This fact has absolutely nothing to do with technology but it's quite interesting! Did you know alligators LOVE marshmallows? Who knew!? While in New Orleans, my mother and I took many tours and one of the adventures we did was a swamp boat tour where we got to see and feed alligators. We saw tons of alligators because apparently when you bring out the marshmallows they all come swimming! Also, the fact that they are mean is just a myth, it's crocodiles that are mean.
Well Prime Day was a big bust! I was so looking forward to getting a bunch of really cool and cheap stuff on Amazon today however I do not need some old VHS and video games! What a total waste! I did enjoy these memes and articles!
The last two days I've been at a district just outside Columbus and I must say hats off to the teachers who showed up right after the Fourth of July. These teachers weren't required to be there but they stilled showed up and spent each day very excited to learn! It was a two day intense training full of a lot of information but they hung on. Our first day was full of Google Apps information and learning how to use Google Apps in their classrooms for various items like lesson plans, teacher collaboration, and lesson integration. The teachers had various checklists they needed to complete that focused on the different Google products like Google Slides and Google Drawings. I added the checklists at the bottom and love using these because they put the focus on the teacher and forcing them to learn how to use the products. They can literally be tied into anything!
Our second day was filled with Google Classroom, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Hangouts! Talk about a lot of information in a small amount of time! The teachers were awesome though, they hung in like champions and loved every bit of the information! I showed them how to use Google Classroom, create their class, various lessons they can do with Google Maps, and ways they can use YouTube as well as Google Hangouts to enhance their lessons.
The two days were exhausting but the teachers were extremely excited about everything I showed them and the principal loved every bit of what we did. Be sure to check out some of the items below from the training!
It's the last day of the conference! I think I finally figured out where I needed to go and how to get there; this convention center is so big! Today I spent the day doing poster sessions, this was the first time I'd heard or seen poster sessions and I must say I'm hooked. It's perfect because they give you a little bit of information in a short amount of time but enough for you to know whether you are interested or not and then they give you a link or qr code to get more information. I love it! I can get as much information as I want without have to sit through hour long sessions that may or may not pertain to the topic I actually wanted! Genius!
I also was able to sit and listen to Josh Stumpenhorst (remember the keynote speaker Bill and I met in the shuttle ride to the hotel). He's truly an amazing educator and we can all learn a great deal from him! I few things that really stuck with me during his speech:
"We need to be asking less of how do I get the technology" and more of "why do I need this technology?" Intentional and purposeful use!
"The refrigerator at home can no longer be the showcase for student work. Connect, share, and give your students a real audience."
He truly is an inspiration!
Jennifer L. Furey
My name is Jennifer and I work for one of Ohio's Ed Tech Organizations. We are a non-profit organization that services mostly Central Ohio however we do tend to travel around Ohio for our PD and conferences. Prior to this position I taught second and third grade reading for six years and then became a technology integration specialist for a little over a year.