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!
It's that time of year again where teachers become interior designers, and structural and electrical engineers as we attempt to move furniture, create the makerspace I learned about this summer, remove some desks to allow flexible seating, and then... there is the basket of cords! (insert suspenseful sound byte here) As I begin planning out … Continue reading Living my best “UNTETHERED” life with ScreenBeam
I have been attending many summer learning opportunities and I love that many include some wonderful tools, but sometimes I am left feeling concerns such as, "Why would I integrate this into my curriculum and classroom structure?" It's not for a lack of the learning specialist explaining the critical information, it was a lack of … Continue reading Top 10 EdTech recommendations: Why and how to integrate them this year (2018-2019)
There has been nothing more rewarding than working with the young people of the future and watching them grow and progress through complex curriculum over nine months for the last decade. However, I have begun to feel a calling towards something new. I have always had a passion for technology use in the classroom and … Continue reading From Teacher to Tech (Edtech): Episode 1
To my network, I express the deepest gratitude. Thank you for DMs of confirmation and Voxers full of collaboration. Thank you for the conference laughs and EdCamp experiences! To my friends and family who listened to me process, debate, toil and analyze- thank you for the hours upon hours of support you have given me. … Continue reading 2017 Reflections (updated)
There have been many pedagogical shifts happening within the past five years in order to focus on preparing students for jobs that don't currently exist. The focus on STEM careers has been a particularly large emphasis within the educational world. So as an educator we know the students need to be able to speak with … Continue reading 21 CLD Teachers = 21 CLD students: Based on ITL Research evidence
The word "just" could be defined as: guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness actual, real, or genuine. exactly or precisely. However, when put with defining statements such as, "I'm just a..." or "I can just do...", you have now changed the meaning to a limitation. My perspective of myself, as "just a teacher" has … Continue reading The power of “JUST”
Now, I'm not talking about leaving your comfort zones by sky diving or extreme rock climbing (unless that's your thing), but rather putting myself out there for the world to critique. I just reread my very first blog post and a little tear formed in my eye as I reflected on my ambitious goals and … Continue reading 5 risks that #changedeverything!
It was such a relaxing weekend of laying on the couch completing learning paths toward becoming a Microsoft Innovator Trainer! After completing the Teacher and Trainer learning path and training 100 people about the limitless Microsoft tools, you will then become a Microsoft Trainer. I have yet to train 100 people, but have made it … Continue reading Microsoft Innovator Trainer goals
Written on: 10/17/16 Have you heard of CCGA? The Creative Coding through Games and Apps program developed by Microsoft is an amazing opportunity for students to use the Touch Develop software to work their way through 6, 9, 12, or 18 weeks of curriculum. "The Creative Coding Through Games And Apps (CCGA) curriculum provides everything … Continue reading Microsoft CCGA