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Microsoft Forms is one of the greatest things since I was born! Microsoft Forms is a great tool for flexible formative assessment and it allows for the teacher to give meaningful feedback and response to student needs.
Microsoft Forms has a branching feature that is great to use for personalized instruction! With Microsoft Forms you can set up a quiz or form so that your students will only see certain questions based on their answers.
Share your example quizzes with us!
Microsoft Forms is a new part of Office 365 Education that permits students and teachers to create surveys, questionnaires, quizzes, etc. When you create a form you can share with others to respond using mobile devices, or web browsers. Built in analytics are included to evaluate responses.
Check out 6 ways you could use Microsoft Forms in your classroom. Continue reading
Your classroom is the best place to introduce technologies that connect us with more than 140 characters. It is time for our classrooms to serve as a gathering spot for more efficient communication which increases creativity and collaboration in everything our learners may do.
How does it look in your classroom? Well, the look depends on your classroom teaching style, purpose for teaching and your students.
Here are my five most favorite tools that promote engaging collaboration and creativity into our modern classrooms: Continue reading
In this video, I will demonstrate how to use Microsoft App, Lesson Planner to create standard based lesson plans. You will learn how to go to the Microsoft Store, select the app, and auto populate a lesson plan. It is really simple! All you have to do is make the selection of premade activities and resources.
It never fails that each time I present at conference or workshop, there are a few people that walk up to me and ask how can they do what I do. These wonderful educators come to me because they are not sure how to get started. These beautiful souls see themselves coaching and teaching other teachers, providing professional development, and supporting other teachers and administrators. Well, the most important fact that I share is that they must learn how to take rejection first. It has taken me over 7 years, 250 job filled notices, 35 rejected proposals, 5 years of doctoral studies, social media certification, coaching endorsement certification, and many many hours of professional/personal development. But on a lighter note one of the greatest things about becoming an educational consultant is that you can begin while teaching. (Just do not do anything personal during work hours)
Here are a few steps to get the transition started.
Only pursue an area in which you are a passionate expert and that you will do for free.
Do you love helping teachers create lessons and integrate technology into their instruction?
Are you passionate about sharing best practices in a particular subject area?
Does the idea of coaching other people how to reach students with diverse disabilities make your heart smile?
Understand “education” is a really vague area, so pinpoint your area(s) of expertise.
What do people come to ask you about the most? My focus is brain based teaching and technology integration.
You can’t be “anti-social” you have to be active on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, Pinterest, etc. Join at least one of these social media channels. You don’t have to contribute right away. Start out by following other experts and thought leaders in your field of interest.
Make sure you read blogs and sign up for newsletters too.
Find relevant educational hashtags to follow so you can see posts from a broad network.
Start where you are and then seek local, state, and national opportunities
Check out Meetup and Eventbrite to find opportunities that are relevant to your interests. You can even participate and apply to district and state requests. You will be able to learn new things and also add to your professional/personal learning network of names and your knowledge of leadership. It is important to become actively involved in improving education at a broader level.
Don’t stop there. Consider joining your school improvement committees, district task forces, curriculum revision groups, review, and adoption committees, assessment forums and discussions, and standardized testing panels. You will never know who you may meet. Opportunities are all around you and you never know who may offer you money in exchange for your expertise.
Be active in local and professional associations
Get online and search for local professional associations and join the one that fits your personality and interests best. Many national associations have state and local chapters such as Association of Training and Development.
Attend EdCamps and Playdates Volunteer at new events and be ahead of the crowd.
You can even become a board member after investing enough time.
Keep in the loop of professional development
Find quality professional development that you can immediately implement in your classroom. Many school districts offer opportunities for teachers to come and learn.
Attend( and eventually submit proposals to present) conferences
(If you are going to present at conferences make sure you take personal days)
Let me tell you about EdCamps. Edcamps are free and becoming one of the fastest growing “unconference” learning opportunities available. You can even do a quick Google search for keywords like “Science Tech Conferences” and set up an email alert for those terms too. (Watch this video on how to set up alerts). After getting your feet wet as a participant, make sure you submit proposals too. Go ahead and follow social media handles and websites of the event organizers so you will know when they have a call for proposals. Don’t get bummed if you don’t get selected. Sooner than later will be your time.
Meet no strangers
Make sure you understand that your networth is determined by your network. Always make a goal to meet 3 to 4 new people at the conferences you attend. Add them to your social media network plus find the official hashtag for conferences and respond with ah-ha moments. Plus when you network, think upward. Include educational company specialists, post secondary faculty, and administrators. This can really put you into motion. For example, I spoke at a National Youth At-Risk Conference and two years later I received an email from someone ( a school district director) that attended my session. She requested that I conduct 2 one hour sessions for teachers. I accepted and developed more relationships. Oh yeah, make sure you find a consulting mentor and ask them the tough questions like the ones listed in number 7 below.
Being a consultant is not about how many times you speak or how much money you make. The key love what you do and live out your passion.
Yes, I have spoken to a crowd as small as 2 people and my heart still sang because I have a love for the field and a sincere desire to help others become greater.
Now that I have given you 6 steps to becoming an educational consultant…Prepare yourself for the 7th step. Please give yourself 2 hours to answer these questions that I found on Brilliant-Insane.
1. How might your deepest beliefs enrich and compromise your ability to serve others well? How will you curb your confirmation bias?
2. Are you willing to ask teachers and administrators really hard questions, even when they cause significant discomfort? How does likability influence the way you lead?
3. How will you amplify the voices of those who aren’t being heard often our loudly enough within a system? What are you willing to risk in order to validate these people?
