Archive for March, 2012

Thank You

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

This is an excerpt from a response I wrote to a thread of messages between some of my colleagues and friends who recently connected at the CUE conference. What I wrote, though, applies to so many other people, I thought I should share it here as well (especially since I wound up alluding to the title of this blog, the first place I began to connect with a new sort of community, which might be called my PLN, but has certainly become much more).

This was definitely a special CUE conference… and our shared events have been increasingly so for me in recent years. This feels similar to the sort of connections you might be lucky to make in school, but we’re all geographically distributed already – and this won’t be “over” when we all “leave.” Our remote connections also make our limited times together that much more special… and I love that our “reunions” are spent making new memories. #climbingcue #cabanacue #latehikecrew etc…

There’s also something special about having chosen or found each other, rather than simply being brought together by circumstance (at a school… or home town, or workplace). It’s amazing how much I respect each of you (and so many others in our community) as professionals, as educators, as learners, and as people… and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have a more personal relationship with so many of you.

It seems to be a lesson I need to keep learning, but many of you have helped me rediscover the importance of the “and life” element of our work. In short, you make me feel good about being human. “Thank You” is an apt title for this thread. I’m very glad to have been included.

And I’m thrilled to end this message with: More soon…

For some readers of this blog, I’m very much talking about you (or perhaps you’ve experienced this with different people). For others, this might serve as yet another example of the potential power of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). In any case, please share any comments or responses here – or via email. And, as I used to end so many of my early posts, thank you for reading.

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EdTechTeam at CUE 2012

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The EdTechTeam has just finished a busy week at the Computer Using Educators 2012 Annual Conference. Many of our workshop resources are available for free online (under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license). We hope you’ll use these, and share them with your colleagues and students.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about these workshops – or anything to add to the resources.

And, of course, contact us or fill out the online request form if you’re interested in bringing these workshops to your organization or your region.

Incidentally, I was particularly excited about my own sessions… both were new and both went very well:

What Do You Want to Learn? 20% Time in Education

Google Certified Teachers Share: What’s New From Google for Education

Google Apps for Education California Summit

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I am thrilled to announce this here… it’s the beginning of a new chapter in my career, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

The EdTechTeam invites you to join us for the first annual Google Apps for Education California Summit to be held at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara on July 12 & 13, 2012. This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team.

Plan now to send your teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning. More…

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about this event.