So many things have happened in the last two months. How do you continue to keep up with everything and build good habits, like writing on your blog on a regular basis. I struggle with this and want to write more.
One of the HABITS I have tried to make part of my daily life is using a todo list and the top 3 priority. I have tested so many different apps, and have decided that the app that will do almost everything I want is Wunderlist. It allows me to easily have the list on my computer, and on each of my devices, (iPad and iPhone).
Another HABIT I am struggling with is finding time for working out and eating healthy. How long does it take to build a habit. I can't seem to make these changes for more than a couple days. I tried to also drink less DIET Coke, my methods did not work with that one either. Any suggestions on how to make something a HABIT, my diet coke addiction may be useful. Unless you have stock in Coke products.
Kevin Honeycutt at Podstock last year, challenges us not to be a fader when it comes to being a connected educator. I feel I have NOT been a fader. I have been very active on Plurk, Twitter, and SimpleK12. Thanks for the challenge Kevin. Maybe that is what I need for my habits is competition. Connect with me on twitter at @brendahauff
I created Goals, not really resolution because of a facebook group the TechFormers Unite group on facebook. If you have not joined this group it is an amazing group of growing educators. Last time I checked there was over 500 people and this group is not even 3 months old. They are posting challenges to help you connect with technology and use it in your classroom. Gamification is important for adults too, not just kiddos.
One of my goals was to start a podcast this year. I have wanted to do this for years. Like maybe 10 and this is the year it will happen. Last week I spent Monday recording my first Podcast and other logistical stuff to make this happen. The podcast is called McTech2go, not the typical name, listen to find out why this name makes sense for me. In the next month you will see me and McTech2Go on Remarkable Chatter as an Affiliate of ESSDACK.
Wow this has been an amazing quarter. Things have been so incredibly busy.
I think I better stop before I fill-up another page with the tech stuff happening at PVMS.
Today's meeting included numourous things, but one of the things I am excited about is the TIG directly, maybe I will do a better job of connecting names and schools with people this year. Sevearl of the TIG members have website, what wonderful resources.... Here are the links....
Take some time to explore their sites, wonderful IT staff...
We will also be reading Teach like a Pirate this year... Keep checking back for more updates on our book and adventures at TIG.
I am starting year two of attending the Technology and Nerds Group at ESSDACK in Hutchinson, KS. (maybe this year I will not get lost on the way home... I always get their just fine, but getting home sometimes is a challenge. Thank goodness for GPS, but lastime the construction made this challenging)
Our first day for the year is tomorrow. But if your not signed up yet its not to late, you can start in September... Some of the participants are classroom teachers, librarians, IT district staff, IT building staff, so if you like to integrate technology into your classes and lesson, this is for YOU. I feel my skills and passion for what I do has grown this last year... Below is what ESSDACK posted on their facebook page earlier in the week...
https://www.facebook.com/ESSDACK, Looking for some help figuring out how to best implement those new iPads (or other technology) in your school this year? Then our Technology Integration Group is for you!
You are invited to join TIG, made up of K12 educators who come together from across Kansas to meet in Hutchinson the first Friday of every month during the school year. We share tools, strategies, and problem-solve in this unique and fun PLC!
Our FIRST MEETING of the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for August 2nd, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Lunch is provided.
All educators, K12, are invited to participate. Contact Pam for more information! 620-663-9566
I like the opportunity to start fresh,... I am not the teacher that teaches the same thing (of course some of it is the same) and the same way from year to year. It helps that I am not a core classroom teacher. There is always opportunities for growth and change in my teaching and working with other teachers. Each year is a new adventure.
I look back over the last 5 years I have grown so much professionally. My district has given me the opportunity to receive cognitive coach training (yes, I passed the class), participated in a staff development group at ESSDACK for Technology Integration Specialist, attend and Present at FETC, and Podstock, experience working with both apple and PC products, and so many other opportunities.
I have several goals for this year...
What are your goals for the upcoming school year....
I am a wife, mother, and tech geek. I have my masters in Technology Instruction and Integration. I have taught and worked with technology for over 2 decades. I currently work as a Instructional Technology Specialist at Wichita Public Schools in the Magnet office. I present at conferences, and SimpleK12 along with consulting. Contact me for your technology needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.