Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Roller Coaster ride of being a Campus Tech

Wow - a month has already passed and it's time for another post!

I am a Campus Technology Specialist at the high school level. Being a Campus Tech is a roller coaster ride of emotions... some days are great - the tasks are easy and you feel successful in your position. Other days - oh, those other days - you know the ones... When you are beating your head against the wall... Slideshows and spreadsheets don't work correctly and you can't figure out the problem... You are frustrated, the teachers you are helping are frustrated... you all are ready to throw in the towel! You overhear those comments about not using technology... Yet, you hang on for one more try... another computer does the trick! Really?!? That is all that it took?

Suddenly that frustration turns to laughter. Sometimes, that is my job... the good days and the bad days... it works here, it doesn't work there. There is no rhyme or reason. I often joke that I have a magic wand when things go right. When they don't, I accidentally left my wand at home. I guess it is a good thing that I love roller coasters.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Blogging Buddies

About a week ago, I saw this tweet about a Blogging Buddies group. I thought what better way to start blogging than to be involved in a challenge style setting with a support group... Right? Well... I have waited about a week trying come up with a great topic...and I had to fall back on one of their suggested ideas. :) I'm going to start with a post about Blogging Buddies!

There are only a few guidelines for the Blogging Buddies program - You have to agree to the following:
  • Post at least once per month
  • Offer feedback to all others in my group at least once per month
  • Practice best digital citizenship
  • Use LARA method - Listen (or read), Affirm, Respond, Add (this one is new to me)

So far, I have joined ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), which is a move I needed to make because of the great resources available. I have also joined several of the PLNs offered through ISTE, one of which is the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches PLN which is hosting the Blogging Buddies. I got my email today with my team members, four other Ed Tech Coaches that will go through this process with me. All-in-all, there are 50 Ed Tech Coaches participating. I am scared and excited at the same time. Some have awesome blogs and some have blogs like mine - in the infancy stage. My goals is to not only promote professional growth as an Ed Tech Coach but to model it, also. I don't think I should "preach" blogging if I don't "practice" blogging. Anyone else want to join me on this adventure into the wonderful world of blogging?