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A New Role Leads to A New Adventure In Education

September 12, 2013 · By Andrea Keller · 4 Comments

For the past eleven years, I have had the opportunity to teach in a special education classroom.  Although I loved teaching in the classroom, I knew I was ready for a new adventure.  This adventure came my way this summer as a new job opportunity in my school.  

I began my year as the new Instructional Technology Specialist.  In my new role, I will work with students and teachers.

I had so many goals and ideas for the beginning of this year, and then I had to take a moment for reflection.  Is everyone going to have the time and excitement that I have for using technology?  What will be the most important idea to get across so every student benefits?

Based on these questions, I came up with the goals that I want to accomplish this school year:

1.  Facilitate Monthly Tech Challenges

I want to offer opportunities for teachers to increase their technology     use while not getting overwhelmed in the process. I am going to have four technology challenges per month with a gamification aspect added to each challenge so teachers can learn new technology and have fun at the same time.

2.  Increase The Amount of Technology Tools In The Classrooms

I have a ton of teachers excited about using technology, but they don’t necessarily have all the materials right at their fingertips.  I want to help teachers get more technology resources for their classrooms by writing grants or getting donations to fund technology purchases.


3.  Maintain A Presence In The Classrooms

I am so excited about the opportunity to work side by side with teachers to help increase their student’s knowledge and use of technology.

One thing I have already discovered about this year is that I am a brand new learner! I am very capable when it comes to using technology in the classroom.  I am also patient in sharing ideas to those around me.  This job, however, encompasses so much more than I realized.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn new systems, ideas, and protocol.

I am looking forward to this new adventure in learning and growing.  Do you set goals for yourself at the first of the year?  Do you reflect on what you have accomplished or not accomplished?

If you have moved into a new position this year, I would love to hear what goals you have set for yourself to adjust to your new role.  Please share your goals with me in the comments below.

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Pinning for Education Issue 12

September 06, 2013 · By Follett Software · No Comments

Our Pinterest boards are a great resource for Common Core, Education Apps, Library Advocacy and more thanks to Follett's Guest Pinners. Discover the latest resources that our guest pinners have shared on their boards.

Common Core from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's board has 162 Followers and 292 Pins. She pins resources related to the Common Core every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:


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Learning Library from Guest Pinner Ruth Aptaker
Ruth's Board has 155 followers and 59 pins. She pins resources related to her blog posts on the Learning Library every Monday. Here are a few she has pinned:

  • It’s Time for Guided Reading…Now What Do I Do?-  If the thought of guided reading makes you pull your hair out, or even if you are a guided reading guru who’s looking for more materials, this 159 page packet has everything you need! For teachers unsure of where to begin, or who have seen the whole guided reading process go strangely wrong, the instructions in this packet help to lead you back to success.
  • 200 Ways to Say “Went”
  • Blogging in the Classroom- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging In Education.

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Education Apps from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's Board has 166 followers and 244 pins. She pins resources related to Education Apps every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:

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We also have Follett related boards like the Follett Challenge and Behind the Scenes boards that give you a sneak peek inside our offices. We are pin happy and we'd like to share. We'd love to see you.

If you are interested in pinning for Follett, please contact Rebecca Levinson, rlevinson@follett.com.

 

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Rebecca Levinson is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Follett School Solutions.  Social media is her passion and blogging is her first love.You can find Rebecca on Twitter @follettlearning or @rebeccalev.

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Organizing Apps for Education

August 14, 2013 · By Andrea Keller · 2 Comments

Summer is winding down and I am beginning to think about this next school year. As I see all of the fun ideas of welcoming students back to school and remembering all that I have learned this summer, I get a little overwhelmed.

I have 3 “go to” apps that help me increase productivity in the classroom and through my social life.  These apps can all be found on iOS devices and in the android market.

Twitter
 Although I feel like I am an expert on many things, there is so much to still learn.  Twitter is a great resource to get information and ideas from fast.  Being productive means using your time wisely.  Having information from educators and colleagues around the world is a great tool. 

