July 11, 2014 — Administrators, Child, ISTE, Parents, Schools, Students, Teachers, Teaching
When the “Jersey Boys” (@wkrakower, @ScottRRocco @bradmcurrie ) asked me once again to guest moderate #satchat Live at ISTE I was honored. I came up with what I thought was an appropriate topic and questions for this special event “Starting a Tech Revolution in Your School or School District.”
I posted the questions.
This past year I have been asking students, parents, teachers and administrators wherever I have been about the actual use of technology in their schools. In the Stone Age district of Florida where I live when I questioned students and teachers if they ever did a Voice Thread, blog, a mystery location call, flip their learning or even connect they look at me as if I am talking a foreign language. I was also taken aback when I asked about tech use and a student replied: “We only really use technology when taking standardized tests!” Luckily I am moving to a new area in Florida where they “get it!” Are you ready for me @dennisdill @MLMRobertson @DianaLRendina and @professorjosh?
In the dark ages I made signs by hand!
When rock star and my good Twitter buddy and one night roommate, @thomascmurray, who recently testified in Congress on our behalf (ed tech), agreed to guest moderate we were set for a special live show.
@cybraryman1 @wkrakower @thomascmurray
So, there we were facing an enthusiastic audience of over 60 educators at such an early hour, on a Google Hangout with Scott and Brad (on his vacation) and a very active Twitter feed ( over 5,000 tweets in an hour).
Those present at #satchat Live at #ISTE2014 participated in a very lively and worthwhile discussion on technology. I have to especially mention the outstanding participation of @ugafrank and a guest appearance by awesome ISTE13 Keynotter @adambellow as well as contributions of @2footgiraffe
@plnaugle @ncarroll24 @JennRegruth @lparren @ StJMagistra @Kitty_Tripp @SandraTrach @LaurieBarron @elissamalespina @jdferries
@janwells. @JoAnnJacobs68 @noApp4Pedagogy among others.
@stringer_andrea a moderator of #satchatoc tweeted in from Australia that she wanted to see my cape
The infamous cape!
@ScottRRocco still in New Jersey led the GHO (google Hangout) while @bradmcurrie on vacation was still able to pop in and out. We all missed a live showing of our dear friend @casas_jimmy who chose to tweet in from his hotel room.
My Google Hangout page
I made sure to mention my good friends in the conversation: outstanding student leader @zakmal of #stuvoice in the student section, @thenerdyteacher in the teacher part (love his idea of presenting “pilot” project to administrators), @joemazza (#ptchat & parent camp) for his leadership in the parent piece and @NMHS_Principal for his efforts and book Digital Leadership ( so happy I caught up with,
hugged, spoke to and heard his presentation in his whirlwind one day appearance at ISTE. Best of luck Eric on your new position).
What makes ISTE so special was meeting and talking with so many members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network). So wish I could meet everyone but that would require traveling to the four corners of the world.
I will definitely keep in mind all that we discussed as I serve on the Advisory Board of #sxswedu
Please check out my good friend & co-presenter at ISTE @s_bearden amazing new app Tweechme. @kcalderw (airplane delayed but still managed to be there and followed up our #satchat discussion moderating a live #nt2t GHO with @wkrakower’s technical assistance & even I chimed in)
Thanks everyone (those present, tweeting in and watching the Google Hangout online) for making this Live #satchat at #ISTE2014 a very special discussion.
July 7, 2014 — Uncategorized
I wish I could meet and thank all the members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network) in person. Yes, it is I who should thank you because not only do you keep me young but you keep me motivated to learn and try to make the changes in education needed to help facilitate the learning of each and every child.
Kevin Hooeycutt, Angela Maiers and me.
In my new role as Social Media Storyteller for PRwithPanache! I will try to get businesses to build better relationships with those in education. We need to work together because it is all about the learning of our youth and grown ups. It is important to keep a running dialogue and listen to all parties.
As a new member of the Advisory Board of South by Southwest Edu #sxswedu I will strive to represent not only students and front line educators but parents and community. We should be working as an educational team.
