Sunday, August 19, 2012

GTA- Google Teacher Academy

Each year Google chooses a location around the world to host their annual Google Teacher Academy. Teachers, tech specialist, tech coaches and administrators are given the opportunity to submit a 1 minute video showcasing how technologies has impacted student learning and motivation in the classroom. This year the Google Teacher Academy will be in New York City on October 3-4. Although my video was not selected for this year, I feel very proud of what my students have learned and hope that this next school year will bring lots more collaborative learning as I introduce my students to the Google Apps for Education tools on a more deeper level. Here is my video on Motivation and Learning!
http://goo.gl/as0ag

Friday, August 10, 2012

O.B.C.T.

How can teachers themselves use technologies in their classrooms to inspire the children that they affect on a daily basis. In our district, Midlothian ISD, teachers and administrators are zombies after completing a 24-hr project. Team members are required to shoot and produce a short video based around educational concepts and specific criteria. This is a program that allows teachers across the district to produce a short video (under 4 minutes) using various tools, software, music, video editing skills and much more in 24 hours. I have the pleasure of working with this years winners on a daily basis. These talented educators, and I mean talented, have created a video to address a growing problem  in adults and children across the nation "obesity". What a great way to get the message out to our students at our campus and across our district. I am so proud and honored to work with these talented educators. Here is a clip of the video.
Midlothian ISD teachers and administrators are zombies after completing a 24-hr project. Team members are required to shoot and produce a short video based around educational concepts and specific criteria. What a fun and creative way to reach out to our students and deliver a very powerful message at the same time!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Getting Ready For Another School Year

Yesterday I had a great day of PD. I connected with some awesome leaders on Twitter, got my Edmodo Library in tip top shape and watched some great videos on YouTube and Sliderocket. As I reflect back on my last year and what that looked like, I can only wonder what else could I have done to connect my students even more so. This summer I have been involved in some great technology workshops that have recharged and inspired me to break down those walls in my classroom and really connect with my students so that their learning is meaningful to them. I came across this video from one of my Twitter followers that has done just that....be the kind of teacher that facilitates the learner and lets the learner teach me a few things! I hope this video will inspire you to break down a few walls in your classroom. I want to thank my friend Dave Guymon for inspiring me this next school year.


http://goo.gl/ZyT81