And the things he's proud of...
What makes someone proud of something? It's easy to start with my kids. I am beyond proud to be called their dad. I could write for days on how proud I am of them. You could check out my Facebook page and see how much I care about them. This Smore, though, isn't about them. It's an opportunity to reflect on the professional points of pride in the life of Lee. The resume hits the high points as far as jobs and education, but this digs a bit deeper.
Pictures of kids may be thrown in, though, because they are that darn awesome.
The following places have allowed me to come and share knowledge. I take a great deal of pride in being able to go and share with others.
- Alabama Educational Technology Conference - 2012
- Georgia Educational Technology Conference - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- South Carolina EdTech - 2012
- Georgia Assistive Technology Conference - 2014
- Midlands Summit, South Carolina - 2014, 2015, 2016
- Educause, Google Apps for Education Booth - 2014
- Google Corporate Headquarters, Atlanta - 2014
- International Society for Technology in Education, Google Booth - 2014, 2015
- Connecticut Google Apps Summit - 2015
- Anderson School District Google Summit, South Carolina - 2015
- Georgia Technology Education Conference - 2015
- EdCamp Rome - 2015, 2016
- EdCamp Cobb - 2015
- EdCamp Athens - 2016
Conference Presentation Topics
- Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) for Professional Development
- Google Apps for Education Overview
- Google Maps in the Classroom
- Google Forms and Flubaroo
- Google Apps and Extensions Overview
- Google Drawings
- Google Calendar
- Google Classroom
- TechSmith Products
- The Paths to Google Certification
- Online Teaching Certification
- Keeping it Real in the Classroom
Google Certified Innovator
This is a big one, and you can see the press release here. This is the largest professional honor I've had. I am proud to be a part of this group. The designation is nice, but the doors it opened for me to expand my knowledge base have been amazing.
EdCamp Rome - This is an event that started at GaETC with the Rome City Schools Instructional Technology person and with the addition of Craig Ellison and Cat Flippen, it grew into something amazing. We've had two so far and we'll keep on having them.
The Tech Guide
The Tech Guide - When you are a one man show it is important to figure out how to get understandable instructions in the hands of teachers. As Instructional Technologist in Floyd County Schools, I worked on the Tech Guide to be able to provide needed instruction to teachers around the system. The guide focused on proper setup of Gradebooks, Website Building, and troubleshooting. Leveraging YouTube playlists was a critical part of the task.
Level Up - In traveling around you take note of quality programs and what they are doing. A couple of years ago, I ran across Level Up in Richland 2 School District in South Carolina. Level Up provides gamification of technology integration. Teachers complete tasks and get points. Those points translate to a seat time equivalency to allow for official professional development credit.
Online Teaching Endorsement
Online Teaching Endorsement - Teachers need strategies to successfully communicate with students. The Online Teaching Endorsement within Floyd County Schools does that. Working in a partnership with Georgia Virtual School, I developed a program of study that culminates with teachers receiving an Online Teaching Endorsement to their certificate.