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the field of educational technology including being a five-time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog, Google Teacher certification, and the Merlot Classics award from California State University. Tech & Learning magazine recently named Richard one of the top current leaders who has been instrumental in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.

Why is this so exciting to me?

I love Richard's blog Free Technology for Teachers and started following his blog years ago and always learn amazing ideas about recommended sites, apps, and extensions.  He keeps me in the loop!.

I am also a recent follower of Monica's excellent Class Tech Tips Newsletter. When I first heard Monica was a featured speaker, it took me a few minutes to realize this was the very same awesome Monica Burns who pinned amazing posts to my collaborate Educational Technology Pinterest Board.

Thanks to Monica's amazing Class Tech Tips, I found the perfect tool for my teachers to use with their students while creating their senior digital portfolio.  She wrote about the Bulb app or site, and I knew I had to check it out!  I am always looking for great tools that work well with student portfolios.  Using Bulb, I created a sample student portfolio for their senior students to use.  I will include a review of this amazing app and our example of a digital portfolio using Bulb soon!


I will also be posting more about the Upstate Technology Conference in July!  Stay tuned!





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