Archive for May, 2010

School’s Out for the Summer

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

summer.gif

 

My last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year was Friday, May 28. I can’t believe this school year is over. It went so-o-o-o fast.  I left New Orleans Friday night with a friend of mine to attend the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge over the Memorial Day Weekend. In between listening to the great artists – Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, and Kenny Chesney – I took some time to reflect on my school year.

I am proud of the fact that I won a $15,000 Technology Model Classroom grant, completed my first two courses toward my Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership, and taught my students well. Our high stakes LEAP test scores were released just days before summer vacation and my students did an awesome job on the math test. They also loved the projects we completed during the year, and enjoyed learning to use all the Web 2.0 tools I shared with them this year. Their favorites were SkypeGlogster, and Edmodo. They always loved when I told them we would be watching a Discovery video. Since I teach 4th graders, I used dozens of videos with my math classes, and even more with my social studies class. They were thrilled to learn how to embed a Discovery video clip in their Glogsters.

While this was a great school year, I’ll be looking forward to using all of my new tech equipment next year. This summer I’ll be attending ISTE10 in Denver and the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston.  I’m sure I’ll also attend several other conferences virtually (my PLN will tweet out the links) and most of the Classroom 2.0 Live sessions on Saturday mornings. But I plan on spending the majority of my summer planning for next year. I have a lot of great ideas I want to try.

My Twitterversary

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

twitter-logo.jpgI joined Twitter on February 25, 2009, so I just celebrated my one year anniversary. (You can find out when you Twitter here.) My participation on this social networking sight has truly transformed my life. I use Twitter via Tweetdeck everyday on my laptop or iPhone. I have a tremendous PLN (personal learning network) that shares great resources, answers questions, points me toward great posts and articles, and lets me know how to join the conversation at conferences virtually. My PLN also “pats me on the back” when things are going well and helps me work out the bumps in the road when things aren’t going so well. They encourage me, challenge me, and support me in my use of technology within my classroom.