Each month the amazing Robyn Hrivnatz, Josh Sawyer, and Jennifer Mitchell choose 1 of 8,800 outstanding educators to feature in the United States Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Showcase School Community Playbook set up in OneNote and shared with all MIEEs to communicate relevant information, updates, and celebrations. This is my third year as an … Continue reading I’m the March MIEExpert!
So, if you have been following my digital journey of planning and implementing a school-wide makerspace, then we have already established what a makerspace is, and how engineering design challenges can play an integral role in aligning activities with the standards being taught in the classrooms. It's now time to being envisioning the purpose of … Continue reading Makerspace: What’s your purpose?
I am very excited to share that I was recently invited for one of my very first podcasts ever and so honored it was with the amazing Aaron Maurer (@coffeechugbooks). His podcast, Coffee for the Brain, is slap full of awesome tips, tricks, and loads of inspiration to help support your Maker journey! Check out … Continue reading Makerspace: Coffee for the Brain | Featured Podcast
As a near graduate in the field of instructional design, I am already feeling a bit like my new degree (and new debt) may be a thing of the past. I have been busting my tail for the past 18 months to work full time as an Elementary Educator, STEM Lead teacher, and contractor while … Continue reading From Teacher to Tech (EdTech): Episode 3–Instructional Design a Title of the Past?
Engineering Design Challenges Within the School District of Hillsborough County, the elementary Science Department has got it going in with ideas for how to incorporate STEM into your classroom instruction. Monday's are early release days for students, therefore the curriculum is a bit condensed and seem like the perfect opportunity to do some making! It … Continue reading Makerspace: Engineering Design Challenges
There has been a trend that employers have shared about new hires; their new recruits have difficulties critically thinking, problem solving, and collaborating. Yikes! As an educator, I have noticed similarities in my students. In a world of instant gratification of Amazon same-day shipping, Alexa informing about movie times, and technology so accessible we panic … Continue reading Makerspace: What is it?
It's been about 11 months since the first installment of Teacher to Tech and the saga continues. As I have not been introduced to many educators who have taken this leap, I find myself compelled to share my journey with you. Perhaps it will guide, or positively influence someone else in knowing that this mission … Continue reading From Teacher to Tech (EdTech): Episode 2
Role Instructional Designers- K12 and Professional Learning (contract) August 2018 -- current Responsibilities Worked with the Director of Learning and external stakeholders to discover course needsDesign and create effective MassiveU courses to meet a variety of needs and audiences, using our online pedagogy and best practices in course designWork with internal and external subject matter … Continue reading MassiveU, Inc. Instructional Design
A personal memoir of my year, and hopes for the new year to come!