@coolcatteacher @cybraryman1@NikkiDRobertson @kevinhoneycutt @elissamalespina @wkrakower @AngelaMaiers
My #YouMatter page http://cybraryman.com/youmatter.html
June 2, 2014 — Administrators, Child, Schools, Students, Teachers, Teaching
The Bammy Award Finalists 2014 has just been released and I congratulate all those selected however there so many deserving people who were not on that short list and they are all winners in my mind
We should not forget all the frontline educators, students, parents, advocates out there trying to best facilitate the learning of all students each and every day. Okay, you won’t get a Bammy trophy to place in your office or classroom or use as your avatar. You are a winner when a student says how much you mean to him or her, a parent thanks you for helping their child, an administrator pats you on the back or a colleague smiles and says thanks for your help.
Years ago I was honored each year at graduation with a plaque or teacher of the year trophy but after a while I told them “Enough!” My wife won’t let me throw out the awards I have received over the years. The most meaningful of all and the ones that I really treasure were from my students, who on their own gave them to me. I will not part with those as I do all the letters students wrote to me.
Please keep doing what you are and don’t be upset if you were not shortlisted or recognized for all that you do. Years, later you will be surprised as I have been when former students or colleagues contact you and thank you for your efforts.
My #YouMatter Page
May 25, 2014 — Administrators, Child, exercise, Fitness, Health, Parents, Schools, Students, Teachers, Uncategorized Tagged administrators, Children, Exercise, Fitness, Health, parents, students, teachers
Look around at our society and you will immediately see the fact that we are not as fit or healthy as we should be and this troubles me. We talk so much about tech but neglect health, fitness and nutrition without which we do not function as well as we should. I will never forget my good friend and assistant principal who passed on too early. He did not heed his doctor’s warnings and even my suggestions on improving his condition. This man stopped whatever work he was doing and helped anyone who came into his office. He was so concerned about everyone but himself.
As educators we should be setting a “healthy” example for our students. Now, we can employ tech to measure our health and fitness. Over a year ago on a promotion I picked up a free app Walk Tracker. I like the fact that periodically it indicates the distance I have traversed, my pace and calories exerted. It keeps me focused because I believe in sustained activity at a varying pace.
Helping me keep fit this year is the #500in2014 challenge group. My personal goal is have 500 miles by ISTE14 in June. I have a link to add your mileage for #500in2014 on My Exercise page
I am happy to see some of my PLN members using FitBit Fitbit® Official Site: Flex, One and Zip Wireless Activity and Sleep Trackers I feel it is a good start to making you more conscious of your fitness and health.
My friends and PLN members have mentioned about other devices they use which include the following:
Nike+ FuelBand SE. Activity Tracker & Fitness Monitor. Nike.com
MapMyWalk, CardioTrainer, RunMyRoute
Today I found an interesting article in USA Today Finally, fitness trackers measure up It will be interesting to see how the latest activity trackers work out!
Jawbone: UP24 | Activity Tracker with Bluetooth Sync | Live Better
Misfit Wearables Misfit Shine
Withings Pulse 02
Samsung Gear Fit
TECH NOW: Here’s the skinny on the latest fitness bands
Save of the Day: Optimize your workout with this watch
Whether you use these devices or not the main thing is that you start moving, become fitter and healthier.
April 3, 2014 — Uncategorized
It is amazing to me how far we have come as educators on Twitter. Connecting online and in person has changed the educational environment in many good ways. I have learned so much from the 13 edcamps and TeachMeets I have attended.
On the heels of the first edcamp in Philadelphia Andy Marcinek @andycinek on an #ntchat I participated in four years ago at this time proposed the idea for a New Teacher Camp. Most of the organization and planning was done by Andy with the able assistance of @geraldaungst. I had the honor of giving the opening speech.
I will attempt to remember many of those in attendance (please let me know if I left anyone out), who came from near and far, as it was a real Who’s Who of Twitter Educational celebrities:
@web20classroom (NC) @tomwhitby (NY) @kylepace (MO) @pammoran & @paulawhite (VA) @shannonmmiller (IA) @NMHS_Principal (NJ)
Many of the organizers and participants in the inaugural edcampPhilly were in attendance including: @dancallahan @mbteach @kristenswanson @aleaness @hadleyjf @butwait @rkiker @jasontbedell
I remember distinctly @meenoorami asking me if she should start a chat for English teachers. I said I would help her and #engchat was born.
