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professional blog of a teacher, future administrato, writer, learner, motivator, inspirerororor

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2012 Caldwell College Ed Tech Conference

I’ve had the privilege of being asked to present two different tech conferences at Caldwell College on Friday, Oct. 26th. At first I was hesitant because of the work load I have put on myself this school year, but after working on the two presentations, I have a new outlook on the conference. I’m really excited to present!

Not only am I excited to present, but I’m also interested in meeting the other presenters and participants.  Conferences always get the most excited and bright-eyed individuals because they elect to go. They have some vested interest in the conference, so they’re looking to learn something new.

The Presentations:

Google Earth:   The workshop will introduce the participants to the Google Earth software and will outline what the learners can do using this tool in a social studies classroom. The participants will examine simple tools that Google Earth has to offer – layers, zooming in and out, creating paths, tagging. Sample lesson plans will be discussed. Time permitting the participants can brainstorm and come up with their own examples of lessons. The participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to get the most out of the workshop.

Digital Storytelling:  This workshop will introduce the participants to the effective use of digital story telling in their classrooms. The participants will access and explore the functionality of the Web 2.0 software of VoiceThread. Participants will learn how to use the software and create their first digital story. Time permitting, the participants will be able to view the other participants’ VoiceThreads and leave comments on each digital story.

Looking forward to a great day.


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The First Meeting

I think it might be a long school year. I had the first meeting of my administrational internship and I’m a little blown away. Over the course of only 8 months I will need to accumulate 300 hours of administrational “activities.” Now, I have an idea of what I may do over the course of the year, but I can’t imagine accumulating 300 hours of these “activities.” I’ve been told that it is possible and not to worry.

If anyone out there has done an internship like this before, what are some principal duties you took on? I’d like to get a wide range of experiences so I’m ready when and if the time comes to take on this new challenge.

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Blowing off the Dust


It has been a while since I’ve posted up here….been a little busy. Had my first child.  Bought my first house. Fixing my first house. One hour commute to work. Coaching. But now it’s the Summer and I’ve got time!

Starting over the Summer (hopefully) I will begin accumulating hours that count towards my principal’s internship.  As of right now, I love the classroom, but one day I would like to make a change on a greater level. I figured that I’d chronicle my 300 hours in this forum. We’ll see how long that lasts.

I’m truly excited to begin this administration internship…mainly because I want to see what goes on “behind the scenes.” I’m sure it’s the same old mundane stuff that a teacher does, but I’m still curious.