Posted in #edtech, A Look at my Heart, Take Aways

Ignite! the Passion with EdTechTeam

Have you presented at an EdTechTeam Summit? Have you challenged yourself to share your knowledge and expertise? If not, you totally should! This past EdTechTeam Summit in the High Desert was not only local for me, but also my 6th Summit (I believe :))as a presenter and probably my busiest! I challenged myself, which I seem to have a knack for and I went out of my comfort zone. After all #igotgoals!

A little background, this time I applied for three sessions and at that… three totally new sessions! To my amazement, I was accepted to present all three! Seriously, a big deal for me! Then to my surprise, myself and two of my #teamstripes PLN (@TechCoachGraham & @meagan_e_kelly) were asked and honored to represent PearDeck. Eek! This gave me four sessions… I was excited to be part of such a community and especially because I have made strong connections with many who were coming from afar. Seriously, I cannot stress one thing more than to create your “tribe,” your PLN! That sense of what you truly got into education for- to “make a difference”- will be felt through every part of your being. You truly become part of a community for the greater good and have… wait for it… FUN while doing it! The support, encouragement, and excitement is never-ending! (Notice all the exclamations??? I’m truly beyond excited, blessed, and wanting to share the goodness!)

This brings me to the weekend of the Summit. I knew I was going to be busy and I was prepared. Afterall, I had my tribe there too. You receive an email asking to participate in the Demo Slam. I thought about it. Amanda and I have done one and we won!!! So then, where do you go from there? Do it again and potentially lose your winner title- after all you’re up against amazingness- Alice Chen, Sergio Villegas, Brooke Whitlow, and John Stevens… OR go for it!?!? I decided to stick this one out only for the fact that I had three sessions to do that day. Then… the email comes asking for Ignite Sessions. These are like mini-TED talks approximately 5 minutes in length that conclude the Summits. My first thought… DO IT! Afterall, again it would push me beyond what I believe I could do, it definitely would push me out of my comfort zone and #igotgoals!

Something about being in your own hometown is scary. I know it seems like it should be easy with the support of your peers, but there is. Just. Something. I became more anxious about doing a 5 minute session than presenting in a totality of 5 sessions all weekend. I have presented in front of crowds all the time, let alone in my district, why would this be such a big deal? At the same time there was this indescribable excitement and itch to #bebetter and to relay a message that is truly from the heart.

There were four of us that day “Igniting” the passion into the crowd of educators. Of course, I was first- AHHHH! Hold it together Kelly- you got this! My session was meme-filled with a message to promote YOU to look at yourself and #bebetter! I spoke from the heart and occasionally heard the laughs and saw the smiles. I think I was shaking more afterward for the fact that I was on cloud 9!!! I mean I want to get to Keynote status, but this was somewhere to start! I took that leap and can only get better! The best part about it… the reaction! Coming from those I put on a pedestal, like Alice and Sergio, as keynoters themselves and just amazing beings. Not only did they commend me, but in fact reassured my feelings of excitement AND gave me feedback. Why am I excited about feedback? Well, my Ignite was in fact about being better. If you want to get better that’s part of the process and to be able to build upon that makes you that much BETTER! I also was reeling from the fact that if I was able to encourage just ONE person in that audience to let go of negativity, let go of attitudes, and focus on themselves- to push themselves to in fact #bebetter. Not only will they feel more accomplished and it will reflect in all aspects of their life, but I have done my job… this time! Hehe

I plan to continue to “Ignite” the passion and goals that I have. I encourage YOU to find your passion, ignite the fire, and #bebetter!

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Posted in #edtech, A Look at my Heart, PD-zine

PD-zine!! An Electronic Professional Development Resource!

OH! MY! GOSH! Sooooo… it came to me in church! I am possibly quite over-the–top & beyond crazy passionate in providing as much as I can for educators and even more crazy about showing all of the great resources, tools, and just what is out there …period! It can be quite a struggle, because believe me I KNOW what is on your shoulders. I KNOW what is being asked of you. I KNOW time is of the essence. I KNOW it is a difficult balance and mystery to find that balance between life, family, work. I get it! I am a people pleaser. I am passionate and LOVE feedback for the sole purpose of making ME better.

What came to me like a light from above???? An electronic magazine. An electronic magazine for educators. An electronic magazine for educators focused on Professional Development! AHHH! I stayed up pretty much all night, putting my thoughts and ideas together (you know after my children and husband were nestled and sound asleep- it’s that balance thing. HA!). I would love to share my vision, my resource, my passion, with YOU! I was going to wait until later, but I cannot contain myself! Please follow, comment, email anything with anything you can suggest… the good, the bad, the improvements!  Continue reading “PD-zine!! An Electronic Professional Development Resource!”

Posted in #edtech, A Look at my Heart

#IHaveGoals

I hesitate to share my day… but then I realize I am probably not alone. I am on this journey for myself, but in an effort and dream to in turn help and support others. It’s a passion! It’s a goal! Lil’ bit of background:

I officially became a Google Certified Trainer! Goal accomplished! Yessss! Then, I “hummed and hawed” about going for Google Innovator even though I’ve always told myself it’s what i wanted. I mean, I do think of myself, quite frankly, as creative, but is that really “innovative.” I have had many supporters and  would not be where I am without them. Through inspiration, motivation, and just an attitude of “I CAN do this!” I went for it! It has always seemed like such a far reach goal, but nonetheless I desire it… I WANT it… I WILL get it!

Which leads me to today… you prepare yourself really. The competition is fierce! There are amazing people out there and their visions are phenomenal- again inspiring. On one hand, you try to tell yourself you got this and you get those nervous butterflies of what it would be like. On the other hand, you try to act like it didn’t happen. The hard work and efforts you  just put together didn’t happen so you wouldn’t drive yourself nuts thinking of not being accepted. There was no balance really… Ahhhhh! Thank goodness for a support system whether in person, though Twitter (#lon17 #googleei), relationships made through the process, or I probably would have gone bananas. Then it comes… the email…

Not this time.

The multitude of feelings, yet not knowing quite what to feel. If that makes any kind of sense. You thank those for support. You chat it out with one of your best supporters (#teamstripes) (besides my #1 supporter of my husband). You realize everyone’s excitement on Twitter. (Which well they should be- they are amazing in their own right and soooo deserve it!). But then almost automatically I begin to think: How can I improve? What can I do to make it better? How can I truly show my passion? When do I apply next? Yes… next!! I will conquer! I will achieve! I will “keep swimming!” After all, #IHaveGoals!!!

For more information and to stay updated visit Google Innovator Program

Posted in A Look at my Heart

Let the Chronicles Begin

So much to say… where to begin??? Why not start a blog of the chronicles of life in the “instructional coach” lane and my passion for education?!?!?! I truly began my career in education to do the stereotypical “make a difference!” Seriously though… yeah right some people may think. From making relationships and creating now friends on the process from being in the classroom to (“What do you do?”) teaching teachers, I can only hope my experience, training, and expertise relates and transitions into their classrooms.

I have then become pretty much overly excited and #madegoals to better myself and be a continuous learner though EdTech Team Summits with Google for Education and becoming Google Certified Level 1 & 2 and most recently a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Can I get a whoop whoop??? 🙂 Really… what can I learn:

It’s never too late to learn and be proud of yourself with all the efforts! BAM!Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 2.49.20 PM