How can I forget my fun talk with @smallbutfeisty and @DaretoChem
In four years there has been an explosion of the edcamp movement. I was upset I missed the inaugural #edampPhilly but thankful I participated in the second such event #ntcamp in Philadelphia. Many thanks to the organizers of the edcamp movement as it has helped bring teachers together to connect learn and share from one another. Please find or organize an edcamp in your area.
The EdCamp Wiki lists all the edcamps http://edcamp.wikispaces.com/
My EdCamp/TeachMeet page: http://cybraryman.com/edcamp.html
February 10, 2014 — Administrators, Child, ISTE, Schools, Students, Teachers, Teaching, Uncategorized Tagged administrators, Education, education teaching, education track curriculum chats twitter, educators, students, teachers, teaching, Twitter
The motto for this year’s #tcea14 Convention & Exposition was “Get “Inspired.” There are so many ways that you can get inspired.
During the past few weeks I attended some outstanding events that not only engaged me but re-energized me. I met so many of my PLN that it would be impossible to list all of them. I love you all and appreciate you. #youmatter a lot to me.
#FETC14 – Florida
I only had the opportunity to spend one day at #FETC14 but it sure was jam packed with great experiences:
I took part in a fun app session delivered by @adambellow @kathyshrock @lesliefisher and @HallDavidson. Attend stimulating sessions at conferences or go to an edcamp where you can share what works with your students or learn from others.
I was fortunate to join @tomwhitby and @adambellow for a luncheon conversation. Then we bumped into @rushtonh and I was able to have an enjoyable talk with him. Spend time with your PLN. It is incredible the sharing and learning that takes place in these informal get togethers.
I really enjoyed hanging out with my fellow #edchat moderators: @blairteach @kylepace @tomwhitby and archivist @jswiatek. Educational chats on Twitter are great opportunities for professional learning. Take advantage of the incredible chats available.
The extremely well attended TweetUp gave me a chance to meet so many of my PLN. It was nice to renew acquaintances and make new ones with great educators like @s_bearden @kristenswanson and @thomascmurray.
#TCEA14 – Texas
@tomwhitby and I had a fantastic time during #tcea14 and it was really special when we tweeted side by side while moderating Tuesday evening’s #edchat on: What would be the effect of building collaboration and reflection time into your work schedule?
Take part in chats and build your PLN. Share your thoughts and learn how others feel.
@kenroyal I definitely got the royal treatment from Ken who introduced me to so many of his friends in education. It was so much fun hanging out with him. It is amazing the connections that you make as you build a Twitter or Social Media Family.
@myclassflow Learned about this interactive lesson planning method that will engage students. Attending sessions gives you to opportunity to see first-hand technology that can help deliver your lessons.
I had a fantastic barbecue dinner with @PaulRWood, @shannonmiller, @TomWhitby, @woscholar et al. was nourishing for body and mind. It is amazing when educators get together and then discuss intellectual topics that stretch the mind.
EdTech Karoke was a wonderful opportunity to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. Always enjoy talking with my buddy @kevinhoneycutt. Once again I came across @stevedembo and we both stated that some day we would have to just sit down and talk. Having fun and learning is great for us and our students.
I was honored to address the LIB-SIG group thank you @_MichelleCooper. The message to all educators should be to continue to do what you are doing but embrace technology and listen to #stuvoice.
Conferences and edcamps are invaluable as you get a chance to meet members of your PLN (Personal Learning Network) like @mattBgomez @djakes @duncanbilingual @ipadSammy @RafranzDavis @TechNinjaTodd to discuss educational topics in person, groups or during sessions. It is now wonderful that you can go to meetings and actually know people as a result of your being a connected educator.
Tuskegee Airmen at Fantasy of Flight – Florida
Thanks to @DennisDill and @MLMRobertson I was able to accompany their students to a special presentation by three Tuskegee Airmen at the Fantasy of Flight. These gentlemen gave an outstanding session explaining the struggles they faced and how they triumphed. It was wonderful that they encouraged the students attending to get a good education and work hard. My tweets caught the attention of @DianaLRendina who was attending the same presentation with her class. It is always nice to meet members of my PLN. Great also to connect with @KKStephens82 the Operations Manager of @fantasyofflight Take advantage of such learning opportunity field trips in person or virtually.
