Professional Development

These posts concern professional development opportunities either I have participated in or ran/organized/presented.

“Badges? We DO need stinkin’ badges!”

I read a post from Alice Keeler, Google Drive Level Up Challenge, where she created an individualized, badge-awarding professional development tool using Google Sheets. I thought this was fantastic, though, I had one hesitation; I thought the concept of typing…

Facebook Inspired an Activity

If you are on Facebook, maybe you have seen this… It’s slowly making the rounds trying to get responses. Well, there are multiple ways of answering this problem and it could be interesting to see which method people employ. This…

ISTE 2015

There are events you attend which are filled with excitement; overwhelming with new ideas; and leave you with your head spinning. That’s how the International Society of Technology Educators’s conference was for me this past summer. Now I had the…

The Power of the PLN

I believe I was in a Twitter chat a couple of months ago where we discussed the use of iPads and apps in education.  Of course the conversation headed towards app smashing; the workflow of merging different apps to use…

Podcasts

Its taken me awhile to start listening to podcasts.  Mainly out of ignorance and using the excuse, lack of time.  But a colleague started to listen to them and recommended a couple to listen/subscribe to. Podcasts are like a radio…

Being Inspired

– Backstory – I recently read a post by Erin Flanagan where she offered a variety of strategies on how to utilize your iPad images.  I was inspired to beg, borrow, steal, tweak, etc.  After reaching out on Twitter and asking if…

Creating a Twitter Chat

Twitter chats can be a great way to gain many tried & true ideas in a short amount of time. Hashtags make it quite easy to follow a conversation online. In the past, I have participated in some established chats:…

SMART Video Bites

I completely forgot that I had this draft post sitting in my dashboard from the summer, whoops!   While, at the SMART Global Summit in Calgary, a challenge was offered to all the educators; create five Video Bites, short tutorials, with…