4. Have you considered how building a huge online network might influence the location and size of the territory you are invited to serve? Are you eager to travel often, or do you want to be at home to watch your children grow up? Your answers to those questions should influence the way you leverage social media as a business person.
5. Are you prepared to be the scapegoat for more significant issues within a system at times? How will you respond when this happens?
6. How will you invite dissenting voices into the conversations that you facilitate? When will this be most important? Hint: see question 1.
7. When will you know that your ego is ruining your work? How will you cope with the ego of others and its influence on your work?
8. Who will define your role and your place within a system? How?
9. What will you do to align your professional values and vision with those inside the schools you serve? What will you do when this seems impossible?
10. Discomfort isn’t always an indication of failure. How will you know when it is, though?
Now that I have shared 7 steps to becoming an educational consultant, I hope you really give it some thought and prepare yourself.
How can I get started?
Listen up, if you are looking for a step-by-step guide for starting your own educational consulting business, you will not find a cookie cutter blueprint. There is not one correct way to do it, as with anything in life it depends on your situation.
However, I am working on a brand new resource that might be beneficial and helpful in getting you started.
It is an online webinar/course called How to Transition From the Classroom Into Educational Consulting but I will call it C-School for short.
The course comes with a written transcript, a printable note-taking guide, an audio version (mp3), plus other resourceful books so you can listen and re-listen while exercising, driving, or getting things done around the house.
In these resources, I will share:
-How to be of service and not of sales
-How to transition into part- or full-time educational consulting
-How instructional coaching and consulting are interrelated
-How to identify your purpose for consulting
-How to create a consulting action plan (business plan)
-How to build your social media presence
-How to create passive income
-How to secure you first consulting gigs
-How to find freelance work for an existing educational consulting or coaching firm
-How and when to start your own educational consulting or coaching company
-How much to charge for coaching and educational consulting services*
-How to determine if your niche is valuable and needed
-How to find a daily schedule that works with your natural cycles of productivity/creativity
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Well kinda sorta…
As we know Kanye West is no stranger to social media. In his recent Twitter “rant,” he shared that he “was thinking about not making CDs ever again… Only streaming.”
I know he didn’t directly say education… but I want to reference streaming in education. His “rant” says what a lot of technology lovers in education are thinking. We need access to quality videos!
We live in a digital age which is marked by change, social cohesion and awareness, and the young generation are seen as key influencers of global change.
Video, as a basic agent in education transformation, accommodates diverse learning styles, increases excitement and student engagement, as well as helping maximizes classroom resources while improving learning outcomes.
The pedagogical impact of video can be summarized by three key concepts:
- Interactivity with content (the learner relates to visual content, whether verbally, by note taking or thinking, or by applying concepts)
- Engagement (the learner connects to the visual content, becoming drawn in by video, whether on-demand or real-time)
- Knowledge transfer and memory (the learner may remember and retain concepts better than with other instructional media)
Just as one pathway of transmitting knowledge will never be enough, any individual grouping of particular media may never be sufficient.Giving learners access to only pathway is the same as forcing students into a learning style that does not fit their needs.
This is why diversified media such as texts, oral presentation, slide decks, recorded audio, and other forms of media invite enhancement by video. It is becoming a pivot point for learning, a desired need not only by learners who are growing up emerged in rich digital technologies, but also by educators.
Video not only fuses visual and auditory stimuli into a single package, but also helps “bridge the gap between schools’ boxed environment and the global world, bringing reality into the classroom”.
Just like Kanye wants others to be the best version of themselves, as educators and stakeholders we should want our learners to be the best version of themselves. Their learning should not be stopped or stunted due to the lack of instructional resources.
In summary, video is a learning tool that when properly applied harvests wide benefits. It is also a collaborative medium with universal appeal. As a tool, however, it can be misused and abused. I believe video is best used not in a vacuum but as a piece of the scaffold for learning.
Learners must be provided with background or supplementary knowledge. When each students’ prior learning is made visible, student learning is greatly enhanced. Furthermore, outcomes are greatly enhanced and extended when the video is integrated into the rest of the lesson.
It is evident that the time is now, the technology is available, and the time is now. It is vital that video technologies are adopted as learning tools, directing our learners on how to best benefit from them and contribute to their growth as global learners and global citizens.
On January 30, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. PST, Microsoft is leading the HACK THE CLASSROOM Movement. We are bringing together inspiring educators and thought leaders and sharing their secrets. Continue reading
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the launch of the 2016 UNICEF Kid Power school program, expanding to 13 cities across the country and empowering more than 70,000 elementary school children to get active and save lives. More than 3,200 teams of third
through fifth-graders in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St.
Paul, New York City, Phoenix, Portland (Maine), Sacramento, San Francisco/Oakland and
Washington D.C. will join the UNICEF Kid Power Team beginning in early 2016 and help save the lives
of severely malnourished children around the world. Continue reading
What: Zeal: Common Core Exit Tickets for K-8 students.
Who: Epic teachers in K-8 ELA and Math classes looking for innovative formative assessment tools for their classroom. Teachers can personalize instruction, track student progress, and engage students in class competitions. Students and teachers receive feedback that tracks progress and shows where extra help is needed.
Steps to get started:
- Go to www.zeal.com
- Type in your email address and create a password.
- Create a class and direct students to enter a class code ( Each class will have a specified class code)
- Begin by selecting from 15,000 pre-made exit tickets aligned to Common Core Standards to help guide your instruction.
This free tool allows teachers to see students feedback and responses in real-time as well as do the grading too!
When: You can use this tool as an exit tool or as a tool to see where your students are in reference to the standard.
There is no blog or social media site to go to for more info, and there’s no built-in support for ELL students or kids with special needs.
Watch the tutorial: