Professional Development

Tenants of a Quality Professional Development Plan (part 2)

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Part II Interspersed between formal PD sessions should be team, departmental, and informal meetings that build-in time for collaborative iteration of not just actual classroom implementation of learned concepts, but also refinement of the upcoming PD sessions based on feedback (both to sessions and to surveys regarding implementation) and observations.   Ongoing and frequent assessment […]

Professional Development

Tenants of a Quality Professional Development Plan (part 1)

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Part I   Throughout my time creating and offering professional development book for my division and through professional conferences numerous tenants of quality professional development have risen above others. Developing PD begins with data, conversations, surveys, and/or research. Successful PD has been researched and surveyed for years yielding a range of attributes characteristic of high […]

EdTech Integration

Technology to Make a Difference

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Technology to Make a Difference Cross-posted at The Robb Review Blog; follow @ERobbPrincipal   As an education professional and a technology integration specialist, there is often a myth or misconception that presents itself.  This myth is that a technology project is the same thing as technology integration.  Often a project will be worked into a […]

Relationships

Gaining Inspiration from Letting Go

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  Just a few weekends ago my family had to say goodbye to one of our dearest pets, our hedgehog Willow.  Many people have never had a pet hedgehog, and still fewer have had a pet hedgehog that has the disposition of a puppy.  Our Willow never balled up (a well-known defense mechanism) in response […]

Reflection

A Look Back on 2016

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A Look Back on 2016 They say that time flies when you’re having fun; I often wonder if being a busy teacher may give fun a run for its money. Nearly any teacher you talk to will tell you how busy not only their job is but just how intensely busy life becomes with personal […]

EdTech Integration

EdTech Isn’t the Lone Savior

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EdTech Isn’t the Lone Savior Well into my sixth year as an instructional technology resource teacher (ITRT) I have come to realize many things about what technology integration (not simply an add-on) truly means and that educational technology (edtech) isn’t the savior of education.  I have seen more edtech tools and software come along than […]

G Suite

G Suite Training – FREE

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Update: Synergyse Training for Google Apps is now “G Suite Training” Word has begun spreading that Google has acquired Synergyse, a great training aid in the world of Google Apps.  Synergyse provides step-by-step in app training in nearly every Google Apps currently available (Features and Benefits).  If you are unfamiliar with Synergyse, please check out […]

G Suite

#Inspired Creativity

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#InspiredCreativity There are many moments throughout a person’s life when failure arises and often at the moments it is least expected.  I can clearly remember a time in elementary school when I simply couldn’t master the art of covertly making a record breaking paper airplane.  Try as I might my efforts were normally discovered before […]

G Suite

VA EdTech Team Summit: Third Time’s a Charm

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It has been nearly one month since I attended the Virginia EdTech Team Summit featuring Google Apps for Education for the third year in a row.  Every year has proved rewarding in different ways with an incredible amount of information taken away.  Choosing a session during the summit is always a challenge when you know […]