Showing posts from April, 2018

Blog #3 The Power of Technology

Blog #3
This blog is a reflection of the video posted below. It was put out by Microsoft and it certainly makes you think.

Watch this video. What are your thoughts??

Tech Coach Response #1
I am truly amazed at what we are able to do with technology in today’s world. Technology today was only dreamed of when I was growing up. We did not have mobile devices and almost everything was somehow connected to an outlet. One thing is for sure, you don’t have to go to the library or the computer lab to get work done. Work can happen from anywhere and any place. I do believe we need to remember the power that technology has and not let it take power over us.  We need to be mindful of how we use it, remember that anything can be tracked and traced and use it to do good.   Currently, as a teacher, I have found the good that technology can do.  With my students, I have been able to connect them with classes all around the world. As a professional, I have been able to connect with other educator…

Blog #2 Poem in the Pocket

There are so many fun poems out there to read, but honestly, I never really like poetry growing up.  I was never into the famous poets like Elizabeth Browning or Walt Whitman, although they are amazing writers.  It was hard for me to understand the meanings behind their words and understand their imagery.  I "wrote" off poetry and had no interest in it what so ever. And then I became a teacher in April...National Poetry Month! 

Oh no! 
What was I to do?  I couldn't hide, I wouldn't lie
Oh no, what was I to do?! 
Corny, I know, but the feeling was true!  It wasn't until I began teaching Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, and Shel Silverstein that I realized how funny it could be.  Then I began to enjoy poetry.  One of my favorites as a kid and even now is Shel Silverstein's "Sick" and my favorite line is the following:

"What's that? What's that you say? You say today is...Saturday? G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
Happy National Poetry Day! G&#…

Our 15 Blog Challenge

At GVMS, Mrs. Dean is challenging her students to post 15 blog entries by May 24th.  Here are the parameters:

May either be on a topic of choice or a topic from a given list. Must be done by May 24th.
You can see that Mrs. Dean values student choice and voice in this assignment.  Students may write all 15 in one day or spread it out.  They can write about something they show passion or interested in writing. Furthermore, she is teaching the students life skills they will need as they enter post-secondary schools or employment.  Have a digital portfolio of writing that shows growth over time is a powerful tool that will help them stand out among other candidates.  
As Tech Coaches, we want to help support the students and model this process for them as well.  Therefore, we are taking the challenge!  We will have 15 posts after this one. Some on topics of choice and others that we choose from the list. Also, you'll hear from different voices to mix it up a little bit. We love challe…