Hello again! I hope it’s a restful Saturday morning for you as well. I’m currently enjoying some glorious mountain air before all in the house wake up, which left me reflecting on many things.

I began thinking about where I’ve come from as an educator to now and am proud of myself. I don’t have any elaborate degrees or titles; I’m proud of myself for rekindling my passion for technology in the classroom. For some reason, it dwindled for a long time low and insignificant as other priorities took hold in my classroom.

I began my first year at a Smartboard Showcase school and this is what started it- my love for technology. I’m sure it was already ingrained in me somewhere, but this was fostering and nurturing it. I learned and absorbed for a year, then moved on to a school with the same technologies, but less ideas on how to use it effectively. So, I began training my new colleagues. I loved the feeling of helping teachers who were also excited about technology because it was going to benefit so many students. Then, the lull.

So fast forward 5 years and I feel so out of the technology loop, it is disheartening. No rest for the weary. Therefore I set goals for myself and our school, with collaboration from our principal.

I am currently taking month long courses which delve into various topics such as the fore mentioned BYOD (from my previous post) to teaching students to effectively research. As many training PDs our county offers, I’m taking them. I’m also completing the online Microsoft courses through Microsoft Educator Community and the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

I’m hoping to learn a lot this year with these amazing resources and be able to implement it in my classroom and school.

Have a resource recommendation? Comment below. 😃👍

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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