Why Blog?

It’s been a while since my last post, despite the fact that my phone chimes with a reminder each Thursday afternoon that it’s time to blog. I’ve procrastinated for a variety of reasons, the most prominent being the lack of a clear purpose for blogging.  I’ve decided it’s time to break out of the rut and to begin by simply taking pen to paper. It made the most sense to dedicate this post to listing the reasons I want to blog. Here I go….

I blog to:

  1. Share my experiences with other educators. I have gained so much from the wisdom of other teachers via my PLN that I need to share my experiences. I hope to contribute to this collective knowledge by offering my successes and my failures.
  2. Reflect on my teaching in order to improve my practice.
  3. Maintain a portfolio of my work as an educator.
  4. Become a better writer and communicator.

 

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Conference, From STEM to STEAM

NCGS15 – Wearable Technology3ncgs-2015-logo-vertical-227I’ve had the pleasure of presenting at this year’s NCGS 2015 conference, “From STEM to STEAM”. The conference was a celebration of girls’ education and a call to increase opportunities for girls to pursue leadership opportunities and involvement in STEAM fields. Thanks to St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA and the NCGS for organizing and hosting three days filled with inspiration, insight and innovation in girls’ education.

I’ve included a link to my presentation and QR code to my presentation on wearable technologies.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Using Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

I found this list of 7 habits of highly effective teachers using technology interesting and worth sharing. Notice that habit #1 is, “They always start with the why”, recognizing that using technology is not always the right answer if it does not help, among other things, with performing tasks more efficiently or does not positively affect student learning.

Summer Vacation!

I love summer vacation for obvious reasons.  I treasure the rest and relaxed pace but I also find it a great time for learning, becoming energized and finding inspiration for the upcoming school year.  For those of you who share this excitement, I’ve created the following list of websites, guides and blog posts to hopefully inspire you for trying something new next year. Enjoy!

1. Review  77-Things-for-Teachers-to-Try-This-Summer. This guide features web tools and technologies organized by subject areas.
2. Consider  networking with other teachers by joining the Twitter conversation!
3.  Read Edutopia-Top10Tips-NewMedia-2011 for practical uses of technologies in education.
4. Create a Diigo account and join a group of educators with the same interests.

77 Web Resources for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers is a blog I love to read because it’s chock full of fantastic free resources available to use in the classroom.  It’s a great resource because Richard Byrne, the author, finds tools for teachers and also offers concrete examples for using them in various contexts.

This guide published by Richard Byrne lists 77 web resources for teachers. He has organized it by subject area and there are some great web tools highlighted. Read it below!

Screenleap – Instant Screen Sharing!

Screenleap is a quick and easy to use tool allowing you to share your computer screen with others.  All you have to do is visit http://www.screenleap.com, click “Share Your Screen Now” and invite others to view your computer screen.  You can invite others to view your computer screen via email, text message or by providing the link on your Moodle page. This is a great tool to use with students in 1-1 computer environments and it works on computers, tablets and smartphones.  Use Screenleap as an alternative to having your students look at a projected image on the Smartboard or whiteboard as they look on their computers instead  I thought it was great because it does not require any setup, registration or downloading. Try it out!

Flip the Video!

TED-Ed recently announced a tool which gives educators the option to “flip” any YouTube video. The concept of flipping the video is based on the “flipped classroom” idea and refers to including extras such as a description, questions, quizzes, additional resources and closing thoughts to any TED-Ed or YouTube video.

Watch the following video for a tour of this online tool and try it for yourself!

Lunchtime Learning – Twitter for Teachers!

This lunchtime learning session focused on using Twitter for professional development. Twitter is a great tool for connecting with other educators, finding and sharing resources and engaging in conversations with like-minded teachers.

For More Information:

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter
A Complete List of Hashtags for Education
100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education
The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Educators


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