February 20, 2015

Tools for No School Days

"Frozen Schuylkill River, Philadelphia 2014" by Shuvaev - Own work.Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

At 5:50 a.m.  this morning I received an email from my principal informing me schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were closed to severe weather conditions. It was +1 with wind chills factored in to -13.  We already lost Tuesday to snow. All this on a short week.

After reading my principal’s email on my phone, I got out my iPad and loaded the Schoology app to post a quick update to all my classes (my guys just love that).  My PC Repair classes were reminded there was a scheduled quiz on the motherboard videos we viewed in class. That quiz is on Schoology and still needs to be completed today.  My Operating Systems Fundamentals students were directed to EdPuzzle to complete a video quiz. I also teach a Tech Communications class and they were directed to Quizlet to get some vocabulary review in today. This group was scheduled to have a Kahoot match today and they were informed it has been rescheduled for Monday.

I finished posting my updates and crawled back under the covers by 6:05 a. m. Later today I will check their progress along with my email. My guys know I check my mail and I have alerts set for emails from our student Google Apps for Education domain.

I am wondering what tools other teachers are using to keep their students engaged in the learning process outside of school? Schoology and EdPuzzle can also be used to Flip faculty meetings and Staff Professional Development.  What possibilities do you see for using these or other tools with your teachers?
Photo credit: 
"Frozen Schuylkill River, Philadelphia 2014" by Shuvaev - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frozen_Schuylkill_River,_Phi...

February 17, 2015

Passion for Learning & Sharing

I suppose from appearances my roles in education, specifically on my school level, could be classified as follows:
  • classroom teacher
  • department chair
  • faculty trainer
  • mentor
  • education leader

The one big piece I see missing from the above list is learner.  As I classify my roles I see things quite differently:
  • self-motivated learner
  • community member
  • learning network member
  • collaborator
  • classroom teacher
  • department chair
  • edtech trainer
  • mentor
  • technology coach
  • education leader

It is obvious to me that I am a learner first. If was not a learner first, I would not be able to fulfill any of my other perceived roles as an educator.  Surprisingly I was never much of a reader until I got involved in online learning communities in 2008. My involvement in learning communities along with developing my personal learning network has stretched me beyond my wildest dream. As I got more comfortable with my learning I began to share on Twitter, Scoop.it and most recently Google+.  My personal reading time increased exponentially over the years.  I end most days reviewing my Zite and Feedly feeds. 

Learning and sharing keeps me current while making me a better educator. My students and peers also benefit from my online learning.

February 12, 2015

Learning From Failing

Don't be afraid to fail! Every failure takes you 
one step closer to success!

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