Back to Work and Back to Thinking

Okay, the title isn't completely accurate.  I am always thinking.  Maybe not as much as some people I know, but I am!  As a mom and a wife, I have to be on my toes, but being cognizant in those roles is much different than in my role as a teacher.

I attended the Google Apps for Education Calgary Summit last week, this is a Google Summit put on by the EdTech Team.  One of our amazing staff members and my tech mentor here at Rundle, Michelle Armstrong (@myarm), is a member of the EdTech Team and in addition to all of her organizing, she was the closing keynote at this event.  It was during these two days of the summit that after a short, but fantastic summer, I had to turn my brain on, and I mean FULL ON.  I was quite overwhelmed with the learning that I did. I was inspired and psyched to start my school year, as there were #futureready ideas flying everywhere.  I would feel very safe in saying that all teachers who attended will make some pretty positive and digital changes in their classrooms.

So, my thinking has been reinvigorated after a summer of leisure and fun.  Yes...another school year is about to start.  My brain is buzzing with so many cool ideas that I would love to integrate into my classes.  The key is to figure out the HOW to do this.  As I begin to prepare for the school year, and as the school year progresses, I am pretty sure I will be able to tackle some of my "to-do list" from the Google Summit.  I have begun to make some changes over the past few years, and the reaction from both students and parents has been positive.  I hope to continue to bring in some innovative ideas.  Holly Clark, a member of the EdTech Team coined the phrase, "Disruptive Innovator" and this is what I aim to be.

The 2014-2015 school year is about to begin, and so is my journey to becoming this "Disruptive Innovator"...I just need to keep thinking.  Thinking outside the box.

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