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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Monday, January 3, 2022
Over the new year, I spent an extended weekend with my family. It was a much needed vacation but the best part was my excited five-year-old nephew showing me his new school issued Chromebook. He just started kindergarten this year and every experience has been new after his last year in daycare and pre-k was mostly virtual or non-existent.
The first thing he wanted to show me was his new Chromebook. He was so excited to have a big kid computer. I loved seeing the practical use of all these programs and devices that I study and learn about. Since I work with mostly secondary teachers and was a secondary teacher before leaving the classroom, I wasn't sure how the younger students would do. Well, I'm impressed. Am I impressed with him or his teachers though? Or the Ed Tech companies that make the products? I think it's a combination of them all.
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His Chromebook is a touch screen and I think that was a good thing because I didn't once see him use the track pad. I'm not sure if he knows how and finds the touch easier, but I didn't ask. He did type a few keys when he pecked at some numbers.
Once logged in, he told me that I needed to click the beachball to open the computer. Yes, he called it a beachball and when I looked at it, I was surprised I never noticed that before. This is what I mean about kindergarten teachers knowing how to reach their students.
His district has defaulted the Clever page as the home tab so it automatically opened a page with all his bookmarks. When I started to type a page directly in the omnibar my sister actually looked up from what she was doing and reminded me not to "mess up" his computer because he wouldn't know how to access anything. In her defense, I do have a reputation for changing things on family members' computers (video clip from The IT Crowd that represents me trying to help) however I never mess with core functions or features.
My nephew pointed to Dreambox and was excited to show me all the games and avatars. I have heard of this program before but never actually used it, so I learned a lot by having him guide me through it. Seriously, he kept referring to it as games, never once referring to it as math. I love that. He was voluntarily practicing his math skills and referring to it as games. As someone that grew up on Reader Rabbit and Math Blasters, I completely agreed with this mentality.
Just a few bookmarks I saw on his Clever page:
- Discovery Education
- Google Classroom
- Renaissance Learning
- Typing Club
I really enjoyed learning about the Chromebook from the eyes of my nephew. Seeing his excitement about both the technology and school was great. Knowing how important the kindergarten experience as the first introduction to school, I'm glad to see that halfway through his first year he's having such a positive experience.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
While I don't consider myself an influencer, I also know that any educator on social media is an influencer. I'm hoping that I am doing this in a positive way and being helpful to other educators.
For a while now, I have posted about products I love, made video tutorials, and more to help others. This is why I'm very excited that for the first time in my educational social media experiences, I was contacted by a representative from a hardware company, Wacom. They saw my presentation listed on the FETC agenda and felt their product could help educators.
It arrived last week and I created an unboxing video so far. Since then, I have been testing the tablet in a variety of software to make an opinion before creating my next video and review.
In total, I plan to do a three piece series of YouTube videos:
- Unboxing - Showing how it arrives and setting it up.
- First impressions. Is it easy to start using? Is there a learning curve?
- Follow-up. After using it for a while, what are my final thoughts?
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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I knew I had seen a meme but could not for the life of me find the graphic. All my search results were leading me to lessons about actual cooking not a concept comparing lessons to cooking. This is why I turned to social media for help.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
About an hour before this post goes live, MIEExpert Cohort 11 premiered this short video that we have been working hard on. While my part in the video itself was relatively small, I did play a large part in the project as I edited the footage together.
This was by far the largest video project I have completed to date. While the video itself was shorter than most of my other videos, it required tons of editing, organizing, and more due to the amount of participants and individual clips. I decided to break down the steps we took to create this video.
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Friday, May 14, 2021
|Some of my momentos.|
Over a decade later, I still have mementos from that semester including the little magnet that was used to represent my position for the day at Jungle Cruise. They got rid of the magnet board and now use a digital assignment system, but those magnets still hold a sentimental value for all of us that worked before a computer told you where to stand for your shift. I also saved a Cast Atlas which was the behind the scenes map so I didn't get lost, and both my name tags. The dirtier/aged name tag is the one I wore every day in the parks, while the cleaner one was provided to me when I became a campus representative and helped future interns with the process at school before leaving for the program.The first day of my Disney College Program, I arrived at The Magic Kingdom in the early morning, before most of the employees and obviously before the park opened for the day. That day it felt magical to see Main Street USA without the crowds. While I saw this as a magical experience only a few were able to witness, now it's sadly a common view as the park was closed for months.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Recently I've started to focus more on my networking. A post I saw on Linkedin really made me think. The concept of the post was how to get a promotion and/or raise. The content was about not waiting for others to notice you but to force them to notice you. Alright, not exactly force them to notice you but brag about yourself or make sure they're aware of your accomplishments.
I started to write a response to the post right on it as a comment, but realized that I needed to think my response out more and it was probably going to be longer than a quick response. So here it is.
Jane Underwood, Linkedin
I've always had this problem with job interviews and I'm sure I've lost out on more than one position because of my awkwardness during the process. Now, I actually feel that introvertness in my current position. My boss tells me to list all my certifications and titles at the beginning of every presentation, webinar, or training session. When I said I don't feel comfortable doing that, a colleague was assigned to "introduce the speaker" and rattle off the list of titles and certifications that you see on the right bar of my website. See, I can show my accomplishments on my website, but I don't feel the need to brag about them. I'm not one of those people that puts every badge on my email signature because it will show my expertise. I have them in one place and that should be enough.
Yes, I have tons of certifications and for many of them I have worked very hard but they don't actually mean much. I mean, they do, but I don't think they're bragging worthy. The only title I have right now that I feel is worthy of bragging isn't even a title. I was selected as part of a national delegation last year for an international educator's conference. It's the only thing where I actually "beat the competition" to be selected. For many of my certifications, I just checked the requirement boxes.
Additionally, many of my titles that have been earned are collaborative accomplishments. When I became a Certified Innovator, I had a group of students and a parent help with the application video. I then attended a three day program where I worked with a team of other educators to complete a project for change. Let's not forget that while I attended that three day program, my colleagues all had extra work because they were down a teacher and agreed to give up their prep periods to allow me the time to attend the program.
When I got my degree, I had support from the school district I was working at during that time. The district reimbursed part of my tuition to help ease the financial burden of completing a degree. Many assignments required me to try things with my students and reflect. So without a class of amazing students that completed new lessons instead of the old curriculum ones, I would not have had the ability to complete my personal assignments. My administrator served as my advisor and supervisor for the internship part of my program. She had to meet with me weekly and completed paperwork to ensure I completed the requirements for state certification.