1) What is your one biggest challenge during this school year?
Time. There is simply not enough time to accomplish all of the learning goals I have scheduled. Penultimate challenge: brevity. However, I’m working to resolve that.
2) Share two accomplishments that you are proud of from this school year.
Shifting focus. Introducing Google Apps For Education (GAFE) to five elementary schools was a challenge. I am proud to have helped assist the way students, staff, and stakeholders view GAFE as a learning tool.
Building community. GAFE has brought together students and staff through collaborative documents. I am proud to say that I am a part of that community.
3) What are three things you wish to accomplish before the end of the school year?
A clear #edtech #curriculum outline for the 2016-2017 school year
Create a keystone event to measure student growth (please note that I did not use the word “assessment”)
Get approval for my (last!) fieldwork class necessary to obtain a Preliminary Administrative Credential
4) Give four reasons you remain in education in today’s rough culture.
Students. My take: the education arena has always been a “rough” culture. The politics, the funding, and the media scrutiny will always be a part of education. I choose to focus on the kids. Kids will do amazing things if we let them. And, I want them to wow me with technology in their learning.
Potential. The ability of technology to enhance quality teaching and learning is limitless. Attending #CUE conferences this year, and following all the amazing educators on Twitter #TOSAchat has inspired me. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Team #RESCUEtech. I am proud to work with an awesome group of people. The real accomplishment was the district’s successful GAFE roll-out. There were numerous staff members who made that happen. I am simply proud to be a part of that team
Money. I’m not kidding. Today’s public education arena has seen some positive shifts in finance. Funding for technology and training in schools is more readily available. And, the rate of return on that investment is limitless.
5) Which five people do you hope will take the challenge with you?
Dave Scroggins @davescroggins1
Steve Doescher @doeschersteven
Suzette Hubbard @numbergirl99
Josh Harris @EdTechSpec
Kelly Martin @kmartintahoe
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