Thursday, October 30, 2014

ELC High Scool Chrome Cadre

High School Chrome Cadre members have been busy at ELC. With our implementation of Chromebook carts this year and going 1:1 next year, these staff members have been spending roughly an hour each week discussing and working together to ensure success with our 1:1 initiative.

On Wednesday, they helped teachers understand the works of Google Classroom. With staff at many different levels of knowledge and usage of "GC", our Cadre members took one area and helped our staff dive in. The staff rotated around and were able to get the instruction they needed. Thank you to Mr. Hewitt, Mr. Leonard, Mrs. Condon, Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Wheatley and Ms. Schnoes for all their time and efforts! It makes my job as a district wide technology integrationist a little easier.

Enjoy the pictures of our Cadre at work!


Friday, October 3, 2014

It is a Mindset, Not an Age Thing

Image Credit: Google for Education Newsletter
Many times as I work with adults I hear them say, "I am old and it is hard for me to learn these new technology things or I am too old to do this or yadayada." I don't believe it is an age thing, it is a Mindset.

Are you willing to open your mind and see the world that our students live in? Are you willing to teach today's student in today's technology driven society? Are you willing to let go of your old practices that you used 5, 10, 15 years ago?

Check out Sister Rosemarie DeLauro (pictured on the left), who has been teaching for more than 60 years. I received the 1st ever Google for Education Newsletter a couple of days ago and she is the educator spotlight. Age doesn't limit you but your mind does!

I understand that it is not going to be easy and flawless. It is okay to take risks and make mistakes if it is going to better our students' learning. Relax and enjoy the ride. Our students today have so much to contribute to the world they live in. Give them opportunities to Create, Collaborate, Communicate with the World!

Check out how Google Classroom is being used in her school here.

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