ICE ICE Baby! Conference Wrap Up

I attended the Indiana Computer Educators conference in Noblesville this week.  ICE is the Indiana affiliate of ISTE.  Among other business at this conference, the group will be changing their name to the Indiana CONNECTED Educators.  This is a great thing; a way to acknowledge the change in HOW we interact with each other and what our focus now is with each other, our students and communities.  With great keynotes, Dave Burgess and Kevin Honeycutt, some 100 breakout sessions and workshops, this event was, at the state level, my edtech recharge for the fall.

Things I learned this week: Read the rest of this entry

#Socktober!!!!

Not sure if you’ve heard of this, but, its a great way to get kids involved in the fight against homelessness.  Its important that children be aware of the issue of homelessness, poverty, and hunger in America.  Our school is in the midst of a #Socktober drive where we hope to gather more that 1000 pairs of socks to donate to our local shelters.  Consider doing the same where YOU are…

This excellent campaign was started by my new favorite little person, “Kid President”.. . check out his pep talk with Grover (from Sesame Street) and other videos from him.

Instructional Design 101

PID_WordleI have a masters degree in educational technology and although I have been using my new found skills to make the education world a  better place, it occurs to me that I’m missing out on something.

As I sat in the holding room at the Drury Lane Theatre back in May with my fellow M.Ed in Educational Technology graduates, we discussed what we wanted to do with our educations.  One woman was quite clear, she got the masters degree so she could get a bump in pay.  Honesty works for me, I like it.  The others sitting around me talked about taking their skills back to the classroom or to their buildings as technology integration specialists, etc.  I was already working (sorta) as a technology liaison but felt I could do more. The question has been, what? Read the rest of this entry

Connected Educator 2014 – Connecting Your Students

connectedI had a extremely brief conversation with a coworker this week about my job as technology liaison and “other people’s edtech jobs”. She said she was sorry I didn’t get a job in the district I’d applied for and that it must be awkward working with the person who did.  I thought about that a second and smiled.

Nawh, it just means I get to stay here and be brilliant.  What I’m doing will look better on my CV anyway.

She laughed, we parted company and I thought about how I WAS able to be brilliant where I was and how that was a good thing for my students, which, at the end of the day, is so much more important than all that other stuff.

Yes, its important for teachers to be connected and to interact with others as we learn and grow professionally and personally, but, aren’t we, as educators, supposed to provide a means for our students to become global citizens?  Isn’t all of “this” about “that”? Read the rest of this entry

Build a Website, They Will Come?

So, I’m trying to flip my classroom this year.  I piloted it a couple of years ago and because I had a 6th grade class that year, and they didn’t have internet access at home or phones, it kinda flopped.  I had a mixed group or 7th and 8th graders last year, most of whom weren’t even focused enough to work in the classroom, so except for projects, I didn’t bother using a great deal of tech with them.  But this year… I have a classy, “how are we gonna use our phones this year, Mrs. Stone?” group!  So, I built a website, loaded it with all kinds of stuff (with more to come) and we’re practicing procedures on how to get some “homework” done. Read the rest of this entry

A Twitter Users Guide for Teachers

originally posted at Technology in Education: Notes from the Closet

Its that most wonderful time of the year: getting all the staff on Twitter so you can CONNECT!  Here’s a little help for the beginners and some tips for the “seasoned” ones… Enjoy!

 

 

Technology Integration 101

Two technology tools are being introduced in my building this year: Google for Education and Twitter.  I have been working with the instructional coach in our building on ways to integrate these technologies and others into the classrooms.  I’ve started with a little fun:  I found a BINGO card another technology specialist created and edited it for our building.

Here’s my BINGO sheet.  I “borrowed it”; you’re welcome to “borrow it” from me.

Technology BINGO Sheet

Next week I’ll  offer a mini session on simply getting the Twitter accounts set up.  Hopefully, once I get a few people to simply sign up and start following each other, the ball will start rolling.  We have a hash tag and everything!

I will also help anyone who is ready, to set up their Google Drive account and set up folders for everyone. I’m the most popular person in the building right now; being stopped and asked questions about things and helping people set up accounts of various sorts.  I’m loving it.

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How is technology integration going in your school/district? Leave a comment below!

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