Summer Learning

"Change brings opportunity." ~Nibo Qubein

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Grow Yourself!

This Tech Tuesday is to mainly focus on ways to grow professionally. The summer is a time to relax and take a moment to rejuvenate but it's also a great opportunity to find ways to grow in your career.
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What's Better Than Free...A $1000 stipend!


Just in case you haven't had the opportunity to read the email I sent last week, I wanted to bring the opportunity to your attention that their is a Free WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course that is available to you this summer.

Any K-12 teacher can take the course!!

Dr. Arteaga shared it with me and I know some of you have already signed up but if you haven't read the email that I sent last week, here is a little snippet of the online free course.

Free WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course for 8-12 Educators launches online version

In an effort to increase the number of certified computer science teachers in Texas, a free online version of the WeTeach_CS Certification Prep course is launching June 13.

(Registration is open Directed to K-12 teachers, the course is designed to improve competencies for the 141 TExES Texas Education Agency's 8-12 Computer Science Certification Test. After a teacher passes and applies for the certification, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded by the TRC thanks to support from 100Kin10 and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). AT&T supported the development of the online program with a $50,000 contribution through AT&T Aspire – its signature philanthropic initiative to help ensure students have the skills needed to succeed in the current and future workforce.

So if you're interest, hurry and register today!

Don't Just Read Any Book This Summer...Read These and Join an Edu Voxer Group!!!

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Summer Professional Development

There are plenty of summer professional learning opportunities but be aware that some are fee-based. I tried to find as many free trainings as I possibly could. Be sure to bookmark this page to check back for updates.

EdCamps are/always will be free.

Edcamps (requires travel - sorry, most on-location edcamps are during the school year - I will inform you of those in the 2016-2017 school year. The one that I attended this past fall was EdCamp Katy - it was phenomenal. Houston and Alief districts usually have one as well).

EdCamp HP - Dallas, Tx

EdCamp HEB - Bedford, Tx

EdCamp Library - Frisco, Tx

And then there's this Online EdCamp!! EdCamp Global!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for edcamp Global - 7/29-30!

Specific Training

TCEA Tots and Technology - Galveston, Tx

Region 4 AGC Institute - Houston, Tx

TXGoo16 - Frisco, Tx (just happened this past weekend but here is a link to their notes)

iPad Palooza - Longview, Tx

iPad Palooza - Austin, Tx

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My top suggestion for growing yourself is one of my favorite social media tools, Twitter. I know I say this over and over but it really is an awesome resource.

It's a powerful social media tool that people use to broadcast messages that our limited to 140 characters. There is some information posted on the tech page here but I wanted to give you more.

There are so many social media options out there, why Twitter?

4 years ago I joined twitter. Not with enthusiasm I must add. Matter of fact, for the first 2.5 years, I wasn't even active, I don't even think I tweeted once. Then a former HISD co-worker made a comment that stuck with me:

Arika, Try Twitter again! You're in education (technology at that)
and you're not active on twitter? You're missing out!!

So I reluctantly dragged myself back on Twitter and I am beyond glad that I did.

Networking and Learning has been the biggest gain to being on twitter. Twitter itself is Professional Development! If you have a growth mindset and you want to grow in your profession, Twitter is a great resource, if not THE best resource!

So if you're not "actively" on twitter, this is my number one suggestion this summer.

My Twitter Recommendations

Here are my best recommendations when using Twitter.

  • Check Twitter as often as you can. For some that may be once a day. For others several times a day.
  • Don't worry about who follows you. Worry about who you follow! Follow those that will help you grow.
  • Network and communicate with others. Don't just be a "scroller".
  • Participate in a chat, or two, that interests you.

Education Chats

Check out this extensive lists of Education Chats that goes on daily on twitter. Whether you interesting in chats about math, science, music, project -based learning or whatever your interest is, this list tells when it happens and will even add the event to your calendar as a reminder.

PD Resources

Let's face it! We're in a digital age. You're just expected to use it, no matter where you go. Here are some other links to browse through if interested.

Tech & Learning Live Chicago Live 2016

Google Certification Educator Level 1 and 2 Checklist

10 Reasons You Should Be Postcasting

Makerspace and STEM Padlet Resources


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Class categories include:

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  • Photography
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  • Gaming
  • Culinary
  • DIY
  • Writing
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  • Other

And on a personal note...

Looking for Summer Learning/Camps for your own kids? Sarah Gish of Gish Pics publishes Houston's biggest collection of summer camps.

Check it out here:

Have a great summer!

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