Exciting Things Ahead #edchat #INeLearnIt's been two months since my last blog post on this website but I'm excited to be blogging again. This past semester was an exciting time for me as I dove into the administration side of education as a director of technology. This coming year is going to be a great adventure as I start my first full year as an admin and my district goes 1:1 with Chromebooks in grades 3 thru 12. However, before our school year starts on August 1 there a few things left to take care of. Yes, you read that correctly, our schools will have students in them on August 1 as we move to a balanced calendar this school year.
Here is how this month is shaping up for me.
July 8 & 9 - Princeton, IN
I will be the keynote speaker at a small conference in Princeton, IN on Monday, July 8. Schools in that county are going 1:1 in the fall and I'm excited to talk to them about the shift in learning that can take place when we leverage technology. I don't want to tip my hand but my keynote will feature this great picture from Krissy Venosdale aka @venspired.
July 10 & 11 - Evansville, IN
I will be speaking at The EVSC eRevolution. This will be fun to be back in my old district, be around amazing educators, and to catch up with everyone. Oh yeah, I'll also be with Adam Bellow, Yong Zhao, and Eric Sheninger! It's going to be a great time of learning. Plus my new elearning coaches will be joining me at the conference. It'll be our first time to really hang out and learn together.
July 18, 21, & 22 - Chromebook Rollout!!!
That's right, we are just days away from rolling out 8,000 Chromebooks over a 3 day period! We will have three Chromebook filled days of sharing out information to parents and students, highlighting our new Responsible Use Policy, and handing out devices. Of course I know not everyone will be able to attend and we have plans in place for those families. Here is an article my superintendent wrote about the rollout.
July 25 - Greater Clark Connected Conference
This year we are hosting our first anual eLearning conference. This is in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education Office of eLearning, Summer of eLearning. Our feature keynote speakers are the EduBros, Tim Gwynn and Nick Provenzano! They will be kicking off their EduTour at our conference. We will also have spotlight speakers Tom Whitby, Kyle Pace, Shelly Terrell, and Jeff Bradbury(TeacherCast)! Plus other amazing educators like Michelle Green, Marc Seigel, Tim Wilhelmus, Brian Bobbitt, Troy Cockrum, and more! There are still spots available for only $25!!
July 29 & 30 - Teachers Report
Finally, teachers report on July 29. We are putting together two great days to kick off our year that will center around our two big initiatives as a district, technology integration and literacy. I'm excited to spend these two days with the great teachers in my school district and to meet all the new folks joining our district. It's truly an exciting time!
And yes, for those of you who are worried that I've worked all summer and didn't take any time off, I did spend 5 days in Jamaica in June.