Author Archives: Kristi Bush

Summertime in Northern Michigan*

Summertime in Northern Michigan*

Ahhhh, summer… June, July and August… Are you feeling more relaxed just reading those words? I know I am! It’s interesting, though, because summertime has come to mean something very different to me over the years. When I was younger, summer was all about the beach: tanning, swimming, meeting friends, and relaxing. I lived in

Bye-bye Blackboard

For many educators in Michigan, July will mark the end of Blackboard’s “reign” as our primary e-learning platform. I am one of those users and, if you are familiar with my articles in the MACUL Journal, you know that I have been a very avid Blackboard supporter. When the potential change was discussed, I have

Get Fed with RSS Feeds!

Okay, so it’s kind of a cheesy tag line, but don’t you sometimes just feel “hungry” for new ideas? With the constant updates that are being made to technology and with the vast array of information available online, we have the option of having a “buffet” spread before us each day using resources such as

Administrative Leadership: Paving the Path

I recently wrote an article for the MACUL Journal, and the topic, “Essentials for 21st Century Teaching and Learning,” created a dilemma for me. As a teacher, I immediately narrowed my view to that of the classroom teacher’s necessities. My brainstorming produced a rich list of resources, along with qualities and attitudes, which I believed

Information Whateracy

What is Information Literacy? In this digital age, there is a lot of talk about Information Literacy. First and foremost, information literacy means having information skills. These skills require individuals to be familiar with print materials (books, periodicals, and so forth), as well as with the electronic resources in the Library/Media Center (Internet, CD-ROMs, and

Prepared to be Wow-ed!

Several videos on YouTube have made the rounds recently as they have addressed perceived issues within our current educational system as it relates to the world around us. I received another video today that both challenged and “wow-ed” me as an educator. I believe that you will also be moved by both the message and the method

Tech Overload?!?!

At our monthly technology committee meeting today, there was a theme that resounded among everyone present: we just might be experiencing technology overload! I have to admit that I did not fully believe that this could happen, because I love my technology. I am a Media Specialist, for Pete’s sake! Suddenly, however, it seems like

Ride the Wave… or Crash and Burn?

Getting ready for the new school year has taken a gradual shift for me. When I think back, I remember the early years where I needed a key to the building, to my classroom, and to the copy room. In my classroom, I dusted off and sorted through teachers’ editions, professional journals, and various handbooks

Organized Chaos

What do you get when you put a Media Specialist with a social personality on the web? FACEBOOK LISTS! Categorize it! Organize it! Label it! Okay, I doubt it was really a Media Specialist who developed lists on Facebook, but I can attest to the fact that at least one is using them–ME! I haven’t

Is it good form… to use Google forms?

I have to credit this week’s blog to my esteemed (and recently retired) colleague, Mr. Bruce Vigneault. He sent me a link to http://edte.ch/blog/2008/08/23/10-google-forms-for-the-classroom/. One reason that it particularly interested me was because he commented that many of the forms pertain to the lower grade levels. In my experience at our district, the majority of

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