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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rebooting 2999 and Some Posts from TTT

As promised, here is a quick recap on where I've been in the last month or two. I mentioned back in September that I was going to be writing a new blog called Teaching Toward Tomorrow for Education Week. While I meant to continue writing for both blogs, work/life got the best of me and I spent most of my time writing over there. Apologies! I promise that I will be writing more on this blog starting now... Teaching Like It's 2999 is my first blog, and I will not forsake it!

With that being said, if you're interested, here are a few posts I've written at Teaching Toward Tomorrow that I'm excited about:

Booting Up Your Digital Classroom: These are a few quick tips, tricks and ideas for how to get started with technology in your classroom!

Creating a Culture of Innovation: How do you support teacher growth and thus student growth when it comes to technology? How do you convince a tech-resistant staff to adopt new devices or pedagogies? How do you create and sustain a culture of innovation? While there isn't a single answer to any of these questions, here are six strategies I've found successful so far.

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Strategies to Empower Student Voice: This post shares five tried-and-true strategies to amplify your K-12 students' voices and empower their ideas.

And also on TTT is a series of posts I'm calling "The Digital Buzz". In these posts I'll be interviewing amazing EduStars... educators who are making magic happen with digital tools in their learning spaces. In the first three installments, I've had the pleasure of chatting with:
Hope you'll visit Teaching Toward Tomorrow and share your own ideas, reactions and questions in the comments of these posts! If you have any ideas or requests for things I should explore, or people I should chat with - on this blog or TTT, please share in the comments below. Thanks everyone! :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We are All the Champions of Change

Wow... I can't believe I've taken such a long hiatus from this blog! Apologies everyone! It's been a busy few months... more on that in the next post. However today I wanted to quickly share about an incredible experience I was so fortunate to have. I recently found out that some amazing colleagues had nominated me for an award - the White House Champions of Change. And the crazy thing is... I was selected! Whoa!

I am honored to say that I was one of 10 educators invited to the White House last Thursday to share our stories as Connected Educators leveraging digital learning tools in our learning spaces. I was downright giddy to visit the White House (I've never been) and had to restrain my school-girl glee when meeting the President. But it was most inspiring to hear about all of the other champions' work... from Mark Coppin, an old friend from ADE institutes who makes magic with assistive technology, to S. Dallas Dance, a new friend who runs the Baltimore County Public Schools. I even got to know Brian Walsh, who doesn't work with young children but adult offenders - running the offender education program at two state prisons in Washington State. Despite everyone having a very unique background and educational space, we all had one thing in common: a passion for bringing transformative technology into students' lives.

Another big "wow" moment for me was that we were told there were around 6,800 nominations. While my initial thought was that I'm incredibly humbled to have been chosen, my lasting reaction is to be amazed and proud of our profession. That means that there were around 7,000 educators who were doing such amazing work with EdTech that they were nominated to be honored - a recognition in and of itself. And moreover, there were thousands of nominators... people who are connected educators simply by working with these folks, being online and knowing about this program and taking the time to fill out the nomination. They also deserve recognition. Additionally, there are all of the collaborators, members of PLC/PLNs who inspire and work with these teachers on a daily basis. After all, none of us can succeed or grow in a vacuum. We need the support of our colleagues to push us, help us face challenges and ask us difficult questions. And they, too, are doing amazing work and deserve a hat tip. So when folks want to say negative things about our education system... and the educators working in it... I'm definitely going to point them to this #EduWin.

All in all, this has been an incredible experience. I want to thank the friends who nominated me and everyone who I work with in person, learn with on Twitter and Google+, collaborate with at conferences and events, and read this blog... you all make me a better version of myself. You deserve this recognition just as much, if not more than I do -- you all are Champions of Change in my book.