Friday, December 14, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 12 -- What is one way you would like to grow as a coach in 2019?

Thanks to @edurolearning
Day 12 -- What is one way you would like to grow as a coach in 2019?

I actually have been thinking about this for some time, I am finally planning on doing the Eduro Learning Microcredential on Coaching. So... I signed up just now and will start taking courses ASAP.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 11 -- Share a photo from your wishlist

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Day 11 -- Share a picture of an item from your educator wishlist + why is this item on your list.

This is going to sound a little pathetic considering that I'm a Director of EdTech and have been a Tech Coach for years, but I'd like to become more mobile. I have been so married to my laptops over the years, but I'd actually like to get a iPad Mini cover with integrated Blue Tooth keyboard. It is probably shocking that I don't own one already, but I don't. Time to get one finally, eh?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 10 -- Give a Shout Out to a Coach Who Helped You Transform Student Learning

Thanks to @edurolearning
Day 10 -- Watch Episode 15 of the Coach. Better. podcast. Give a shout out to a coach who has helped you transform student learning.

Wow! There are so many coaches/mentors that I deserve a shout out. Some people that come to mind are Dana WattsKim CofinoChris Reitan, Dr. Larry Creedon, David Lee, Steve Katz, Ben Summerton, Chris Bernhardi, and Art Schultz. In different ways each of these individuals have help me transform student and teacher learning. I couldn't be the person I am today without the experiences I have shared with these people.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 9 -- What are you excited for?

Day 9 -- Watch Eduro Learning's 5 minute Friday sneak peek on Facebook. What are you excited for? What is 1 tip you have for becoming a better learning coach?

My one big tip is to be patient. Rome didn't get built in a day; you can't coach a teacher in a day; you can't change a culture in a day. That isn't to say you shouldn't try, but realize that you are in a marathon, not a sprint. Don't burn yourself out early; pace yourself. When you feel stress because things don't seem to be moving at the speed you want, stop and breath. Think of where you started as opposed to where you are today. Think about the big picture. Relax. Enjoy yourself. Be patient.

Monday, December 10, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 8: Participate in the #isedcoach chat and give us your big takeaway

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Day 8 -- Participate in the #isedcoach chat. Post a meme or gif of your biggest Building a Coaching Culture takeaway.


Friday, December 7, 2018

#12DaysLearning Day 7 -- Would you rather monitor a standardized test or grade a set of essays

Day 7 -- Would you rather monitor standardized tests or grade a set of essays?
First let me just say, "Eeeewwwww! Who came up with this idea? Yuck!" With that said, I was an English teacher before becoming a coach, so for me the essays are totally fine. In fact, I even enjoy grading essays to a certain degree. Furthermore, anything is better than the mind numbing job of monitoring standardized tests.

You can see my other days here: Day 6, Day 5, Day 4, Day 3, Day 2, Day 1

#12dayslearning Day 6 -- Give a Shout Out to a virtual connection that has become a real life connection

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Day 6 -- Give a Shout Out to a Virtual Connection that has become a Real Life Connection

Geoff Derry (@gderry) -- I've been interacting with the guy on Twitter for years, but finally got to meet him last year at #21CLHK10. I'm really looking forward to seeing him again, because he is just a super cool guy who is doing some great stuff with AR and VR.

#12dayslearning Day 4 -- What is one way you globally connected your classroom or school in 2018?

Day 4 -- What is one way you globally connected your classroom or school in 2018? Bonus: share a picture.

Participating in Twitter chats like #ISEDCoach and #PubPDAsia. Going to events like the Google Summit at Chadwick International SchoolKORCOS at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, Atlas Rubicon Curriculum Summit at Cheongna Dalton School, and #21CLHK11 at the Hong Kong Convention Center.
Most of the #ISEDCoach Chat team

Thursday, December 6, 2018

#12dayslearning Day 3 -- Pencils or Dry Erase Markers

Day 3 -- Would you rather have... Pencils that are always sharp or dry erase markers that always have ink?

