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.
I follow Teacher Tipster on facebook. He has a post today on his dollar tree finds. He has some amazing videos on his youtube channel that makes things easier for you. I wonder if some of our middle school students could do some of these things and then go down to the elementary school and pair with some students. Would teach them and reinforce their skills too. Most of his ideas are probably for elementary. But love his energy. Some of the ideas can be used for middle school. One of his videos talks about Jinga sightwords. We have a Middle School Science teacher that has numbered the blocks and then the kids pull a card according to that number I think. I will have to ask her how she uses it, and post later. I am excited to watch more of this guys stuff. One of my goals last year was to bring back some of my elementary roots into the middle school classroom, with middle school content. And his website at TeacherTipster. Wonder if he is on twitter, need to check that next.
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.
Making a list and checking it twice. Looking at the calendar and figuring out when I can fit what in is challenging. So I was thinking that one way to keep on my goals of writing on the blog a minimum of 3 times a week, I maybe should have a list of topics to check off... So I have some questions for all YOU out there....
What topics do you want to hear about?
if you currently are a blogger, How to you keep the posting coming and current? What tips and tricks do you have for me...
Here's my list so far....
A co-worker @MathenDavid shared an iPhone, iPad mic he is using called a Mikey from Blue. Of course I had to order one when I got home... checkout their website...
We had a webinar with edmodo which also made me so excited I wanted to getup and scream, Yes.... I knew they had a new app coming out, and that their website was changed recently but did not realize the app had not been released yet... Ok so what made me so happy about the app one reason was there will be multiple user icons when you open the app up, so this will help with multiple students using an iPad which is the environment we work in. They also changed some things under groups that makes it show just my actual classes can show on the side and when I click show more the others will show. Seems like a little thing but when you have 20 or thirty classes on the side and you want a specific ones to show, this will help. Other neat items too that I can't remember at the moment... Oh and easier opening documents into edmodo on an iPad...
Shari Edwards a local star - who has been blogging for scholastic for the last year... I am amazed at how she has written for scholastic once a week all year. She does amazing things in the classroom, I was lucky to have her share her story and use of technology in her classroom today. Here is her scholastic blog, and her classroom blog that she will have more time for this year...
We will be replacing our local H drives with Oxygen cloud, which means both students and staff will be able to get documents from mobile devices, and computers from both home and school. This is a big, HUGE move for our district... I am so excited.
This is going to be an amazing year... Share with me the tools you are using and how things are going at your school and classroom.
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.