The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience Working on servers this week, a humbling and frustrating experience, reminded me of the importance of patience when working with people. I found myself in a similar position as many of my teachers when learning to integrate technology in their classes in a meaningful way. I spent 3 days with systems engineers and my account manager at JAMF Software working on preparing for our middle school iPad roll out. Initially everything…

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#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

  Shaped by Data Teacher professional development, like anything these days, has been shown to be more effective if it is based on data. Data driven goals and objectives can form the subject or basis of PD and help make that connection between professional practice and student need. In Texas, I particularly like the work of Ervin Knezek and the Lead4ward team in this area. What they have done is to help school districts by developing templates…

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Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term Amen! The one thing that seems to be constant in education, is that nothing seems to be constant in education. Veteran teachers know that if they wait long enough, the current district or campus initiative du jour will pass and they can get back to doing what ever they did before. What we as administrators often forget is that the greater the degree of change that…

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Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

  Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content This seems self evident, but I’ve attended many PD sessions and have heard feedback from colleagues who attended tech trainings that were not explicitly targeted to their classroom practice, pedagogy and content. The TPACK framework is a good visual model of how the areas of technology, pedagogy, and content area knowledge intersect to form tech rich classroom practice. Many effective trainings will fall into intersections of any…

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#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

On the Job or Job-Embedded Training   Who hasn’t attended a tech workshop at a conference, been all fired up to implement some of the new ideas, only to have difficulty making them work in the classroom? The closer that a training is to the context, location, and need of the teacher, the more likely that learning will be generalized and extend into actual classroom practice. Professional development needs to be part of the teacher’s daily…

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Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development

Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development I’ve been studying over the past two years how to best create, deliver, use, and abuse #EdTech Professional Development in our district. Like anything, sometimes you eat the bear… and sometimes the bear eats you. That’s why there’s this thing called research that people do, and it really helps to inform you of what works and what doesn’t. So hopefully, this little post will share some of what…

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Tuesday’s Tech Tips 3/3/15

Tuesday’s tech tips is a collection of resources on the topics related to instructional technology for teachers in Sanger ISD. You might find something there that you like or is helpful. If the page doesn’t load, click here for external link:

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Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes

Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes. Native Americans of Texas describes the various tribes of Native Americans who populated Texas prior to 1830. This work is created by 4th grade students in Mrs. Belita Morris’s Texas History class at Clear Creek Intermediate School in Sanger ISD. The students worked very hard on their chapters while having fun. They were really excited to see their work get published….

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The Importance of Sharing “The Word” on #EdTech

Spreading the message is something that I am extremely passionate about. Encouragement, inspiration, enticement, instruction, and support are the primary tools I use to create change through communication and collaboration. Technology has made the world a very small place, enabling us to readily interact with larger and larger circles of teachers than ever before. I communicate with educators across the globe through social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Google+. This allows me…

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Using an iBooks Author Project to Teach Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 10th Graders

by Cassie Miller We started the iBooks Author project as an experiment for our IT director, Chris Miller. None of the kids knew how to use it, as it had been out as an app for just a short time. I couldn’t help them or teach them how to use it – I was clueless! I could help with the content, but the kids had to figure the how-to and ins-and-outs on their own. And…

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