This is a tough question, because usually in my classroom the students have the pencils, but I have the dry erase markers. So do I go with what is good for the kids or what is good for me? I'm going to be selfish and pick dry erase markers that always have ink. This works for the students as well because sometimes they do use them as well.

On an interesting side note, once an administrator purchased all the teachers in our school dry erase markers that were not the standard colors of red, blue, black, and green. These things were like gold, because most of the teachers burned through them very quickly, but I didn't allow my students to ever touch the other markers and it became a thing with them. They would literally beg to use the other markers when they were going to do something on the white board.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#12dayslearning Day 5 -- Participate in the #coachbetter slow chat

Thanks to @Edurolearning
Day 5 -- Watch/license to Episode 14 of the Coach.Better.Podcast, then participate in the #coachbetter slow chat. How do you connect w/counselors?

Currently we are without a college counselor for foreign schools, so our Korean college counselor is really struggling to meet with needs of all of our students. One thing I want to share with him (and our foreign counselor next fall) are VR campus tours. Many universities have VR tour of their campuses now and it would be great for the students to take advantage of that tool to get an idea of what the campus looks like and what facilities that are available.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

#12dayslearning Day 2: Give a shout out an educator who is transforming student learning

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Day 2 -- Give a shout out to an educator who is transforming student learning

Just one? That is going to be tough, because I'm coming off the Google Summit at Chadwick International School where I met some great educators. So this will be a list of people doing great things and you better start following if you aren't already.
  1. Mr. Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) -- Craig is just a super nice guy, but he also knows a ton about technology integration and how to move it forward in a school. His keynote presentation on The Changing Face of Education: Connecting, Engaging & Empowering was very inspiring and a great way to launch the event.
  2. Mr. Rob McElroy (@EdTechMac) -- Once again bedazzled me with the possibilities of VR in the classroom with his presentation Take a Trip With Google Expeditions and Google Tour Creator. It can us a chance to play with Google Tour Creator which is simply a great way to build some cool explorative journeys with your students.
  3. Mr. Sethi De Clercq (@sdcthailand) -- I met Sethi for the first time during this Google Summit and I was immediately impressed with his knowledge and skill. In his Youtube ins and outs session he taught me some super sick things with analytics in Youtube that were beyond my imagination.

#12dayslearning Day 1 What is one action you took in 2018 that was inspired by new learning?

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I saw my friends at Eduro Learning were getting this 12 Days of Learning challenge going this December and I wanted to join in as well as spread the word to others.

The first question is what is on action you took in 2018 that was inspired by new learning? What impact did it have on student learning?

Great question! 2018 saw the development of several new actions for me professionally. I managed to get a classroom set of Google Cardboards (20 with a router for them) and started playing with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the classroom. The trick here is that I don't have may own classroom, so I need to convince other teachers of the value of something. This was pretty easily done. I offered a week's worth of PD session in The Zone to give teachers a demo of what AR & VR could do. The response from teachers was quite good; everyone was really impressed with the power of the experience, but it really only translated into one teacher really adopting in her teaching. But for now, I will call that a small but important victory, because Karissa Van Liew really was willing to try something very new and different in her music lessons.

Karissa took her G5 students to New Orleans with our Google Cardboards. The students were studying a unit on Jazz music, so Karissa took them to New Orleans to tour the hometown of Jazz music. The students love it! They did all the things we all do the first time we see VR -- loads of ahhh's and ohhh's as they attempted to walk around in the new environment. They talked to each other about what they were seeing and how the buildings and city looked compared to Cheongna and in general -- just had a great time.

So what impact did it have on student learning? Early results are limited, but the students did enjoy the experience and kept asking me when they would do it again every time they saw me in the hallway. I say that is a positive response. I got one teacher to buy in to the idea, so based on her experiences my hope is to get the Social Studies and Science teachers to try out some lessons utilizing the Cardboards in the coming spring semester.