Take part in activities that will inspire you don’t wait for them to come to you.
February 8, 2014 — Administrators, Child, ISTE, Parents, Students, Teachers, Teaching
This past week’s #edchat topic on reflection got me really thinking.
We need to stop periodically and really analyze what we are doing especially in the way we are educating our students. At the same time we should also get feedback from our students, colleagues, or staff members as well as parents on what needs to be improved. Then, we have to come up with a plan to get accomplished what we have discussed. I like the use of the word “we” because it should be a joint operation.
At this time I should reflect back on all the wonderful opportunities I had this past week or so getting to know members of my PLN at #FETC14, #TCEA14 and at a special Tuskegee Airmen event. I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of educators, parents and students in my network. It is I who should thank all of you for keeping me young and energized. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve our educational system and world. It is not an easy task. We need to stop, reflect and come up with ways each of us can improve education. It is important that we listen to all parties. Let’s all Be the Change that is needed.
January 1, 2014 — Uncategorized
Periodically reflect on what I am doing in all phases of my life and attempt to make adjustments. I feel this is also a good practice for our students to do as well.
From My Resolutions and Reflections page http://www.cybraryman.com/resolutions2.html
Each year I had my students write their learning goals or resolutions for the year on the first day of school. I had them review and update them periodically throughout the school year. (Thanksgiving, 100th Day, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day…) I kept their resolutions (on paper & online) and returned them at the end of the school year.
Share helpful things with my PLN. One of my followers criticized my sharing of my pages. I have asked numerous members of my PLN about this and they said continue all your sharing. I plan to keep sharing my pages. I never state “the best sites” but I try to provide many and let you choose the best ones for your use.
Continue to be a constant and connected learner. As far as technology is concerned I am mostly self taught. I taught myself how to make databases and spreadsheets ( those were the days you had to write the formulas). I also learned basic html to make my original website. I enjoy trying out new things. I sincerely appreciate my PLN (Personal Learning Network) who help me learn so many new things.
A connected educator is a constant learner not afraid to try need things and one who is able to reach out to
learn, share and collaborate with a global network consisting
of students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members interested in education.
Plan to eat better. I was not happy with the cholesterol results from a physical exam I took. I have started trying to eat either an apple or pear every day and less meat and more vegetables. I am cutting down eating junk foods and unhealthy snacks. Luckily I have excellent self control. One year I decided to give up eating chocolate which I love. of course, that was the year our family went to Hershey, Pa. Yes, I gave up the free bar of chocolate I got from the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
My Nutrition page http://www.cybraryman.com/nutrition.html
Try to get fitter. I do have lapses in this area but compared to most of my peers I am doing quite well. I work out regularly in my community gym. I have also tried to walk more. I always walk at a fast clip and plan my walks around errands. I average a 12 minute mile. It is hard to keep up this pace. I gave up running to avoid wear and tear. Years ago I did the marathon distance but preferred doing 13.1. I do wonder about the comments of many who say that it is easy for me to maintain my weight. They have no idea how hard I work at exercising and trying to eat well.
My Exercise page http://www.cybraryman.com/exercise.html
Train — like an athlete. Eat — like a
nutritionist. Sleep — like a baby. WIN —
like a champion.
Hope you have a very Happy and Healthy 2014
November 10, 2013 — Administrators, ISTE, Schools, Students, Teachers, Teaching, Uncategorized Tagged administrators, Education, education teaching, ISTE, parents children students administrators teachers
It was a great honor for me to be asked to be a featured presenter at this year’s Georgia Eucational Technology Conference #gaetc13. I always enjoy connecting, learning and sharing with passionate educators. Everyone at #gaetc13 was wonderful. They were so gracious, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind….
I tried to give sessions where not only did I share information but I was able to learn new things from my audience. I feel that some of the best interchanges are those given by participants. I enjoy when they share what works or does not work with their students. We all gain valuable information from these conversations. I have to give a special shout out to @brholland (pictured) who shared some amazing things at several of my sessions. Thank you Beth.
