Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TMST: Summer Learnin'

Picture me in 50's gear as I "sing" the next line, Grease style...

Summer learnin', you'll have a blast,
Summer learnin', coming up so fa-a-ast.

DISCLAIMER: It is the end of the year, and yes, I am feeling extra nerdy.  

 As we count down the days to a much needed break, I decided this blog would be devoted to celebrating that special moment of the summer where we actually have time to breathe  focus on learning new things.  

Without further ado, here are some ways you can build your skills, focus on next year's goals, and in some cases, earn some flex hours.

DLC PL Offerings

Our DLC team is offering some great Professional Learning this summer, in person AND as virtual courses.  We'd love to have great participation from our Coppell ISD peeps.  View our Thinglink with Eduphoria links to sign up HERE.

Image created by Leigh Ann Howard in Canva

Outside of CISD Opportunities

There are some great opportunities outside of Coppell too!  My teammate, Trisha Goins (check her out - @heartinlife) made this awesome Smore of professional learning being held around the DFW area.  

Also, did you hear about Apple's Teacher Tuesdays?  I am SO excited to see they will be offering professional learning at Apple stores in our areas geared for educators!


Keeping up with @DLCoachAlli

Lastly, there are several ways to follow my learning journey.  
  • Review past Teach Me Something Tuesday posts, archived at the top of the blog.
  • Sign up on the top right to be notified of new posts by email.
  • I'll be learning and presenting at the #ISTE17 conference June 25-28.  
  • Follow me on Twitter - @dlcoachalli

As we wrap this year up with a bow, thank you for reading and learning.  I started this blog as a way for me to focus on sharing and reflecting on my personal professional development.  It has been an awesome journey, one that I plan to continue!

What are YOU doing for PL this summer?  Share with me in the comments!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TMST: Region 10 Tech Conference

Happy Tuesday, Blog Readers!

We are inching toward the end of the year so I will make this TMST post short.  I attended a the R10 Tech Conference yesterday and I made a quick storify of the conference hashtag.  Yes, that's right, you get to learn from me AND my PLN in this post!

A Storify is just a collection of social media posts, pictures, and links that are curated into one place!  It can be great for telling the "story" of a CBL or UBD, as a way to reflect upon your learning for summative conferences, or as an end of the year reflection activity!

How do you share out learning from conferences and PL? 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Learning Together is Better

My favorite partner in learning and I were at it again last night.  Just a quick reminder that learning together is better...even when your learning buddy is younger than you.

Video created in Apple Clips.  Drawing Machine made with Little Bits Steam Kit.

Stay vulnerable, friends.  You might just surprise yourself with what learning you find.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TMST: Blogging Buddies

For years, we as educators have been talking about connected classrooms.  Over the years, many classes I have worked with have connected with experts, used tools that allow for online collaboration and joined projects that involve learning with others outside of their classroom walls.

But how do we make sure those connections promote deeper thinking?

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately.

To me, a connected classroom starts with a connected educator.  Connected educators are inspired by connected coaches.  As I reflect upon the types of connections made by myself and modeled to the educators with which I coach, I realized something.

It's a step to put yourself out there, and I took that step by starting this blog. But connection isn't just putting yourself out there, it is the conversation between thinkers, the shared work of collaborators, the process of problem solving with someone and more.

That's why I decided it was time for me to show you how I am trying to connect more deeply.  I want you, my readers, to know that there is power in working together and seeking new perspectives.  

I recently joined a group of other EdTech Coaches through a project called Blogging Buddies.  This is my first type of project like this.  I am paired with 4 other coaches around the world to learn, reflect and share with each other.  I joined because if I am hoping you and your classrooms will begin connecting with others, I need to do that as well.

My Blogging Buddies have some pretty cool sites and I invite you to visit and learn from them as you would from me.

Eric Curts - www.controlaltachieve.com
Dierdre Shetler - http://collaborativeedtech.blogspot.com
Daniel Scott http://www.mr5scott.blogspot.com
Debra Killen - https://dkillenedtech.wordpress.com/ 

I'll keep you posted on how this connection project of mine goes!  There are many projects like this for educators and classrooms out there and I'd love to help you find one if you get inspired.  In the meantime, let me know in the comments...

How do YOU promote deeper thinking with your learners by connecting with others?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

TMST: Crazy 'bout Clips

Some days as a DLC I am reminded that my job is pretty fun.  Tinkering with new things helps me learn and being the learning nerd I am, that makes me pretty happy.  

The other day,  I took some time to explore a new app from Apple, Clips.  Clips lets you create movies using a series of video, transition and subtitle clips.  It makes movie creation a little more fun, while being super easy too.  

Things I love about Clips:

  • no login needed
  • start and stop recording seamlessly
  • filters to make videos more interesting
  • subtitles automatically added when recording - great for ELL's and emergent readers
  • easy title slide editing
  • import media or record from the app
  • music options that don't distract
  • share to camera roll or open in other apps

What would #dlcoachalli do with Clips?

  • Make nerdy example videos for introducing content (like on my blog!)
  • Have learners explain the steps in a process, create a procedural text video or reflection of learning
  • Use photos and call out graphics within a Clips video to explain thinking
  • Provide learners quick video directions in Schoology or at stations
  • Help you design learning experiences where the learners create masterpieces connected to content

I found the post linked below from TeacherCast to be helpful when learning about using Clips in the classroom and hope you do too.

Want to talk more about Clips or feeling inspired to try it? I'd love to design with you!

How would YOU use Clips in your classroom?  Let me know in the comments!


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