Today is my last day with my good friends at NORT2H. I want to thank all of the teachers that I have worked with over the years. You have made this a rewarding experience.
As many of you have heard I have accepted the position of Coordinator of Technology and Communication for the Lakewood City Schools. I will make Lakewood my new professional home tomorrow. I am very excited to work with the Lakewood staff. The positive energy that flows through the board office is exciting.
I will miss the NORT2H Office staff. Polly and Dave have been with me through it all. Although we had some distractions these last couple of years our times have been like a family.
Our NORT2H members have help shape me as an educator that is willing to look technologies with an open mind. I have learned so much from their techs and teachers. Working with rural, suburban and city schools provides unique perspectives with educational strategies with Technology.
I will miss all of my IVC friends that I have worked with over the years. Working together at ISTE, SIGIVC, Read Around the Planet, JAZZ, Polycom Special Events, TexasDLA or PD events keep me filled with wonderful memories.
I will miss dressing as a Pirate in the IVC Playground, or as Chef for Keynotes and as a virtual skeleton for Monster Exchanges with your students.
Thanks for all of the memories.
With my new position I will be looking at creating a new blog that best fits our district. I have enjoyed using Tumblr especially the reblogging feature. Thanks to all of you for your content that I have shared. I will no longer be updating this blog.
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Some nice tips to share with your students on how to become effective presenters.
It should be little surprise that G-Maps is the #one app on Smartphones. It has replaced my GPS and I use it everyday. I must admit that I am not a big fan of it’s most recent update. While it has improved its search and suggestions I have see it have some moments with traveling in rural areas.
Morphing into a 21st Century Teacher - 27 more ways to be a better 21st century teacher infographic by Mia MacMeekin.
I ran across this via Pinterest from Sandra Doran's board. What I really like about this inforgraphic is how it emphasizes that as a teacher you need to be a technology user not just a demonstrator. Some many times we look at technology as an outcome and not a tool to improve productivity and learning. Live it don't just teach it!
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I have been reminding educators that it is not about what you know, it’s about what you can do with what you know. Teaching (and learning) facts will not prepare students for success. Teaching them how to interpret, analyze, and evaluate and apply information will. Google is looking for critical and creative thinkers, not Jeopardy champions.
- A recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, the Senior VP of People Operations at Google discussed how Google hires and how they analyze job performance and hiring data. http://goo.gl/6uhqY