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I’m Back

It’s been 10 months since I have last blogged here.  It’s not that I have stopped exploring instructional technology, it’s just that I have forgotten how important it is to share what you are doing so that others can learn and try it out for themselves.  Many of my ideas, alright so all my ideas, were sparked from reading or hearing about what someone else is doing.   I was reminded of this on Friday as a colleague was telling me that something I did in the Spring they have taken and adapted for their own.  I am now taking that idea back to my own campus and will see where it goes from there.

I also need to practice formalizing the reflection piece of what I am doing.  I often think through activities that I have put together and plan out ways to make them better, but I fail to write those ideas down.  I will never remember the ideas to improve if I do not take the time to write.

What have I been up to in the past 10 months?

  • Working on improving and growing online professional development opportunities
  • Investigating Makerspace and how that can play a role on my campus
  • Reading more about STEM and STEAM (ties in with Makerspace) and how I can encourage that on campus
  • Started a Code like a Girl club after reading and hearing about how women are underrepresented in computer programming jobs
  • Trying to develop resources and professional development for my campus to encourage teachers to take risks and grow!
  • Being a mom and learning about how my own kids learn and how I want them to be taught.

My goal is to start blogging about those activities as a method of reflection and a way to share what I have learned as so many others have shared their knowledge with me.

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I was inspired at TCEA to start exploring a model of Flipped Professional Development.   After a week of toying with the idea I decided it was time to actually work design and complete a flipped training to get my feet wet.  I’ve learned a lot so far and I am only in the beginning stages.

Here are my take-aways so far:

  1. It is a lot of upfront work!   
  2. Have a good outline of what you want to cover and then create your presentation.  I started with the presentation and had to scrap it as I needed to get a better focus on the outcomes of the session.
  3. Determine the best format to present the information.   What needs to be video, what needs to be written and what should be done face to face.
  4. Choose a presentation tool to fit your audience.   I chose Prezi for this training because it allowed me to zoom in on the images so I could point out the details.   I thought using powerpoint would be too flat for a video and would lose their interest for this.  Also – I haven’t played with it in a long time and wanted some practice.
  5. Make sure you are having a good hair day if you are going to include a webcam shot of you during the presentation.  Vain I know, but this video will be around for a long time.
  6. It takes a lot of work!   I know I am repeating myself, but I have spent hours on a simple presentation becuase my hope is to create something that I can use again and again with different groups.  That makes the time investment worth it.

I am going to set up the video in our district’s moodle and will incorporate an embedded google form to ask questions after the video.  I am choosing google forms to demonstrate how the teachers can use them on their own websites when they are intimidated by moodle.

Here is my Prezi that I will be narrating and recording with Camtasia Studio.   The topic of the training will focus on creating Infographics in the social studies classroom using tools they are familiar with, more specifically Powerpoint.

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