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Rock star, Movie Star, or Me?

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November 2011

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What a week!  I just spent three, jam-packed days with teachers and students in Round Rock ISD, in Texas.  I first met “my” group of nineteen teachers and ten instructional technology specialists in September at a whole-group “kick-off”.  These teachers are in their first or second year of technology integration, and the ITSs support them.  They all have Dell Chromebooks in their classrooms, and that is where I enter the picture.  I get to provide them with support, encouragement, and training throughout this school year.  This was my third visit to Round Rock. I observed 2 teachers, had conferences during prep time with 4, and co-taught with 11.  Here is a snapshot of what we did:

  • Explored Exit Ticket and Pear Deck
  • Used WeVideo to record science investigations, and edit videos
  • Used Google drawing to create mind maps for the American Revolution in one room, and the phases of the moon in another.
  • Used Google Slides to create class “blogs”, collaborative research projects, science fair data displays, math review portfolios, and poetry anthologies
  • Observed a teacher using Chromebooks to have students do bell ringers, and then later to record math discoveries
  • Observed a group of middle schoolers using Chromebooks to study groundwater, and then collaborate on a shared doc to jigsaw their findings
  • Taught a class how to use Kahoot as a way to review telling time to the minute
  • Taught Google search ninja tips 🙂 to two different classes
  • Helped each teacher discover and plan some next “action steps”

 The teachers were fantastic. They were appreciative and eager to learn. The kids were even better!  I was rewarded with multiple hugs and requests to come back from the kiddos (fortunately just at elementary schools – lol).  So while one told me that I looked like Hilary Swank, and another asked me if I was a famous singer, I’m happy to be me.   
I love that I get to do this kind of work on a regular basis.  The prep leading up to this week was pretty intensive, I will admit.  But, sitting in the airport, exhausted, I can say that it was worth it.  

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