Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

So. Yesterday was a PD day in our district. We are lucky enough to have an administrative team that understands the value of “Choose Your Own PD” (most of the time 😉 ) rather than making us all sit through the same presentation, and we had a day full of 50-minute sessions that covered PE, our new ELA/ELD adoption, break-out grade level PLCs, and technology (YAY!). Ro and I were “split up” – she worked with K-2 while I worked…

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Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

Microblogs about the Bakersfield EdTechTeam Summit

I have really enjoyed using PicCollage‘s new app called Pic Kids to document and blog about what I have been learning and doing this summer. I am very thankful that Ann Kozma got me hooked on this! Microblogging has truly been a great way to share my adventures without having to use my computer or trying to set time aside to write a full blog post…like I am doing right now LOL!  It is so simple and easy to use. I love…

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Microblogs of CA Geo Teachers Institute #CAGTI17

Microblogs of CA Geo Teachers Institute #CAGTI17

Microblog is different from a traditional blog because it will have content that is short usually with more pictures and will be posted more frequently. At ISTE17, I was overwhelmed by the experience. I took notes, pictures, videos …but now to write a blog about my days at ISTE.  Well, that is a lot of information to discuss but I did a post about my takeaways from it. However, during my time at ISTE, I loved Ann Kozma’s idea of microblogging using PicCollage….

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No Coffee – Just Add Love

No Coffee – Just Add Love

When Mari, my sweet digi-daughter, asked me to write for her project, I said “YES!” I love to write and take far too little time in my days to put “pen to paper”. Though outside of my doodling, I don’t much use pen and paper anymore. I love using a computer to compose, and being able to cut and paste to move ideas and sentences around.  I also love the ability to let some writing “simmer” (a term I stole…

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Come to the Table!

Come to the Table!

One of my favorite things to do during summer is to sit at the beach and read a professional book. It’s even more fun when the book’s author is a friend and I can TOTALLY hear his voice as I’m reading (especially in his amazing footnotes – I’m usually #TeamEndNotes, but John gets a pass!). So, yesterday, as temperatures at home flirted with 105*, I took off to the beach with a friend who will be teaching TK next year,…

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Big Flippin’

Big Flippin’

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of popping in to my friend’s summer school “credit recovery” geometry class. Kristan teaches Geometry during the school year and does a wonderful job on integrating technology into her mathematics instruction. Earlier last week, she mentioned having her students use Padlet (which I LOVE … see Ro’s post on that platform!) to reflect on a super-interactive lesson, and I asked, via Twitter,  if she had tried Flipgrid. She said that she was excited to…

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TechFairies at ISTE

TechFairies at ISTE

  I’m writing during our flight to San Antonio and I’m a full of anticipation for this is our first time attending ISTE! We are so excited, especially to be in San Antonio as well (that’s on MO’s bucket list). So far we have met one new friend in the flight and she is a first-timer as well! Not only are we excited about the learning that will take place, but for the additions to our PLN that we will…

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Different ways to use Padlet in the classroom.

Different ways to use Padlet in the classroom.

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that shows responses/resources to be posted in real time.   I am fond of and am a big advocate of all of the GSuite tools. However, my favorite tool is Padlet! Padlet is the hub, the home page, the museum of digital artifacts posted from many artists. I 💗 Padlet! New Features Did you know that Padlet added some new features this past May? Before the update, you could choose to display your responses…

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Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Flipgrid is Flippin’ Awesome!

Good morning! Just a quick drive-by to offer up some work for you to do. 🙂 Because: If you haven’t used Flipgrid yet, you need to. Here’s an opportunity to try it from a student’s perspective. You’re helping me out! It’s summer and I’m nosey. All of the above. I’m also practicing with embedding something (this Flipgrid “Card”) on our blog. Ever learning!

Circling Around Again

Circling Around Again

Ro & I have had a few “back where we started” moments in our 2.5-year-long EdTech adventures. Our first was being presenters at the EdTechTeam Summit in Las Vegas January of 2016. A year before, we’d driven the 5 hours to Sin City, not knowing how incredibly excited we would be by the end of the weekend and how it would change our lives – for the better. Having the opportunity – and confidence in our skills – to present…

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