I know it has been a little over a month since my last post and as one of my professional resolutions, I resolve to uphold a regular posting schedule…again. I was great about regular posts when I was in the classroom, but have fumbled around with what to say since I left the classroom. Interestingly enough, I have more to say now, and just need to own up to it and make it happen. So, I also resolve to follow through with unfinished posts (and various sundry projects as well). To paraphrase Seth Godin in Poke the Box, not finishing a task doesn’t count as “shipping” (or delivering/presenting your work) and if you don’t “ship” you can’t succeed or fail. Seth Godin is a huge proponent of failure as a means toward deeper, reflective learning. As an educator, so am I. It is about time that I take my own advice and just put stuff out there…good stuff of course, but there is no sense in having a bunch of ideas that never see the light of day.
In keeping with this resolution, below is a post I started some months ago (as in September 2015 to be exact…yes, I know I am running on super-slow island girl time here). Hopefully some of these resources will be useful to you, your student(s), or your teammates.
This past fall, I paired up with Wenona, one of our CCSD Title I Academic Coaches to deliver a Professional Learning session to our peers. By bringing together both of our experiences within the classroom and as coaches, the two women were able to share ways in which digital tools can be used to help classroom teachers, streamline day-to-day work, and to aid in the presentation of Professional Learning. Some of the digital tools referenced included, but were not limited to: Sway, Office Mix, Padlet, Voxer, Survey Monkey (Pro), Outlook, and more. (see image below)
Beyond the NearPod presentation, the general presentation materials can be found below.