It’s spring, a time of renewal. In that spirit I have decided to do a bit of spring cleaning on my blog, clean out my closet of old technology to make room for new tools, and planning my spring and summer professional development schedule.
On my blog, along with the new visual layout, I am consolidating the information about Social Media and Standards onto the Resources tab. If you have not checked out the Resources tab lately, be sure to have a look. I have added several new Symbaloo web mixes including topics on Formative Assessment and Bring Your Own Devices information. I will be hosting another series of webinars for the spring, the schedule will be available in early April. Send me a message if you have any requests so I can try to work them into the lineup. For short little training bits and highlights of great technology use in the classroom, I will be adding a more tutorials on my YouTube Channel. Keep an eye out for new videos around the end of April.
I am excited to be a new Google Glass Explorer. I have been testing out the functionality of the device and I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my prescription lenses for Glass, so I can wear them on a more regular basis. You may see of more random Tweets from me testing out the features. Good thing for sites like eBay, so I can sell my old iPad and other out of date gadgets so I can afford to buy the new ones. I’m still saving up for a new iMac. I love that large screen and my 2007 iMac is lagging a bit with the Mavericks OS.
I am planning my professional development schedule for the spring and summer. I will be adding new items to the Live Sessions tab of my website as I confirm dates and locations of sessions. I have already added events for this week, Technology Demofest at the Downtown Learning Center followed by #brewCUE at the Container Park and iPads in Learning Mini-Conference at Southwest Career and Technical School. I look forward to seeing many of you at those events. Be sure to also check out the Webinar section of the site to hear about online events that you can watch online or view as a playback. I am putting together a reading list for myself to continue my own professional development. I will be adding titles to my Professional Bookshelf section on my Pinterest page. If you are reading the titles as well, we can have a chat online about our learning. Finally, I am booking my trip to Atlanta for ISTE. If you are planning to attend, I look forward to seeing you there. If attending in person does not fit your budget or schedule, remember that you can always sign up to attend ISTE Live and view the sessions remotely from home.
Let’s make it a great end to the 2013-2014 school year and renew and refresh to start next school year even better than ever.