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Las Vegas Summit 2017

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I just got back from another incredible Summit by the EdTechTeam.  I consider myself quite fortunate, and I am ever so grateful each time I get to work with the team of educators that +Michelle Armstrong brings in to work with her at these summits.  Michelle is the ultimate leader who has a penchant for making her team feel united, empowered, and awesome.  You just want to work hard for this woman and help her to produce the BEST SUMMIT EVER.  This time I presented 3 sessions, and the closing keynote.  My entire weekend was so amazing, but I have to say, I was consumed with thoughts of my keynote speech, so much so that my sessions may have suffered.  I apologize to all my attendees for that.  I do love what I do, but being a keynote in Vegas had me bound by thoughts of that final half hour.  Once it was over though, I was on that high of, "I just did that.  I did it.  I. DID. IT."  Version 2 was alright, and I know I have tons of room to grow, but I know I will gain valuabl…

On Becoming A Google Certified Trainer

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This week a goal that I have been working towards for a few years now became a reality.  I was accepted into the Google for Education Certified Trainer's community.
Since I discovered and began using GSuite, I have been a huge believer in how they can change the landscape of teaching and a person's classroom.  It has certainly changed the way I teach, and it has changed the learning that takes place in my classroom.  In addition to improving the learning, my student's have empowered themselves through the massive organization that Google Drive and Google Classroom has allowed them to have.  Like I said, I am a HUGE believer in the products.
Not many people understand what it means to get certified by Google for Education.  I know that when I began getting certified and passing exams, nobody around me at work truly "got it".  "Oh, that's great!" they would say, but not truly understanding what a personal achievement it was for me.
When I was accepted…

FOUR GUIDELINES FOR INNOVATING AND DESIGNING A BOOK PROJECT

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Recently I was posting to a G+ post in the EdTechTeam Community sharing some ideas for book projects, when I was asked if I would like to blog about what I do with my book projects in terms of ideas, choices, etc. I decided that I would, so below is the blog entry that I shared with EdTechTeam in hopes of it making it onto their blog!

When I was a young student, I loved reading.  I have memories of hiding under my blankets in bed with a flashlight, hoping my parents never caught me and made me go to sleep.  When I reached the age in school where book projects, or book reports as they were called back then, started to be assigned, I was more than eager to share my reading experience with my classmates.  Unfortunately, the book report experience was a HUGE disappointment.  One basic assignment, over and over again - write a report about the book.  Of course there were other requirements, but each time it was an essay.  No variety, no choice, no excitement to complete the work.
When I bec…