Written on: 9/1/16

Well, hello world! This is my first post, on my first blog and not surprisingly it’s technology related! (Anyone who knows anything about me is not surprised what-so-ever.)

I am a teacher trying to change the world one student at a time in Florida and have been privileged to work with amazing 5th graders for 9 years now!

I made a goal for myself to work along side our principal and media specialist to implement more technology use within our school for both students and staff members. Currently , our school has one computer lab with approx. 35 computers and 1 mobile laptop cart with approx. 24 laptops. This is posing a bit of a challenge when your goal is to use technology daily!

I am working vigorously to inform myself about opportunities for teachers to indulge their technological curiosities. Do you know where MANY of my inspirations and information has come from? Twitter- I was surprised! I have linked up with many district trainers, teachers, and schools who have given me so many amazing resources to try already.

Currently, I am working on an online course geared toward implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at either a classroom, school, or district level. One of the first assignments is to evaluate my school/classroom needs. I feel as though the county itself has a pretty good handle on AUP, student and parent portals, filter Wifi, and support for most devices. However, I think the four needs of our school are:

  •  support for teachers to implement the technology into academia (eLearning coach)
  • PD on technology trends
  •  communication with stakeholders (buy-in) which could be better facilitated by a tech team
  •  time to inform students properly about digital citizenship

One need I truly wish I could address and fix is an eLearning coach (school based tech support for academics) this would be like a dream job for me! I would have access to the students and be able to help teachers implement something I am so passionate about- technology! Our county, however, is going through some financial transitions and does not appear to have money for these types of positions. 😦 #dreambig #maybeoneday

Until next time…

As a technology integration enthusiast earning the nickname of “Red-headed tech child”, I am confident that my skill set and motivation to create innovative learning experiences will add value to the right company as I am currently searching for the next chapter to grow and have a larger impact as a learning specialist. I am a classroom instructor, Instructional Designer, UX and UI Designer, and edtech evangelist who is passionate about creating and facilitating professional learning opportunities. Through out my journey, I am honored that most people who learn with me would describe me as passionate and knowledgeable. This motivation to foster continuous improvement carries into my roles as a UX/UI Designer and Instructional Designer for U.S. based educational technology companies such as Learnics and MassiveU. Inc where I collaborate with the Director of Learning, and Co-Founder to customize learning experiences and content for their unique audiences. While working with these innovative companies, I have made an impact through: • Contracting to enhance design patterns, layout, and typography with block and custom HTML of the company website resulting in a boost of visits by 132.5% • Conceptualizing job aid and conference materials in Photoshop • Mock up wireframe and style guide • Strategizing eLearning content development, develop learning objectives and activities, research, and script writing, storyboarding, and filming for the instructor’s guides and instructional videos • Orchestrating innovative, blended learning solutions to improve learner’s skill set with a focus to increase participant engagement of tools and pedagogical practices, as well as customize content to meet individual's needs across the United States. • Transforming classroom learning experiences as an Instructional and Technology Leader • Providing diverse core competencies in the area of employee training, instructional design, eLearning development, and technical skills

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