Wunderlist
 I am very excited about using this resource next year.  I am a list maker, but with my new position I have new lists that go with different people.  Many of my tasks, my to do’s, arrive via email, and I do not want to overrun my inbox once I have completed a task.  The Wunderlist app, which also has a web version, can be used to make multiple lists and can be shared by creating group lists.  I like having the option to make a private list for my administrators where we can both add items and track progress.

My 3rd favorite app is a more healthful productivity app.  As educators we are always so concerned about school and our students that we sometimes forget about ourselves.

Lose It

There are many apps that are available to help track food and exercise, but the Lose It app is my personal favorite.  I love that it counts my calories for me (you can even scan in a barcode), tracks my weight, and it also syncs with my FitBit.  This app helps me stay on a healthy track in my busy schedule.

What are your go to apps for increasing productivity?  How do you keep it all organized?

Follow my own “Beeline” of learning to find quick and handy tips to use both in and outside the classroom. Can’t wait for my next blog? Follow my adventures on twitter @akbusybee.

 

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Andrea Keller teaches children with disabilities. She is the wife to Executive Chef William. Andrea is a lover of volunteering and technology and was a 2011-2012 TCEA Teacher of the Year and on the NSBA 20 To Watch.

She also blogs at Busy Bee Ideas. Please welcome Andrea and her new series by commenting below. Can’t wait for her next blog post? Follow her adventures on twitter @akbusybee.

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Pinning for Education Issue 11

August 13, 2013 · By Rebecca Levinson · No Comments

Our Pinterest boards are a great resource for your curriculum planning for back to school thanks to Follett's Guest Pinners. Let's check out some of the latest resources that our guest pinners have shared on their boards.


Common Core from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's board has 156 Followers and 277 Pins. She pins resources related to the Common Core every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:
•    Curriculum Map-Google Doc for the collaboration between teachers and the school librarian (Van Meter)
•    Text Leveling Correlation Guide -Stages of Reading Development, Grade Level K-6, Basal, Guided Reading, Reading Recovery, DRA, Lexile Level, AR, and Lexile Ranges to CCR.
•    I Can Common Core Bulletin Board- To display objectives.

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Learning Library from Guest Pinner Ruth Aptaker
Ruth's Board has 150 followers and 59 pins. She pins resources related to her blog posts on the Learning Library every Monday. Here are a few she has pinned:
School Fonts
30 Things Librarians Love via Buzzfeed
Education Week:  Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

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Education Apps from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's Board has 160followers and 243 pins. She pins resources related to Education Apps every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:

60 Apps for Teaching STEAM
Student Apps for Education: Scrabble Like Game for Math.  Super fun and addicting just like scrabble.
Core Teacher Apps for iPads

 

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We also have Follett related boards like the Follett Challenge and Behind the Scenes boards that give you a sneak peek inside our offices. We are pin happy and we'd like to share. We'd love to see you.

If you are interested in pinning for Follett, please contact Rebecca Levinson, rlevinson@follett.com.

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Twitter Stream from Follett's High-Impact Common Core Planning and Back to School Webinar

July 29, 2013 · By Rebecca Levinson · 2 Comments

More than 350 people joined Follett’s Common Core-High Impact Planning webinar last Friday, July 19th .  Speaker Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, highlighted a game plan filled with resources and implementation tips to help educators get ready for Common Core this coming school year.

We microblogged the webinar on Twitter.  If you missed the live feed, see the story below.  Don’t forget to register for Kevin’s upcoming webinar, “Common Core and Back to School-Issues for the Upcoming Quarter”, on Friday August 23, 2013 at 1 pm CST.

Rebecca Levinson is the Manager of Online and Social Media Marketing for Follett Software.  Social media is her passion and blogging is her first love.

You can find Rebecca on Twitter @follettlearning or @rebeccalev.

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Pinning for Education Issue 10

July 26, 2013 · By Rebecca Levinson · No Comments

Our Pinterest boards are shining bright thanks to Follett's Guest Pinners. Let's check out some of the latest resources that our guest pinners have shared on their boards.


