Over the year’s I’ve posted PowerPoint presentations, Word Docs, and more on the streaming A-Z blog but found that they can be hard to find the more I post.
So that said, I have created the Bird House page to post resources that I have created or collected from my tech friends. I’ll try to keep them in a themed area and somewhat organized. So check it out (look up – see its right there in the header bar) and feel free to download these resources and make them yours!
At the risk of sounding too geeky – I’ve renamed this blog in reference to a few different things:
One of my all-time favorite cartoons, Transformers, (loved movie too) when I was growing up (ok maybe still)
The Phoenix bird (see image in header)
My love for technology and its impact within the classroom
All of these things have a common theme – transforming into something even better.
The transformer cars, planes, and bikes, etc all joined together to become a super-entity maximizing the strengths of each individual unit.
The mythic phoenix bird rising from the ashes has symbolized transformation and/or rebirth since Egyptian times
And edtech is constantly evolving in new and exciting areas, challenging students and teachers alike to think in new and collaborative ways.
So, there you have it my friend, the reason I have chosen this quirky, and very geeky, blog name. I hope to transform the former Matt Monjan blog into a place where you can come and get ideas, tech tips and tricks, and knowledge that I come across along the way. Hopefully we can enjoy this journey together as I welcome all of your comments!
On another note, it will also be a place where I cheer on ALL of our DEN star educators and, of course, the Mid-Atlantic region!
Speaking of…did you know that on June 7, 2008 the VA DEN is going to host a Virginia Day of Discovery? And the really cool thing is that you can participate from the comfort of your house as many of the sessions, including the keynotes, (afternoon by The Hall Davidson) will be delivered via webex.
Recently my colleague Kim Randall – DEN Western Region- sent me a link to the embedded video below.
Which got me thinking about our LCs- in a song like way…
I Love ALL our teachers from coast-to-coast
But of the Mid-Atlantic, I have to boast
We’ve got Virginia and it’s LC team
And Pennsylvania – what a dream
Boom de ah da boom de ah da boom de ah dah
We’ve got New Jersey – what a boon
And Maryland whose LC is coming soon!
Ohio will soon be on its way
which is why I say…
Boom de ah boom de ah da
The Mid Atlantic Team is Just Awesome!
Then I thought…what if you could send me a sound file (firstname.lastname@example.org) of why you love the DEN and a photo to compliment it? I’ll coallate your responses and unveil at the next Day of Discovery – more information coming soon – keep your eye on the blogs!