I am a champion of the classroom teacher and I salute them for all that they have to face. I am also a huge fan of students. I totally enjoyed interacting with all of the student presenters. The Student Showcase was outstanding. It included everything from STEAM, gardening, Legos, digital storytelling, to tech prodigies. It was great to connect with my good Twitter friend @staffdevjnkie and her students. Glad I was able to get Sue and one of her students to learn from the amazing @ShellTerrell at her Digital Storytelling session.
Conferences to me are so much more meaningful because you get a chance to meet (and hug) your followers many of whom you never actually met in person before. It is also a chance to connect with your “old” Twitter friends. I was thrilled to be able to spend so much time with my great friend @ShellTerrell and reacquaint with @NikkiDRobertson (pictured) @amandacdykes and @Fernandezc4. A very special moment for me was getting a chance to hug my good friend @blairteach who stopped by #gaetc13
I love the EduVue team and getting a chance to see them in person was so nice. @GaTechTeach @CatFlippen @JaimeVanderG (pictured) #EduVue
Could not believe in one session I gave I had a slide of @aschmuhl and he was actually in the room. Great to meet the #gaed moderating team of @aschmuhl and the very dynamic @blantonbrian.
It was wonderful hanging out with educational leaders who I admire so much:@tonyvincent @shellterrell (pictured) @crafty184 @lesliefisher @dlaufenberg and @Njistem.
Thanks to everyone who stopped and talked to me. You mean a lot and I always love talking to my PLN. I am sorry I did not scan and keep everyone’s names to thank them all like @debbiechildress @cereseg @ktheodocion @AnissaLAndrews @mrnidey @BrandiKotsalis1 @PMontarella @mcrogers27 @MmeBurgess @cmslibrarylady @vlaguaite @barber_meg @britt1119 @ldenson8 @lewisgrade5. Special thanks for all the kind words @hoke (Hoke Wilcox)
Big thank you to the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Board of Directors, GaETC Sub-Committee, committee members, sponsors and all the wonderful volunteers who made this an outstanding conference.
September 30, 2013 — Administrators, Child, ISTE, Schools, Students, Teachers, Teaching, Uncategorized Tagged connected, educators
I feel we should be concentrating on ways that educators, students and anyone interested in education can connect every day. October is #CE13 Connected Educator Month but we should be connecting every day in many different ways.
Connect with your students
Make sure you show them you care about them. Greet them each day by name. Keep up with their interests. My #YouMatter page Give them time to explore their passions
My Makerspaces page: My Genius Hour page.
Connect your students to other classes around the world and with experts
Start connecting via Skype or Google Hangout with other classes. Then take the initial meeting a step further by starting collaborating with them. My Mystery Location page. Connect your students with experts outside the classroom to answer their questions. Adam Taylor @2ftgiraffe started #Scistuchat a monthly discussion that connects high school students and scientists.
Connect with your colleagues.
Share what you are doing and what you are learning as a result of your connecting online and offline. Observe what they are doing with their students.
Connect with other levels of education.
When my daughter was in sixth grade she and classmates connected with first grade students. We need to connect elementary school students with middle & high school students and middle and high school students with higher education. We can all learn from each other.
Connect with the parents/guardians of your students.
Find the best ways each parent wants to be communicated with. Be transparent with them on what you are doing with their children. Invite them in to the class to share their expertise. Show them ways they can help you as a team improve the learning of their children. Have hands-on workshops on how you are using technology for education. Use such web tools as Remind101
Connect with the community.
Take the learning out into the area where you teach. Plan performances, art shows, science fairs in your public libraries, civic centers… Connect with the members of your school community through the Chamber of Commerce and local organizations. Build relationships with businesses and local organizations My School-Business Partnership Page
Connect via Social Media
Build a great PLN to connect with by following the hashtags on Twitter that pertain to your subject or grade level. My Educational Hashtags page. Seven days a week there are a plethora of chats for most grade levels and subject areas. Participants in these chats represent a global audience of educators, students, parents and people interested in education. Weekly Twitter Chat Schedule Use different social media connections like Facebook and LinkedIn to connect.
Connect with your family.
Step away from your technology devices and have some quality family time. If your family is spread out connect with them via Skype or Google Hangouts.