After 5 weeks of hiking, spending time with family and friends, some time in Canada, and lot of just chilling out – my new job kicked off this last week. I wouldn’t be spending my last weeks of summer prepping the library as I’ve done for the last 11 years. This week would start my time at the district office, not entire sure of what I was doing – but knowing that this new role was just right for me.
Monday and Tuesday were actually a side trip before heading to me new work location. My good colleague Melissa and I had developed a class that would highlight our district’s technology standards and tools from Microsoft. We had met about this class several times, and were eager to share so many ideas with our class. We covered OneNote class notebooks, did a Mystery Skype with Tammy Dunbar, and used Mix and Sway. The course was fantastic and we both received great compliments from the participants (and the district).
So Wednesday morning I walked to the bus, rode to Redmond, and jumped into my role. My overall job is really about helping teachers use our technology to help students meet our technology standards. It means that I help plan and run meetings, facilitate committees, create content for our staff portal and LMS, and think about ways that we can use our resources. I’ll also get to travel to schools to work with administrators and technology teacher leaders.
My awesome team is great. I’ve worked with them in various ways over the years. We’ve spent a lot of time already brainstorming and sharing, laughing and working through situations. Our first big project is an all-day training for teacher leaders in a few weeks, working so I’ve been creating a session on running professional learning in an EdCamp-format. I’m also creating some resources for some new tools from Office 365. Basically, it’s the stuff that I like to do.
We also talked about some things I have used or plan to use this year. Quite randomly I got them to do a Mystery Skype with MIE colleague Kyle Calderwood (which, of course, was awesome). We also talked about BreakoutEDU and looked at my kit that I picked up at ISTE. I think we will do an introduction in December with everyone. I’m also sharing info on Sway and Forms at our meeting.
Regardless of all the projects and details of my job, we are all committed the same central idea. Technology integration is really about good teaching. That’s a must for the vision of this team, and we all believe that. Truly.
I’m excited to see where this leads, and so happy that Mike supports me in this adventure. It’s going to be an exciting year, and I’m ready to keep supporting this vision of the district and my team.
Also – riding the bus across 520 rocks.