This is what I am up to these days. It is the list of things that are keeping me most curious right now. Many relate to education. For now, many will relate to innovation. Some will be about my passions, both professional and personal. Here you will also find what conferences/workshops I am attending or presenting at.
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I am currently reading Mobile Learning Mindset: The Coaches Guide to Implementation by Carl Hooker. His ideas about what NOT to do in a 1:1 implementation resonated very true. I would like to see issues address when our district updates it Technology Plan this year.
I recently read the book Shift This by Joy Kirr. Many great take aways from this book. Ones I have focused on recently in my classes have been the EdCafe idea, and her thoughts about creating and utilizing flexible learning spaces.
TIES Digital Learning Leaders Program Cohort
This school year, I am participating in the Digital Learning Leaders Program at TIES. The program assists Technology Integrationists become better leaders and innovators of using technology to increase teacher proficiency and student achievement. You can check out more about the program here.
Pine City Dragon Tech Summit
September 19, 2017 I presented BreakoutEDU again at the Dragon Tech Summit. Check out my Blog Post about this exciting conference where Students presented to other students at a school-wide tech conference.
MN ITEM Spring Conference
April 8, 2017, I presented two BreakoutEDU sessions at the Minnesota ITEM Spring Conference at North Hopkins Junior High School. The first, was a playing of the game: Cheers to a Great PLC, which I co-created with Mike Walker, Carla Staffa, and Tracey Wingert. The second session was a Game Creators Workshop. That was a lot of fun. I shared my ideas, tips, and strategies for creating your own BreakoutEDU games. Look for me doing more of these workshops in the future.
Innovative Teaching Academy
I am currently enrolled in AJ Juliani's Innovative Teaching Academy, an online course for teacher and school leaders. I am very curious about this current hot topic in education circles, and how I can promote new and better ideas/methods/learning both inside the classroom and out.
MAFCS Conference Keynote Presenter
February 24. 2017 My Friend and Colleague Ashley Nelson, invited me to be the Keynote Presenter at the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Science annual conference in Duluth, MN. For this presentation, I created a brand new BreakoutEDU game called The Revenge of Ms. Cheezious. It was a game played by 150 people all at the same time in the same room. It was so much fun to work out the logistics of the game creation, set up, and execution. All the while, making sure that it was engaging, entertaining, and educational at the same time. The attendees loved it. I also presented a session about BreakoutEDU, how to find games, how to find resources. This was the inspiration for the Game Creator's Workshop session at ITEM.