The BISD Technology Department hosted the North Texas Google Summit from June 8-9th this year at Centennial High School. We hosted, set up all technology, and our team presented at the event. Our CTO, Stephen Logan opened the summit with a welcome speech. Continue Reading →
I was invited to sit on a panel for the BrightBytes Conference at Region XI. I got to do a brief presentation on how our district uses its BrightBytes data, and then the panel took questions from the crowd. It was a great conference full of incredible speakers and I was grateful to be included. I got to spend time with my friends Jan North from Mansfield ISD and Dwight Goodwin from Denton…I always learn new things from them! Continue Reading →
This year we all got to go to SXSWEdu in Austin. It was VERY different from the usual educational technology conferences we attend. It was much more about big ideas, pushing limits, and a lot of the sessions were more geared toward post-secondary education. My biggest goal was to go to the XQ venue and talk to them (as we’re applying for one of their grants). We did manage to make it over, participate in their activities, and wind up on their display board! Continue Reading →
Thursday at TCEA brought my chance to present in the Google Theater. I finally scored the Google shirt I’ve always wanted! Woot! I volunteered in Google space answering people’s questions for an hour and then gave my Google Forms: Automated Awesomeness presentation. I got some great reviews and the room was packed! I even got a shout out from Google on Twitter! Continue Reading →
Day 2 saw us attending sessions at the Google Academy – after I started my day with some Starbucks! Then we headed right into a Google party at Google Fiber and some dinner. Getting ready for tomorrow night’s award ceremony! So excited for my friend, Teresa…she deserves this recognition! Continue Reading →
We rode into Austin on Sunday…ready to get our con on! Woot! TCEA here we come! Took care of registration and got some yummy dinner! Then we rested up…ready to rock out the week! Excited to see if Teresa and the rest of the FIVE finalists from Burleson ISD would take top honors at the award ceremony Tuesday night! Continue Reading →
BISD hosted the first North Texas Google Educator’s Group EdCampGoo. This fun Google-focused EdCamp was organized by the Learning Technologies Department and the leaders of the GEG – Kasey Bell and Ann Witherspoon. There were great sessions and TONS of wonderful door prizes! It was really fun to host with the GEG team! Come back soon! Continue Reading →
Burleson ISD hosted the Google Texas Roadshow and several of us presented at the event. We even had a group of teachers and librarians serve on a panel for Google at the event. I love that we partner so often with Google. Their events are always fun and it recharges my batteries to be around people as passionate about education and technology as I am. Continue Reading →
Attended a workshop at ESC 11, sponsored by TASA, featuring Eric Sheninger. I am leading a book study with the administrators at KMS and was really excited to get to hear him in person. I was NOT disappointed. Sheninger has all the great quotes, a slick presentation, and a northern accent that is so different from our Texas drawl…but even better…he’s got the PROOF that what he talks…he walks. Continue Reading →
My buddies from Kerr Middle School (yep, I call ’em the A-Team) got to present at TCEA this year. An awesome presentation about their experience with the Chromebook 1:1 roll out. They were mega-awesome and got rave reviews from the participants! Love these guys!
So, apparently one of the perks of being an award finalist/winner at TCEA is that you get to sit up front for the Keynote! That’s right…within mere feet of Bill Nye the Science Guy! It was an interesting and lively keynote…my biggest take-away, I think (I’m still processing), was his comment about how WE are raising the next great generation. That’s a huge responsibility. Challenge accepted. Continue Reading →
Shut up! I won!!! I got Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year from TCEA! I can’t believe it! So stinkin’ awesome!!! I was really nervous and didn’t know if I’d win…but I did! Have to thank the amazing teachers and administrators that I work with every day! I couldn’t do what I do if you didn’t let me come into your schools and classrooms and get you to do all kinds of crazy stuff! My face hurts from grinning! So thrilled! Thanks for making my job the best one in the world! Continue Reading →
TCEA week started out with a bang…or a goo…Google, that is. We were invited to an event at the Google headquarters in Austin. You may now die of nerd-envy. LOL! Continue Reading →
So excited to be all checked in to my room in Austin! TCEA starts tomorrow. I’m good to go…got my nifty TCEA backpack, the app, and a plan! Watch out world…here I come! Excited about the awards on Tuesday night, too! So exciting to be a finalist for Instructional Technologist of the Year! Wish me luck! Lots of mini posts to follow as I reflect on the conference!