Tuesday, May 8, 2018

When everything falls into place..

A few weeks ago I had one of those marvelous inspiring days ... It almost seemed accidental or perhaps providential.  For "in the trenches" teachers, it is one of those days when the learning and engagement come together and you as the teacher can watch it all happen with maximum flexibility to interact with all learners.   For Professional Developers this day appears when your participants are actively creating and interacting with others to make curriculum or educational technology magic happen.   I had just such a day:

I had a history teacher, who is a Civil War Re-Enactor, in one of my PD sessions looking to change up the dynamic of his classroom instruction.  I told him about my Virtual World projects, The Islands of Enlightenment, fully expecting his eyes to glass over and politely nod, but then look for another option.  Instead, he embraced the idea, asked all types of insightful questions and looked to dig right in.  So, I connected some of my OpenSim buddies who have been using virtual environments for years with their history classes and set up a day to get together and flesh out the idea of creating a Virtual Civil War experience for students.

What happened next was truly magical.    The teacher with the Civil War Re-Enactor experience brought his extensive knowledge of what a Civil War Encampment would look like, and the virtual world teachers started creating the encampment.  We spent the entire day working, collaborating, researching, and having fun!  Here are a few of the pictures from that day.













Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Coffee with a Geek At Canada's Connect Conference!


I am really honored to be a part of the Connect 2018 Conference in Niagara Falls Canada!  I have been here 2 years in a row and have really loved the energy and awesome edtech ideas of my colleagues from the North!

I was invited to attend this year and bring my Coffee with a Geek nerdy glasses and interview some of the amazing speakers and participants at the conference.  Check out my list of speakers and their videos through the Connect page or my youtube channel links!

Speakers on April 25th

Speakers on April 26th




Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Amy Storer

DATE:  4/17/2018
TIME:  4pm-4:30pm Eastern
Livestream URL:  https://youtu.be/nZoegZM5T2w


Amy Storer is an Instructional Coach with a lot of great ideas and energy.

A little about her in her own words:  

"I am a graduate of Lamar University with a

Master's in Educational Technology Leadership. I truly love being an instructional coach for Montgomery ISD. This year is my 2nd year as a campus coach, and I am so happy to be at our newest elementary school, Keenan Elementary. I have taught grades 1-4, and I am also a technology integration mentor for my district. I hold 2 Teacher of the Year distinctions and, in 2015, I was a top 4 finalist in HEB's Excellence in Education in the "Leadership Elementary" category. I am an educator that encourages and motivates others to reach far beyond the classroom walls to make the learning more meaningful and inspiring. I have a true passion for working with other educators and students to encourage them to make and foster global connections"

Places To Connect:
@techamys (Twitter and Instagram)



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Marlena Gross-Taylor

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
TIME:  4-4:30PM Eastern Time
WHERE:  YouTube Live  (Join the conversation live or watch later)



What a great experience interviewing an Edugladiator!  (What a great name)  A little about Marlena in her own words:  Marlena Gross-Taylor is a dedicated & successful K-12 leader with proven track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision, strategic planning, leadership and team building. She had a sound knowledge of elementary and secondary education and broad-based experience creating and implementing dynamic interactive programs that continue to transform the learning experience for students.

Ways to connect with Marlena:




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Susan Kwiecien




I've met Susan at many #Edtech venues from NYSCATE to Canada Connect Conference.  Recently, I've discovered she's working on a new edtech venture Cube 4 Teachers.   This site is a combination of Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers and a curation platform.

I'll talk to Susan about the platform, as well as, big picture ideas of education based on her vast experience as an educator and entrepreneur .

A little about Sue in her own words:  Sue is an educator and social entrepreneur.  Her experience in education is diverse, teaching students from pre-k to adult learning. She is most passionate about equality and equity in education to ensure that all students have access to opportunities for success.  She is the co-founder of Cube for Teachers - one of Canada’s largest education sharing networks where educators can search, save and store links to all things educational. Sue believes that accessing target differentiated resources with just-in-time results is fundamental to the modern educator.

Ways to connect with Sue:

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Digital Art Museum Article


I am so honored and grateful to have an article published about the work of Sheila Cannon and I. The Digital Art Museum Project was designed to showcase the project that involves Middle School Art students creating works of art in digital forms. Why is this valuable? Let's face it, today's artists are not only working in the traditional means of art (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, designs, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking, literature and architecture) but are working in digital forms created by computer programs such as Blender, Unity, Autocad, etc.  If you have watched any current movie, most likely the background imagery was probably created by high powered computer animated graphics.  Video games and even app based games are almost exclusively created via digital form.  So, if one goal of K-12 schooling is to prepare students for careers, what better way to get them started by creating art using the programs detailed in this article?

Special Thanks goes to Sheila, who was a reluctant collaborator, but a true visionary pioneer!  

Article Link:  HERE

Citation:

·     Cannon, Sheila , and Andrew M Wheelock. “The Digital Art Museum.” New York State Education Department, Jan. 2018, www.nysed.gov/edtech/fredonia-middle-school-digital-art-museum.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Day of Learning with Matt Miller: Ditch That Textbook Workshop


We had an amazing day of Learning with my personal #Edtech Super Hero, Matt Miller

Not familiar with Matt and his work.  Check it out below:

Ditch That Texbook Blog
Ditch That Texbook Author Page
Follow Matt on Twitter
My Interview with Matt


Check out our Moments from the Day HERE