Saturday, June 27, 2015
The purpose of the group is to develop educational technology leaders who will take their learning back to their schools, throughout the county and even to others in the state and beyond. Last week (officially the first week of summer break, but not for us) I participated in four days of intense professional development which I have written about in previous posts. I learned about the importance of being a connected educator, tips and tricks of using twitter, what Andragogy means, how to gamify learning, SMAR & TPACK strategies, how to flip the classroom, and the importance of project based learning. We got lots of goodies, like a laptop and and iPad. For our classrooms we were given the choice between iPads and Chromebooks. It was so much fun to unwrap 20 iPads (ten for my class and 10 buddy iPads) We learned a lot of information, and it was hard to take in all at once. We have two days in August to look forward to as well.
The more I process what I have learned, the more excited I am about using the skills and strategies in the classroom. The best part about Pinnacle was the camaraderie. Thirty-three creative, innovative, and positive educators, collaborating together to help our students learn. I look forward to working with this group for three years. I can't wait to see where we are three years from now. I am incredibly thankful to all of the people who encouraged me to join Pinnacle. See this article on the district web page for more information.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Some people don't like my enthusiasm. They give me looks and tell me to calm down. I feel really embarrassed when this happens. My cheeks get red and hot and I try to smile it away. My enthusiasm immediately burns out. Sometimes I think they are right. That I should calm down and chill out. This is why I work with children. They have no problem with my enthusiasm.
God gave me this enthusiasm for a reason. My students need it. They need someone who gets excited about their learning so that they can get excited about their learning. They need a teacher who will holler with them, laugh with them, get a little too loud with them and dance with them.
Today I read a great blog post about enthusiasm. It reminded me that I do not need to calm down and chill out. I should "never lose my enthusiasm" even if others think I am crazy. If my craziness helps students learn, so be it.
Thank you @CSmithGoBlue for the inspiration for this blog. Check his out.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Today I learned
- what # really means
- Why on earth did I stop using Flipboard
- Use Hootsuite on iPad
- Use tweetdeck on computer
- Lurking on twitter is appropriate
photo credit: Beach Ball via photopin (license)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
|Today we were on a desert island.|
|We made cube puzzles|
|We explored Minecraft worlds.|
- Kids love games
- Video first then image (Green Screen app)
- Project based learning- Have kids solve real world problems like making their playground safer.
- Have students watch video tutorials before you start a new tool. Basically flipped technology.
Monday, June 15, 2015
I am so excited to be a part of Pinnacle. For those who get irritated when bloggers just throw things out there, Pinnacle is a group set up by my district to train and develop technology leaders in the classroom, in their schools and beyond.
We were asked at the end of the day to answer this question:
Pinnacle, the technology frontier. These are the voyages of the tech geek Cissel. Her 3-year mission: to explore strange new strategies, to seek out new learning and new ways of teaching, to boldly go where no teacher has gone before.
Goal 1: to explore strange new strategies: I will try it out even though it is crazy, different, and colleagues may raise their eyebrows at me.
Goal 2: to seek out new learning and new ways of teaching: I will be proactive in seeking new ways of doing things. I will challenge myself not to teach the way I have always taught because my students do NOT learn the way students have always learned.
Goal 3: to boldly go where no teacher has gone before.: I will be bold, sharing my explorations with others and daring others to take the journey with me.