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Final thoughts…

Final thoughts…

I am through and through a life long learner. I think this is why I am drawn to Educational Technology. It is ever evolving with no end to the knowledge you can attain to create better learning experiences for teachers and students. As a supervisor of Educational Technology, I sometimes struggle with the influx of new tools constantly being developed. Do not get me wrong. I am always one of the first to try them out! I see a great…

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Building Relationships: Concept Map

Building Relationships: Concept Map

For What? The concept map was the first assignment for EDT 500. It was a great way for Dr. Penny to get to know us and to introduce the concept of mapping. A topic that all students are familiar with is themselves. By having this as a starting point when introducing new technology, it automatically adds a comfort level. Mapping tools connect to a variety of learning styles as well. And it also works well as a way to divide up…

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Telling Your Story: iMovie Trailers and Animoto

Telling Your Story: iMovie Trailers and Animoto

FOR WHAT? iMovie for the iPad is an engaging and relatively intuitive app. It can be used by teachers and students in all content areas and grade levels to create movies or trailers. Movies allow you to combine videos, photos and music to make your own movie from scratch. Trailers, on the other hand, provide you with a template to follow which allows you to create a “Hollywood style” movie trailer. For EDT 500, I created a trailer for the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony. It is…

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Empowering Students: Coding

Empowering Students: Coding

  What? In EDT 500, we explored the new the Apple App: Swift Playground. It is a fun and engaging programming app that introduces all levels of learners to the Swift programming language. Swift Playgrounds is obviously not the only coding app for the iPad. In fact, there are dozens of apps like this in the App Store, and many have been around for some years now. However, Apple’s take on a coding app for kids is certainly an innovative and intriguing…

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It Takes a Teacher: The Power of Storytelling

It Takes a Teacher: The Power of Storytelling

Growing up, teaching was a path I thought I might take after high school. At the same time, I also contemplated many others: optometrist, physician assistant, and even pharmaceutical sales. This all changed my junior year of high school. I came to the realization that I wanted to be a teacher. It is the journey I not only wanted but needed to take in life. I was always a very good student- extremely driven and determined. I was an athlete as well….

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The “Wooden Effect” and My PLN

The “Wooden Effect” and My PLN

I recently read an article by Don Yeager titled We Can All Be Better: The Wooden Effect. It discusses the number of coaches and leaders who have been influenced by the legendary coach, John Wooden. The people John Wooden mentored and influenced carry on his legacy of success even today. The article called this continued legacy “the Wooden Effect.” I have also been influenced by the visionary leadership of John Wooden. In reading, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and…

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Helping Our Students Find Their Tennis Ball

Helping Our Students Find Their Tennis Ball

I recently read an interview with Drew Houston, the CEO of Dropbox: “Figure Out the Things You Don’t Know.” During the interview, Houston shares the cheat sheet he would give his 22-year-old self.  It contained 3 three things, one of which was a tennis ball.  To Houston, the tennis ball represents your passion. “The most successful people and successful entrepreneurs I know are all obsessed with solving a problem that really matters to them. I use the tennis ball for that idea…

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The Scouting Report: Blog Reflections & Student Feedback

The Scouting Report: Blog Reflections & Student Feedback

Enter most workout gyms, and you will see mirrors encasing the room. Upon initial evaluation, you may think they only serve vanity purposes, but mirrors also allow gym-goers to evaluate their form, make adjustments and improve their technique. If you lift and work out with the wrong posture, it defeats the purpose of your exercise and the time you invest in it. Game tapes for sports teams promote the same evaluative opportunities. As a former basketball player, my game significantly improved  when we were able to…

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Why Are You Keeping This Curiosity Door Locked?

Why Are You Keeping This Curiosity Door Locked?

I am not one to binge watch a TV show, but Stranger Things, Netflix’s newest original series, hooked me right in. Think Goonies meets Twilight Zone meets a John Hughes movie. I was also happy to see the positive influence of a teacher highlighted in the show. Recently in pop culture,  teachers are not often portrayed as role models much less passionate about their work ( Vice Principals, Bad Teacher, Teachers) so it was a pleasant change of pace. In one of…

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Don’t Let YOUR Comfort Level Hold Your Students Back

Don’t Let YOUR Comfort Level Hold Your Students Back

This week Instagram released their version of a “story” to their users. A concept made popular by Snapchat. There have been many articles discussing the differences between the two apps. Some of them commending Instagram on its simplicity and ease of use. There was a specific comment in an article  that prompted me to write this post. It stated that Snapchat’s problem  is that it’s always been confusing and opaque to use. Adults frequently complain they have no idea how to…

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