Many of our BCPS teachers are currently enrolled in the "REMC-Blended Learning in the Classroom" course, of which I am a co-instructor. One of the requirements was to interview the district Technology Director. After many attempts, I was able to successfully set up a Google+ Hangout on Air with our class and they were able to go live and ask away. Great questions from great participants! Check it out HERE.
It's official, I am so excited to be presenting at MACUL 2014!
My "Wizard of Oz" inspired presentation will follow the ups and downs of implementing a 1:1 Chromebook and 1:10 iPad plan in an at-risk building in our district.
Some of the talking points will include:
In November, the Curriculum/Technology departments started planning for our district-wide February 3 Professional Development day.
Call for Presentation Proposals Google form sent out, and amazing presentations started rolling in.
Mapping it out on the wall-sticky notes are our friend. It starts to take shape: 4 sessions total for the day. As presentation proposals come in, we post them here.
Tonight I will be sharing an excellent presentation from Common Sense Media on Digital Life: Our Kid's Connected Culture.
As parents today, the world of social media and it's impact on our children, is difficult to grasp. We must educate them to be good digital citizens, but starting at home is where I always like to begin.
Parents-it is okay to set limits, talk and say no to your child regarding Social Media use. It is possible to use it in a safe way that will protect their social footprint for years to come.
According to the Digital Life PPT, from Common Sense Media, below are some tips>
TOPICS to CONSIDER:
* Norms of Communication
* Information going viral
* Think before you post
RAISING DIGITAL CITIZENS:
* Embrace their world (do not fear the unknown)
* Encourage Balanced Use
* Monitor media
* Set Limits
* Nothing is private
* Establish Privacy Settings
* Keep Passwords Private
* Identities last
* Avoid Risky Behavior
* Discuss Accountability
* Is a person who they say they are?
* Marketing to youth strategies
Peace, Joy & Tech!
I think in flow charts.
When encountering a challenge/opportunity/problem to solve, my brain immediately begins to reflect on whether or not the structures for success are in place. These are the flow charts I see in my mind.
The next step is then considering whether or not, the flow chart can be put into place to create organization, with seamless two-way communication and follow-through.
Enter the fine folks who have willingly joined our district-wide "TechNet" to collaborate, share, and embrace these opportunities together.
I am one Technology Trainer in a district with 13 buildings. Each person's technology knowledge has limits and these TechNet representatives each share their incredible knowledge of what works, doesn't work, and their dreams of where we want to go.
I encourage anyone supporting buildings to create a Network. Not a committee necessarily, but a network. A network is "a group or system of interconnected people or things."
The steps are simple:
1. Work with building leaders to gather names of possible tech-interested staff
2. Send a personal invitation-just asking makes people feel special
3. Express the desire to create an INTERCONNECTED network; everyone learns and shares
4. Hold a first meeting to define the purpose and vision of the network
5. SHARE! Collaboration in and out of the network meetings should be encouraged
6. Communication is key and needs to be done on a regular basis: I post to a Google Group and Twitter @bcpsedtech at least once a week with updates, and have started this blog
7. Be present and out in buildings, perhaps holding "Drop In Days" for on-demand tech support
In the end, if we are interconnected, that impacts all, and especially the students we serve, which is really what matters most.
Peace, Joy and Tech!
After eight weeks of working with various website platforms, I have finally landed right back where I started-WEEBLY.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I TRIED others, three others for that matter. I even attempted to migrate my previous Curriculum Coach website into a new EdTech website. Finally, I just waved the white flag of surrender and started over (again).
With an upcoming PD on Friday, it finally came time to PICK ONE and go with it. So back to Weebly I ventured, with its easy tools, and lovely layouts, to start over one last time. I write that knowing I may eat those words.
But for now-GOOD ENOUGH!
It is my eventual goal to create a space where Blended Learning can be modeled and occur seamlessly. I want to be able to pull up this website to actually run and interact with during the Professional Development sessions that I offer.
These first few weeks have been a whirlwind of EdTech. I have based my schedule on requests and there have been plenty to fulfill. Some of the main requests include:
GOOGLE DRIVE applications
iPads-how to set up for a classroom/school
Chromebooks-setup and implementation
Based on the large number of requests, I have decided to start with GMAIL/CALENDAR and hold a few after school "bootcamps" so everyone who needs it has an opportunity to learn how to work with their basic productivity tools.
Today I accepted a district position as the Educational Technology Support Specialist.
WOW! Just writing that makes it so real. I am excited, terrified, joyful and sad all at once. Such a myriad of emotions as I try to process leaving my position for the last six years as Handy Middle School's Instructional Coach to taking a new role.
Time to soak up the last few hours of summer freedom and begin the transition to a new role.
Seven years ago, my principal approached me and asked me to join him as part of a Leaders in Literacy grant through our local university. I gladly accepted the two year commitment and thus entered the arena of K-16 collaboration.
Today marks the official end of that journey, after many grant extensions over the last seven years, and even switching to a new district. It is bittersweet in that some of the folks I have met on this journey have grown into a solid professional learning community that are my support network.
The grant has shaped me as a literacy leader, reminded me how much I love EdTech, and has given me many opportunities to learn from my colleagues.
I wish them all well as we apply the numerous literacy strategies and mad tech skills we have gathered along the way.
Today is the day to keep my promise to create a space to share my work. This website has been in draft form for too long, it will be published by bedtime. :)
I am honored that there are those who wish to see what I am working on and explore what I have done in the past. What an exciting, ever-changing time to be in education, both challenging and inspiring. I accept it, I embrace it, I LOVE it!
Rebecca S. Young
EDTECH 4 Everyone
- 1:1 Essentials
- Assistive Technology
- Blended Learning >
- Content Area Integration >
Google: Online Training
- Differentiating Instruction
- Gamification in ED
- iPads (21Things4iPads)
- MakerSpaces >
- Media K-5
- Microsoft Office 2013
- PBL: Project Based Learning
- Skyward Topics >
- Tech Integration Models >
- Web 2.0 Tools & Resources >
- Becca's BLOG