Learning To Learn and my first real blog post!

This has been a month that has REALLY pushed me outside of my comfort zone.  I always have had the opportunity to blame other people for pushing me to new levels, but this month represented a time where I chose to put myself on the line and try new things - and it's an amazing feeling.  I do credit some of these other opportunities to others - I am so thankful to Martha and Dustin Jez at FairChanceLearning and Brian Aspinall for pushing me to do an Ignite presentation at Connect.  I spoke about Educator Leadership and the fact that I truly believe in all of the educators and administrators that I work with and my belief in goal setting for ourselves.  This was SO FAR outside of my comfort zone that I worried about it more than my other presentations that week.  Please see the link below to watch a group of AMAZING educators from around our province talk about educational reform and concepts that are important in their life.  (I am at 25 minutes left)

This return to blogging is apa…

Operation Specialist - Acheived

This last module in my IICT Specialist through ETFO has been amazing.  I was so excited to be pushed in my thinking and work on a unit that will help me grow in my position.

Being someone new in leadership, I completely focused on growing other educators the ways I wanted to grow.  I completely understood the need to differentiate professional development - there were many times as an educator that I needed support in different formats.  But this unit finally put me in the mindset of assessing the effect of the projects that I am working on.  I mean, I collect data for sure, but in real time.  I collect data and then report back on what is happening.  But I have never sat and looked at measuring the effect specific programming has on educators or their students.  I just assume the effect has taken place.

One big struggle for me this year was thinking about success rates.  I know that we can not get through to everyone, but I struggled with the failure rate.  I wanted all of my partici…

It's Happening Again!

Do you know what happens when you learn and learn and learn and learn?  You want to share all of your learning and talking about it until no one wants to listen anymore!  I think that that is where this type of space comes in handy.  All of the reflecting in the world can go on and if no one is listening it's still ok.  Or if people are it's still ok too.

I am so happy with the road this course is taking.  As a person in a leadership role I need to be reflective on the things that I do and bring to the system just as much as I need to know specific programming that I want to bring as well.  This module has been fantastic for that.  Especially the assessment of our plan.  I feel like my role is tough for linear planning.  Sometimes I just need to have a session on coding or robotics because educators want to try it out.  Other times my sessions can easily be more linear and connected.  Assessing my goals and making sure that I know how successful my sessions are was an "ah…

Module 2

I cannot believe we are half way through this course.  Time flies when you are learning and exploring!
The best assignment for me this session what the plan that we created.  As I look towards what I am going to do next year in this position it makes me focus on what is important for educators and all stakeholders I work with.  I loved being able to post to everyone and have feedback on my plans.  It is great to now go back and make notes about slowing down and adding more time or additional sessions to my plans.  This is a great community to help each other out.
My favourite resource was simply being given the assignment of looking for articles and pulling out main points.  I found the Google Sheet to be extremely hard to read, but clicking on the links I found that many applied to what I was working on and what I wanted to read.  It was great to curate so many resources all together.
Many of the assignments in this model demonstrate the thinking and dedication that goes into planning …
Well, I'm back.  I think this learning and sharing and reflecting piece is beginning to grow on me.  Currently I am still using this space as a place for course reflection, but I can see it turning into more once I have more time (if there ever is such a thing). 
This is the final reflection for my IICT Specialist LE1 module.  I am so unbelievably excited to be working on a course that deals with leadership.  I am enthralled with learning about leadership and the qualities of leaders and how we can promote this in our own administration.  Have you ever wondered why some people call themselves admin and some leadership?  It is such a big difference. I am so glad that this course is taking the look at how leadership can make an impact, how we as educational technology leaders can impact the learning of those we work with.

Working with the ways we can affect positive change.... or I suppose change in a positive way was the best conversation for me.  I work with educators daily who …

It's Over?

I can't believe that this course is already over.  I have really enjoyed mornings by my computer learning and reading.... and thinking.  These last few learning experiences really play into what my job in our board is and how to do it better.  How to contribute more.  One thing I am really working hard on is capacity building without our district, there are so many amazing educators out there and they should connect and share what they are working on.  This course and talking to many great educators around the province has given me many ideas to work on with people.  I even love the idea of a WebQuest for staff in the entire board if they want to learn something from home.  It would be an easy way to send learning to them if they aren't able to make our learning series.
Participation in the forums has been amazing because it is like a window into another educator's classroom.  I love seeing their ideas and knowing how it works for them so that I can try that in a classroom …

Platforms.... and some great blogs.

Oh this blogging platform…. It's super easy and super awesome! I love that typing this little piece of my opinion is being done on something that looks like a blank page in Word or Docs. I can change fonts easilyand add pictures or links too. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE technology in the classroom, in my own personal usage though? I am SUCH a beginner. I seriously can't work the blueray player (and don't really understand the difference between them and DVD's). I love the idea of putting my thoughts out there (Im really working on getting over it anyway) but it would never happen if this was complicated. This disadvantages of mine is that it is hard to find. Or at least I think it is (Which I also love - but won't in the future) and I feel that this could also be because I am using my board account. Also, this might end up being too basic for me in the future. I read other blogs and they are very dynamic and pretty. Mine is just basic. Which is great…