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Teacher, Educate Thyself

Teacher, Educate Thyself

During times that I feel overwhelmed, I shut down. This self-protection mechanism doesn’t work well for me, because when I feel overwhelmed and go into hiding, not much gets completed. This leads to more things to do. I totally understand this about myself. I do it when going to pay bills (the money is THERE, but I procrastinate it until I’m feeling anxious about my finances). Totally curable. I do it with with school work. I’ll find a million other…

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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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This way to the NEW TechFairies site!

This way to the NEW TechFairies site!

Welcome to our new site! I blame Meagan Kelly! Her site, I-Heart-EDU, is sharp, clean, and easy to use. I reached out to her and informed her that I wanted to have all our resources, presentations, and blog posts to be featured on ONE site. I have always been a fan of free, but MO and I (at least, I think MO wants that…I’ll find out when she wakes up) want a more professional looking site for all our edtech adventures!…

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Going for blackout!

Going for blackout!

We have been on this edtech journey since 2015 and are so blessed to have made great friendships and strong PLNs. This passion has lead us on great adventures! We had to make an When we think of our adventures, the amazing EdTechTeam comes to mind. As a group, they are so humble and sincere. These individuals truly care about your growth as a professional and as a person. We know that we would not have found our way without…

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Look what I found!!

Look what I found!!

What a great #EdTech summer! We love learning new things and meeting new friends! Such an awesome experience especially with #pokemongo. Can’t wait for new adventures this year!

NEW Google Sites!

NEW Google Sites!

NEW GOOGLE SITES I have been using classic Google sites for a long time. I had finally come to terms that I had a love/hate relationship with classic sites. I used in constantly in my classroom, for professional development, and to teach myself new tricks.  However deep inside, I was sad. I was sad because when I would show someone how to use it…I felt that I was convincing myself to continue to use it more than I was convincing…

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When Things Go Wrong

When Things Go Wrong

Yesterday was a frustrating day, but at the end of the day I had some good life lessons to share with my students: First thing off, our “specials” teacher had a substitute, and the substitute went to the wrong school. That wouldn’t be so bad if our school wasn’t the one in BFE and her travel time ate into my prep time by 20 mins. Then, we had no substitute for our RSP teacher, and we had to negotiate those…

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Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Old Woman

Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Old Woman

It’s Tuesday. I think. Ro is off on an east-coast adventure with a small group of 5th graders, and I’m still recovering. She’s amazing. But so was I 17 years ago.  😉  Someone has to stay behind and keep this machine running! I did spend much of yesterday attempting my Level 2 Google Educator Certification. I ran out of time *sniff* *sniff*, but now that I know what to expect, I’ll knock its socks off in two weeks (when I’m…

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Learning does not stop!

Learning does not stop!

It is always so sad when a GAFE summit is over! It is like a roller coaster ride of Google-ly Goodness.  You are nervous yet excited and a bit worried.  Once you start the ride, you feel the butterflies and maybe your “breakfast” rising up! LOL  However once you are locked into the seat there is no turning back! There are moments that are exhilarating and others that are overwhelming! You scream from excitement and terror. Once the ride is…

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Got a List?

Got a List?

I have all of the technology in the world to help me NOT feel this way, but I won’t use it. I have all kinds of extra time due to Winter Break, but I won’t use it. What is it that causes me to go into paralysis when I have SO much to do but don’t do any of it? I know that when I’m feeling overwhelmed with “Things to Do”, I feel much better when I make a list….

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