Common Core from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's board has 139 Followers and 268 Pins. She pins resources related to the Common Core every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:

 I Can Common Core Bulletin Board
Common Core Sheets- A great resource for math, science, language arts and Social Studies worksheets
Nine Ways the Common Core will Change Classroom Practices

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Learning Library from Guest Pinner Ruth Aptaker
Ruth's Board has 136 followers and 58 pins. She pins resources related to her blog posts on the Learning Library every Monday. Here are a few she has pinned:
•    2013 “Must Read” Books
•    It’s time for Guided Reading…Now What Do I Do?- If the thought of guided reading makes you pull your hair out, or even if you are a guided reading guru who's looking for more materials, this 159 page packet has everything you need! For teachers unsure of where to begin, or who have seen the whole guided reading process go strangely wrong, the instructions in this packet help to lead you back to success.
•    Educational Technology and Mobile Learning:  A 60 Seconds Guide to the Use of Blogging in Education.

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Education Apps from Guest Pinner Laura Healy
Laura's Board has 147 followers and 243 pins. She pins resources related to Education Apps every Friday. Here are a few she has pinned:
•    20 Great Websites for Elementary Educators
•    Teaching Screenagers February 2011
•    The Best Apps for Teaching STEAM

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We also have Follett related boards like the Follett Challenge and Behind the Scenes boards that give you a sneak peek inside our offices. We are pin happy and we'd like to share. We'd love to see you.

If you are interested in pinning for Follett, please contact Rebecca Levinson, rlevinson@follett.com.

Rebecca Levinson is the Manager of  Social Media Marketing for Follett School Solutions.  Social media is her passion and blogging is her first love. You can find Rebecca on Twitter @follettlearning or @rebeccalev.

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The 3 Top Tech Tools To Organize your Classroom

July 24, 2013 · By Andrea Keller · 1 Comment

Although it is the middle of July I am already filling up my calendar for the must finish before school starts items.  I always feel such a sense of accomplishment if I can start the year off organized.

I have several tools that I am looking forward to utilizing more this year.

eduClipper-I had a chance to see Adam Bellow, creator of eduClipper, as the closing keynote for ISTE2013.  eduClipper is much like a Pinterest account, but it is geared towards education.  It allows both students and teachers to share and curate information.  I have already started several eduClipboards and look forward to sharing items with my school and students.

Pearltrees- Pearltrees looks intriguing for collecting, organizing and sharing websites.  There is also an app available.  I enjoy the look and the flow of the various Pearltrees and the ease to quickly add from other Pearltrees already created.

Google Calendar- Although I am very excited about trying out both of these organizing tools in the coming school year, I always have my standby organizing tool.  As my life gets busier and more hectic it is important for me to organize my dates and times.  There are many tips and tricks you can find on utilizing Google calendar, but there are many aspects I could not live without.  My faves in google calendar are syncing with my phone or device and it calculating time zones for me.

There are so many tools to use to organize your classroom, but I find if I use too many tools to organize I am not as organized. 

What tools do you use to organize?  Have you picked up any great tools in various learning this summer?

Follow my own “Beeline” of learning to find quick and handy tips to use both in and outside the classroom. Can’t wait for my next blog? Follow my adventures on twitter @akbusybee.

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Andrea Keller teaches children with disabilities. She is the wife to Executive Chef William. Andrea is a lover of volunteering and technology and was a 2011-2012 TCEA Teacher of the Year and on the NSBA 20 To Watch.

 

She also blogs at Busy Bee Ideas. Please welcome Andrea and her new series by commenting below. Can’t wait for her next blog post? Follow her adventures on twitter @akbusybee.

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Tweet Your Takeaways During our #FollettCommunity Common Core Webinar with Kevin Baird

July 19, 2013 · By Rebecca Levinson · No Comments

Tweet Your Takeaways During our #FolletCommunity Common Core Webinar and Be Entered to Win

Today, July 19, 2013, tune into our #Follett webinar at 1 p.m CT:  Common Core:  High impact Planning for 2013/2014.  Kevin Baird Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, will discuss what are the critical tasks, shifts, materials and assessment requirements to plan for as we get ready for the upcoming year.


Our webinars are social.  During the webinar we will be microblogging the event live on Twitter from the handle @follettlearning using the hashtag #FollettCommunity.  Today we want you to be a part of the conversation.  Share our webinar with the Twitterverse today by tweeting your takeaway to @follettlearning using the hashtag #FollettCommunity.

