The Diary of a Technology Supporter

Technology being used in an elementary school

Professional Development Meme 2009 June 3, 2009

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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

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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?


Resolution December 29, 2008

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The year is wrapping up and I find myself not very accomplished this year in the Web 2.0 – 3.0 world.  I am overwhelmed and excited about all of those who seem to be in this cyberworld so easily.  So New Year’s resolution (for the professional part of me) time approaches and we will see how I can improve myself.  So here they are:

1.  Read my blog subscriptions.  It’s funny.  When I thought of this one I thought maybe I subscribe to too many.  That seems to be my Web world issue.  Too many things ~ not mastering one.  I went to my iGoogle Reader and found all of the ones that I subscribe to I want to keep.  I moved a few around so the top 3 are on my homepage and in my face.  
2.  Blog myself.  I started this lame blog and have done nothing with it. I am going to start publishing my work.  I know that I do good things at work so I will start to write about them even if they aren’t just the coolest Web 2.0/3.0 things.  I am proud of what my teachers are doing and even though I don’t have my own class to play with, I do get some to do exciting things.  
3.  Use one or two neat web tools per month.  This may be hard.  January I will use the Google search thing to help gear the students find good resources.  This may be a big hit since I work with younger ages (4th – 6th grade).  This particular class will then write stories and publish them within MapSkip. . . I believe.