A Week of Awesomeness at EHS 10.15.15
This week has just flown by. We had a deadline to meet this week as administrators, so I apologize that I may have been hiding out in the office a little too much. Anyway, with Tech Tuesday this week, and then a conference on Wednesday at Greenbush, my goal of getting into classrooms this week just didn't pan out, and I apologize for that. No one's fault but mine. With that being said, this week's Friday Focus is going to look a little (a lot) different than it normally does.
Since I did not make it to classrooms this week, I still want to focus on some great things that teachers are doing, so I got to thinking... what amazing things did I see this week? Although there were several, I'd like to take the opportunity to tell you about some really great conversations that came out of Tech Tuesday this week. Before you shut me out because you just saw the phrase "Tech Tuesday," please give this a chance! I know things are crazy busy, and it's hard to give up some plan time, and Tech Tuesday can seem like more of an inconvenience than an opportunity. With that being said, I wanted to share some awesome moments with the some people who came and learned about Google Hangouts. After reading a few of these, I hope it becomes increasingly clear that these days aren't solely about the use of technology - it's about pedagogy, and how technology can help enhance how we teach. Each person had unique ways they planned to incorporate Hangouts into their classroom, which goes to show that technology still allows us to be individuals and have autonomy - it just presents us with a new tool to do so.
First, he was considering connecting with his brother in law via Hangouts. His brother in law builds apps, and could be an awesome real-world connection for his web design kids to ask questions to and get an idea of what that job looks like on a day to day basis. What an awesome experience those kids could have!
Secondly, he had the idea of connecting with some former students who are excelling in college or their careers in video production. He could use Hangouts to play his class's projects to those people, and they could give an immediate critique based on what they're learning in college, or how they would critique it in the real world. Wow - that's powerful stuff!
Third, he had an idea (that was maybe over my head a little bit) of how to create some 360 field trips using another technology, and broadcasting it via Hangouts.
The conversations we had were not about technology - they were about enhancing the experience his students had in his classroom. Thanks, Nate for allowing these conversations to happen!
If you took the time to read through the newsletter this week - I thank you. Thanks for taking an opportunity to learn and grow.
Finally, I'd like to throw out another "Thanks!" for the Boss's Day card and gifts. This is a truly great place to be, and it's because of the people that are here. Thanks for allowing me to come have fun at work every day! I appreciate you very, very much.
Have a great, long weekend.