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EdCamp Elmbrook 21

  We had out 5th annual EdCamp this past Saturday and it was a very different PD experience. Due to the pandemic, we help the EdCamp virtually. That meant that anyone across the globe could attend. While we usually only have educators from out region attend, we had educators across the nation and in some in Canada attend. In addition, we had an attendee from Turkey! The conference was conducted using Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms for the sessions. The team did a great job of organization and management. I could go on, but this is my first blog post in a while and I'd like to keep it brief. Below you'll find the session board for the day with notes docs linked. We had some wonderful sessions and the notes documents house some wonderful thoughts and resources. So, I recommend checking them out. Although this EdCamp was only for the morning, there was a lot of learning to be had. We had no technology issues from our end as organizers but I can imagine participants may have had iss

Many GIFtS from ISTE 18

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to attend the ISTE 18 conference in Chicago. Now, I could spend days writing reflections on every session I attended because they were amazing. But I'm beginning the capstone project for my Master's on Monday.  So, I don't have time for that type of post.  But, what I have done is put together some of my biggest takeaways as GIFs with links to the associated session materials where available. Session Materials from Awesome Google Apps, Features, Tips & Tricks , & Online Tools You Never Knew About by Bret Gensburg Presentation from Dynamic Learning With G Suite by Kasey Bell Materials from  Learner Profile, Backpack and Plan: Helping Discover the Purpose for Learning by Barbara Bray Materials from  Ditch That Panel: Different, Innovative, Tech-Laden, Creative, Hands-on Teaching by Matt Miller and Ditch Panel Avengers Materials from  EduProtocols: Break Free from Pre-Packaged Lessons

Every Author Has a Story #DBC51

I was lucky enough to win a contest from Dave Burgess Consulting and received all 50 books DBC has published (Tara Martin’s Be Real is number 51 it was released this week.) Looking at the catalogue is amazing. There is something for everyone in education from teachers to coaches to administrators to support staff to learners. The biggest truth I’ve found among the books of DBC is that everyone has a story to tell that has informed their professional life.   Each author has a set of learning outcomes that they’d like to leave their audience with. But, every book starts with a story. These personal stories are open and honest about failures and growth. As you read the stories, you’ll find yourself nodding and smiling knowingly at all those details that resonate with your own experience. You may find it “getting a little dusty“ in the room as you read stories about their tough times or how they learned open up about their struggles. But, these stories are not just tales

Retweet > Selfie

I just got home from an amazing experience at University School of Milwaukee's Spark Conference. I saw some amazing presenters. These are people whose books and blogs I have read and adored. I saw Aaron Hogan , Tara Martin , Michael Matera , Shelly Burgess , and Julie Smith . But looking at the #USMSpark feed , I saw so many people taking selfies with their #EDUHeroes or their PLN. Looking back on the 2 days, I realized that I did no such thing. The main reason is my crippling shyness. I have be working on just come up and say “Hello”to people this year. Now, I actually have to ask if you’d take a picture with me? That would take me way out of my comfort zone. Yes, it is probably something I need to work on. But, I don’t think I’d get the same high I get when I see something else in my Twitter feed. The thing that really gives me the feels is when one of my #EDUHeroes retweets something I said or even better quotes me in a retweet. Think about it, we live in an age where