The Diary of a Technology Supporter

Technology being used in an elementary school

Professional Development Meme 2009 June 3, 2009

Filed under: collaboration,education — msmithpds @ 2:36 am
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Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2009 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

The Rules

1. Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
2. For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/07/09).
3. Post the above directions along with your 1-3 goals on your blog.
4. Title your post Professional Development Meme 2009 and link back/trackback to
5. Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme09.
6. Tag 5-8 others to participate in the meme.
7. Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
8. Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

My Goals:
1. To design:
1 – a 9 week iMovie 09 class lesson plan for 6th graders to complete integrating their Building Boys Making Men curriculum.
2 – great presentations on 1 – the basics and 2- advanced tools found within iMovie 09 for this summer’s iSummit conference.
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2. To organize my home and work calendar system to help better maintain all of those important people and things in my life.
3. Establish connections educators from around the world to skype in on the Mais-Tec monthly meetings to share what is going on in their school in regards to the education revolution!
(Mais-Tec) Memphis Association of Independent Schools Technology Education Consortium ( )
(And now I am bucking the system by adding a 4th goal so that I may possibly finish it. To complete and publish my Internet Safety curriculum for grades 1-6.)


My Vision June 1, 2009

Filed under: 21stCeturyLearning,collaboration,education — msmithpds @ 2:55 am

I would like to set up iGoogle accounts through Google for Education for my 5th and 6th graders. I would like for these students to have their own iGoogle Homepage with widgets to get to their teachers’ blogs, shared and private Google Docs and presentations, use the To-Do list to keep up with their agendas, and gmail accounts to send homework, projects, and questions to their teachers and when working on group projects. I am not sure as to how to begin setting this up. I have gone to and looked at the tools, but don’t know what my next step is. I am looking for someone to advice me, send me to the place where to start, etc. I am stuck. Has any technology integration specialist or teacher done this and is willing to help me get started?


One Part of My PLE March 24, 2009

Filed under: collaboration,PLE,PLN,twitter — msmithpds @ 6:50 pm

I am a huge Twitter supporter in the area of education and professional development. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome this resource is for me. Every time I launch this site or the program that feeds my twitters to my computer I learn something new. I can ask for help, get advice on lessons I am dreaming up, find schools to collaborate with, and read others blogs, that I may not know about!

It took me about a year of using this tool before I was sold. The first few months I though it was cool, had about 40 followers, but didn’t really get the full effect of the device. Now I am participating in conversations with hashtags (Monday nights educators converse using #educhat at the end of their statements – hosted by thecleversheep), connecting globally with others, and much more.

I have never had a rude or crude comment pop up on Twitter, nor have I ever posted an over-the-top gripe, or something on those lines. I don’t mingle with my social life on this, following others that have to do with my outside of school interests. I think if I did I would have more trouble with inappropriate tweets.

This is my professional learning environment. And every time I step in to it I learn more than I thought I would.

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