You will be entered into a drawing to win one of three iTunes giftcards.

Get social, share your knowledge and good information, gain a chance to win an iTunes giftcard.  We'll see you later today.

Rebecca Levinson is the Manager of  Social Media Marketing for Follett School Solutions.  Social media is her passion and blogging is her first love. You can find Rebecca on Twitter @follettlearning or @rebeccalev.

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ISTE 2013 Reflections

July 16, 2013 · By Andrea Keller · 2 Comments

Every year the International Society for Technology in Education hosts their annual conference.  This year the 4 day conference took place just down the road from me in San Antonio, Texas.

This year I was able to attend not only ISTE, but the HackEd unconference the day before ISTE officially started.  HackEd13 is the unconference (that is free) before #ISTE13 officially starts.  Attendees are able to help decide the conversations that are going to take place and will have a chance to connect and learn with others.  I appreciate that Follett has the understanding of how important these types of events and conversations are and are willing to help sponsor so educators can have a chance to connect.

Between keynotes, sessions, events and of course the exhibits there was not enough time to see or do it all.  Throughout my blogs I have mentioned using hashtags to keep up with ideas and topics.  Attending a conference that has thousands of connected educators; many of which I had never met face to face, makes using a social media platform even more important.

So, what did I take away from #ISTE13?

Connections- Between meeting Twitter friends f2f (face to face) or following a few new friends I know my online conversations are going to help me grow as an educator.

Conversations- I don’t always agree with what everyone promotes, but having opportunities to have conversations in the Blogger’s Café and through other events allows me to look at other perspectives.

Energy- Although ISTE is a giant conference with so much to see and learn, I am always filled with such energy afterwards.  I have learned new ideas that I can’t wait to implement and share with fellow staff members.

What conferences have you attended this summer?  What were your main takeaways?

Andrea Keller teaches children with disabilities. She is the wife to Executive Chef William. Andrea is a lover of volunteering and technology and was a 2011-2012 TCEA Teacher of the Year and on the NSBA 20 To Watch.

She also blogs at Busy Bee Ideas. Please welcome Andrea and her new series by commenting below. Can’t wait for her next blog post? Follow her adventures on twitter @akbusybee.

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Register for Follett's Complimentary Common Core Webinar Series with Kevin Baird

July 01, 2013 · By Follett Software · 3 Comments

Join us for our new summer webinar series.  Kevin Baird will be leading two Common Core webinars to get you ready for the upcoming school year.  Kevin serves as Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, which focuses on creating sustainable capacity in schools for job-ready learning outcomes for all students.

These two Common Core webinars are designed to help you navigate an effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  The webinars will provide you with an easy-to-use framework for planning and prioritizing your beginning-of-the-school-year efforts.

Two Webinar Sessions on the Common Core.  Attend one or both.

Friday July 19,2013-1 pm CST
Common Core- High Impact Planning for 2013/2014

What are the critical tasks, shifts, materials and assessment requirements to plan for as we get ready for the upcoming school year? Kevin Baird covers the highest-impact planning items:

  • Reading Data
  • Library and Materials Support
  • Technology
  • Priority Instruction by Quarter
  • Common Core Assessments

Register today for this webinar on Planning for the Common Core

Friday August 23, 2013- 1pm CST
Common Core and Back to School-Issues for the Upcoming Quarter!

Focusing on specific, pragmatic and practical priorities for the upcoming 13 weeks, Kevin Baird presents a vision of how to ensure the new year starts well and Common Core implementation begins "on track".

  • Principal Expectations
  • Teacher Focus
  • District Support
  • Community and Family

Register today for this webinar on Implementing the Common Core for Back to School

Socialize the Common Core and help your PLN

Our webinars are social.  During the webinar we will be microblogging the event live on Twitter from the handle @follettlearning using the hashtag #FollettCommunity.  Today we want you to be a part of the conversation.  Share our webinar with the Twitterverse today by tweeting your takeaway to @follettlearning using the hashtag #FollettCommunity.  You will be entered into a drawing to win one of three iTunes giftcards.

These webinars are sponsored by the Follett Community, a place for PreK-12 educators to grow, collaborate , share, learn and communicate. Sign up for a first look at the Follett Community today.

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