Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 16

Pin It Day 16 - If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?
I think my desired superpower would be the ability to ease the fears of educators who are reluctant to use technology.  I wish I could exude some sort of relaxation pheromone.  :)  Nine times out of ten, if an educator will just trust me and relax, they will see that the tool or the concept or the device really isn't so scary after all!

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 15

Pin It Day 15 - Name three strengths you have as an educator.
  1. Patience - I am way more patient with my teachers that I am with my own family!
  2. Resilience - no matter how hard the task, I'm not going to give up!
  3. Positive attitude - call me Positive Pauline...in general I am pretty optimistic.  :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 14

Pin It Day 14 - What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?
Because my "students" are actually teachers, my feedback for learning comes in the form of positive affirmations based on the things I see the teachers doing well.  I often leave teachers little notes, email them about something positive I saw and copy their administrator or give them public shout outs in front of their peers to try and reinforce the strong teaching strategies.  I think I am fairly consistent in this method and do it well.
Check out this article from te@chthought for some great ideas on how to provide feedback for learning: 20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 13

Pin It Day 13 - Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.

It will be no surprise to you that all of the tools in my list are Google tools.  :)  The 5 tools below are the ones that are most consistently used in Brenham ISD classrooms and used with purpose.
  1. Chromebooks
  2. Google Drive (and connected apps)
  3. Google Classroom
  4. Google Groups
  5. Gmail
I would also like to add a few non-Google tools that are widely used by my teachers and are highly effective.
  1. Remind 101
  2. Nearpod
  3. Educreations
  4. Explain Everything
  5. TechSmith Snagit

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 12

Pin It Day 12 - How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?
My role as an educator has evolved over the last 10 years from a teacher of students to a teacher of teachers.  I have enjoyed this transition and expect that over the next 5 years I will continue to transition.  My hope is that I will continue to do professional development on a larger scale.  I love talking with teachers and training on Google Apps for Education.  I love producing the Texas Google Summit.  Planning and delivering professional development is my passion and I hope that the next 5 years will bring me more opportunities to do that!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 11

Pin It Day 11 - What is your favorite part of the school day and why?
This year it has absolutely nothing to do with my career or my teachers or my job responsibilities...  This year my VERY favorite part of the day is at 3:55 when bus 9 pulls up to the Brenham High School and my 5 year old sweet, smiling kindergartener gets off.  :)  He has wanted to ride a bus for as long as he knew what one was and this year he gets to ride the transfer bus from his elementary school to my campus.  I also have to say, the second most favorite part of my day is when we walk to the daycare (which is housed on my campus and only for BISD employees) to get my 2 year old son.  As soon as big brother walks in the door, the little one is running straight to him and they bear hug.  Every day.  Doesn't get any better than that!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Non-Google users can book time on your Google Calendar using YouCanBook.Me! #GAFE #Google #bisdwired

Pin It Just learned of this AWESOME tool, YouCanBook.Me, that allows NON-GOOGLE users to book time on your Google Calendar!  This would be a great tool for booking parent conferences!  Here's a really quick, down and dirty demo video of how it works...