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Upcoming EdTech events in DFW area and beyond

As the new year gets underway, I wanted to make you aware of a couple of great EdTech conferences that will be taking place that you might want to put on your calendar.

Both are FREE and very well organized, offering something for every level of blended learning advocate from the beginner to the Instructional Technology Specialist.

EmpowerED 2019 Conference will be held September 28th in North Richland Hills and is put on by the great Digital Learning Team at Birdville ISD.  I had the pleasure to attend and present at this conference last year and it was instrumental in setting my course for the year.  I've already registered and am excited to see what is in store this year.

Held on Saturday, October 26th, The TCCA Conference (Technology and Curriculum Conference of Aldine) is held in Aldine Texas, just outside of Houston and has grown into a POWERHOUSE EdTech conference.  This will be my first year to actually be able to attend and I will also be presenting a session on "Exte…

Flipgrid Fever!

I am very excited to have been named a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador!  Flipgrid is a wonderful tool for amplifying student voice in your classroom.  Flipgrid is a part of the Microsoft family of educational tools and is a great platform that allows students to respond to questions or prompts in video format.

It is free to sign up for a Flipgrid account, so if you haven't tried it yet I encourage you to do so today!  I especially love doing Flipgrids at the beginning of the year as a way to get to know my new students.

Give Flipgrid a try, you'll have #FlipgridFever in your classroom in no time!

OneNote and Wakelet

OneNote and Wakelet  An Integration as Well-Matched as Peanut Butter and Jelly

So by now, you've probably realized how much I love Microsoft OneNote and how many uses I've found for it in my personal and professional life.  The recent integration of OneNote and the content curation tool Wakelet has taken my use of OneNote to another level entirely! 

Back in May, I had the pleasure to work with Michelle Christensen, The blogger behind the website One Noteworthy Life and the OneNote Bullet Journal group on Facebook. I was a guest on her monthly "Take Note Chat" video series.  In the video, I explain more about this great integration and demonstrate how easy it is to use.  So, rather than bore you with all the details here, take a look at the video and learn how you can use Wakelet to take your OneNote notebooks to a new level.  Enjoy!  I'd love to hear your comments after you try it out! 

TIA Conference Recap

This was the tenth year for the TIA Con (Think, Iterate, Act) conference put on by Denton ISD this past July 16th and 17th and it was my first time to attend.  But I learned so much and had such a great time it will definitely NOT be my last time to attend this event.

I must admit I made my decision to attend this event kind of late waiting until mid-summer because of all the other projects I had on my plate.  I really didn't expect my last-minute presentation proposal to be accepted, but when it was I decided to make the drive and see what TIACON was all about.

The event is held at Braswell High School which according to my GPS is in Little Elm...just barely south of Canada...or at least that's how it felt driving in from

There was a mind-spinning number of sessions on a vast array of Ed-Tech topics and I spent way too long mulling and changing my mind over what sessions to attend.  I tried to focus on sessions that taught about apps and programs I had NOT lear…

RECAP of TCEA Elementary Technology Conference

Wow, this has been a whirlwind summer for me and it's not over yet!

My focus for this summer was on my professional development and becoming a speaker/presenter at technology conferences.  I've been attending them for the past 3 years and learning a great deal of information, but I felt it was time to step up and start giving back as well.  My ultimate goal with my career is to move into an instructional technology/digital learning coach capacity so I felt that presenting professional training was a skill set I really needed to develop.

The TCEA Elementary Technology Conference in Galveston this past June 10-11th was my first big professional conference to present at and I feel it went well.  I was nervous, but well prepared and after the conference, I've spent some time reflecting on what went well and what I'll do differently next time.  In fact, that is why it's a month after the conference and I'm just now writing this post!

Galveston, as always, was breat…

Introducing the Chromebook App Hub - Chromebooks Made Easier

These days Chromebooks are the standard issue technology is many elementary school classrooms.  There is a wealth of free apps and extensions created specifically for education that can be used on Chromebooks, but until now it's been rather unruly to navigate.

Google has heard our cry as educators and earlier this year released the Chromebook App Hub and I think you'll want to check it out.

The Chromebook App Hub makes finding the right apps and extensions for your students Chromebooks much easier.  It features a custom search feature called "Idea Sparks" that allows you to customize your search by category, age range, subject and learning goal to explore the right mix of apps for your student's needs.

I've been using quite a few Chromebooks apps with my students over the years and was impressed by how many I found that I didn't know about with just a few short minutes of searching.

I'd encourage you to take a little time this summer to explore the C…