February 28, 2015
I have always been a huge supporter of Remind. It is a fantastic group of people that are on fire to help teachers and students learn and communicate better. I am honored to be on their Teacher Advisory Board and work directly with members of the Remind team and the rest of the TAB to help make Remind even better.
Since I don’t have a “class” of students any longer (teachers and administrators, etc. are my students) I wanted to think of a way to use Remind to connect better with workshop attendees before and especially after a conference where I’m speaking such as a Google Summit. It’s also a great way to extend my joy of sharing. To give this a go I created a Remind class called Kyle’s GAFE Tips & Resources. GAFE = Google Apps for Education. If you know me, you know that I’m a Google Certified Teacher and also a huge supporter of the Google in Education team. So I’m giving this a go as a way to connect with educators before, during, and after a conference I speak at. If you’d like to join my Google Apps Tips & Resources class on Remind simply text @kylep and send it to 81010 from your phone. Any news, tips, and tricks I share there will go straight to you phone. If you’d like to use the Remind app to receive these you can do that as well. Using the Remind app also allows you to respond with stamps to any message I send out. This adds a nice level of interactivity when you’re using Remind with students, parents, or workshop attendees. I am also able to send a voice message to the group via the Remind app.
I think Remind is going to be great for me as a presenter as a way to engage an audience, especially after the fact so I have a place to reach out and share to those specific people who choose to join.
If you don’t have a Remind account you can click here to create one so you can begin using it with key stakeholders in your school! Again, if you’d like to join my Remind class to get resources related specifically to Google Apps for Education, simply send a text to 81010 with @kylep as the message.
I look forward to new connections and learning in this space.
December 12, 2014
If you think about the staggering amount of edtech services out there, coupled with the numerous types of devices, it can feel pretty overwhelming to most people. We go to edcamps, conferences, webinars, etc. and get filled up with so many new ideas and resources but we don’t know where to start. Have you ever had either of these feelings?
Looking at it through the workshop facilitator/presenter lens, I’m just not into trying to cover 60 tools in 60 minutes or whatever other catchy title there is for it. That’s just not my style. I think we (leaders, presenters, etc.) need to keep this in mind when sharing with the intent of moving teachers forward with technology integration. The last thing I ever want to do is see someone get overwhelmed with too many choices. I will tell people this that I’m meeting with or presenting to on whatever the topic may be; especially if our time together is pretty limited. I’ve seen the look on teachers’ faces that shows their brain has been flooded and they don’t know what to do next. Like I said, there’s so many options out there for us and our students. I’d rather only share 3 ideas with you to dive into and pick from, and you try 1 of them and get really good at it. The old adage of ‘less is more’ most definitely rings true with technology integration.
Even so, when trying to get teachers to focus their learning with incorporating technology, there is often an unnecessary urgency. Here are some of the commonalities I’ve heard teachers say:
“I want to try this, this, and this and have my students using all of them within the next week.” (too much at once)
“Yeah but Mr. ‘teacher down the hall’ is having his students using Hangouts, coding, and robotics.” (feeling the need to compete)
“I’m only doing ____ right now in my class, which I know isn’t much.” (feeling that what they’re doing is inadequate)
Here’s how I always respond to these type of statements: the point is not to see how fast you can move forward, or how many new ideas you can move forward with at once, the point is to just move forward! Forward movement matters! If you’re embracing new ideas by trying them, refining them, and trying them again then don’t discredit yourself. You’re in a learner first mindset and that is huge!
I decided to explore my creative side again by using Canva (my newest learning adventure) to recreate a quote that I love to share with teachers I’m speaking to. I tried to find the original source of the quote but all I could turn up was that the author is ‘unknown’.