Closing Shop & Movin’ On…

As this school year came to a close, I decided that this summer I would finally learn how to use Word Press for blogging. It started yesterday when I found myself with a huge block of time where I could play around with the various features of Word Press. Easy UI it is not. But the overall presentation when all is said and done is very nice. It helps that the template I chose for that site is named for one of my favorite authors: Hemingway.

Now that I’m up and running with Word Press, it’s time to say good-bye to an old friend…my first professional blog “Tech is the New Black”…I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m a bit sad at moving my blog to a new site, but it’s time. I’ve been using this site to share my thoughts on education and technology integration for several years now. In fact, my first post was February 17, 2011 appropriately titled My Nemesis. I’d like to admit that technology ceased to be my nemesis over the years but I’ve found that with the increased integration of technology into my curriculum it served to open up new opportunities for technology to throw a wrench in the whole learning process. There were days (in the not too distant past) where I had to use pranayama breathing (kinda sounds like Darth Vader) so that I wouldn’t lose my mind. But if one wants to use technology, one quickly learns that you have to take the good with the bad (er, challenging).

I want to thank those of you who have read my blog posts over the years. I wrote them in part to share the triumphs and challenges of using technology but this blog was also cathartic in many ways. It helped me to see my growth over time as I overcame various technology hurdles and barriers. The new blog “Emerging Tech Notes” will continue to serve both purposes. The new UI is out of my comfort zone, so I apologize ahead of time if the blog posts, images, or anything else is out of whack. Just chalk it up as part of the learning process.

With much appreciation and fond memories, I bid “Tech is the New Black” adieu as I move forward in my learning journey at my new site “Emerging Tech Notes“.

Catch ya on the flip side!

What Makes an Educator?

Connectiveness.  Collaboration.  Community.

It’s interesting because one might think that the moment school is out for summer, teachers shun anything that has to do with work or education.  But you’d be wrong.  This is the time when educators come alive…we don’t have to worry about faculty meetings, after school tutoring, papers to grade, lessons to plan…we finally have the freedom to do whatever WE want to help keep us charged and amped up about being part of the best profession in the world.

This week, I found myself added to a group on Twitter comprised of tech leaders in the OC.  We were lamenting on the fact that we needed to create some type of cohesiveness among the educators in OC…if anything just to touch base but I think more importantly to build stronger connections between districts.  I know that there is a lot of good stuff going on around the county…and we have some remarkably creative and talented teachers who are touching the lives of countless students.  We know that working in isolation is not going to cut it anymore.  The digital society that we live in is interconnected.  We feed off of each other’s triumphs and learn from each other’s trials.  And what better way to build a stronger sense of community than to create a group that commits to getting together on a regular basis?

People were throwing around ideas like game night, getting together for sports events, even using someone’s garage as an informal fort, er meeting place…I’m also thinking that the upcoming EdCamps will be more fun since we’ll already know each other (even if we haven’t met F2F, yet).  And then watch out CUE…#ocXed will be

Needless to say, I’m stoked.  I love our hashtag and our t-shirt design (see above). If you’re an educator in beautiful Orange County, California…join us!  We don’t bite.  Well, not all of us anyway.  😉