Happy Summer Everyone! We made it! 😎 It was a pleasure working with you and THANK YOU to all of those who had me in or who reached out in some way! I’m already thinking of ways to make technology integration bigger and better for next year, so stay tuned! In fact, I was so busy in this endeavor last week, I neglected my weekly blog post for the first time! Can you believe it?! I know you must have missed me 😉!
Although I plan to FULLY enjoy my summer, I find that if I don’t keep up at least a little with technology integration over the summer that I come back to a lot of catch-up work. It helps me to “stay afloat” in the summer with tech, so my post this week outlines a few great ways one can do that. You can check in as little or as much as you want! You could also just reference this post in the fall 🙂
I find the BEST, most up-to-date tech lessons, ideas, and strategies on Twitter! I have a few FAVORITE bloggers that I follow who post regularly and I keep them in my cheat sheet here. I also follow @Masscue which will often retweet great posts from other Massachusetts Educators. You can also follow me, I also retweet great things I see @MrsErinFisher. I absolutely LOVE Twitter chats and have made so many new friends by being a part of a few. Twitter is a great way to see the latest and greatest tech updates!
Read and Write! 📝
I LOVE to read, but I LOVE to write even more. This year I wrote my weekly blog and also a few tech articles for various publications on Tech PD Days and EdTech Coaching. Reading educational books and also writing about education, even just to be reflective (like my blog), help me to keep my skills “afloat.” I plan to read Lead like a Pirate this summer as well as a whole lot of fiction! I also hope to write a few posts over the summer and keep a summer journal with my own children as we write about our favorite days.
Check out the MASSCUE site, as they are hosting not one, but 2 GooglePaloozas this summer for a VERY cheap rate! MASSCUE offers so much PD, most of which is free for members. This is a fantastic organization! Consider joining – one incentive are the grants they award to members who write an application…up to $3000!
Lastly, check back here! You may see me post a little over the summer 🙂 🐟
Other stuff 🏆
As we finish up the year, I also wanted to include a few wrap-up items…
End of Year Video/Slide Shows 📹
I’ve seen so many GREAT picture slide shows at the different schools. iMovie seems to be a favorite, but our new District-wide Technology Coordinator told me about OpenShot! It looks like a great alternative, and it appears it would work really well with Google Drive on a Chromebook. BONUS – it’s free. Check it out below and consider it for next year’s project!
I used iMovie for this GEM below which we made for Kathy Raulinaitis’s retirement. She is my former partner when I taught 6th grade.
Pear Deck AWESOMENESS 🍐
Pear Deck just came out with 30 PREMADE AWESOME DECKS! They all focus on internet skills and involve some GREAT lessons, including how to determine “fake news.” The best part – ALREADY MADE FOR YOU! Check it out!
I wish you all a FINTASTIC summer! 🦈