Skype in the Classroom

I’m super excited about this week because my MakerSpace has an exhibit at the Orlando MakerFaire this coming weekend.  Here’s our Maker page: http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/maker/benito-makerspace/.  I was also accepted as a presenter at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando.  My session will be called “Zero to MakerFaire: A Year in the Life of a MakerSpace”…

Getting my thoughts out…

I need to get my thoughts out… This summer has been a weird summer for me.  I had the chance to go to Chicago with my sister and husband before school was out and then I went to Philly for ISTE at the end of June.  Both trips were amazing.  The remainder of my summer,…

#ISTE2015 Take-aways

My key take-aways from the #ISTE2015 conference were Student Voice, Connections and Effective Technology Leadership.  I have been going through my notes from the conference and would like to make the most of my experience. Student Voice Josh Stumpenhorst, the ending keynote speaker, said that “STUDENTS are the only reason we should be doing anything…

#ISTE2015 Conference Day 3

Wednesday, July 1 I knew my last day at ISTE would be amazing because of the ISTELib breakfast and the closing keynote, but I was inspired so much by both of these events that I left with a definite “learning hangover” as Josh Stumpenhorst put it in his keynote.  Below are my notes on my…

#ISTE2015 Conference Day 2

Tuesday, June 30 After an amazing first day, I was excited to begin my second day at ISTE.   I learned about leadership, collaborating on a global level, learned about some websites I hadn’t thought about in awhile, girls in STEM fields and how MakerSpaces can help and met more amazing people.   Get Your…

#ISTE2015 Conference Day 1

  Monday, June 30 I was so excited about my first day at ISTE and it proved to be an amazing day.  I learned so much about what is going on in libraries around the country, studies going on related to digital media, ways to enhance my presentations and met some really awesome people that…

HackEd Unconference (ISTE 2015)

Today, I attended the HackEd Unconference, a precursor to the ISTE conference.  As a #NOTATISTE14 follower last year, I had heard that this was a big event and that many thought they learned the most important things that day so I wanted to be sure and go.  I’m glad I did.  I learned a lot…

EdCamp MAGIC

As I have become more involved this year with my own professional development via social media, I have heard a lot of people speaking about edcamps.  When I saw the tweets about edCamp Magic, I thought I would sign up and see what all the talk was about.  I’m really glad I went. Being Orlando…

School MakerFaire Journey

Now that my first school MakerFaire experience is complete and I have had a week to decompress, I think I am ready to share my experiences and start getting more ideas.  WOW!  That is what comes to mind first.  It was amazing.  Watch our video below to find out. Our kids were so excited.  We…

Advice

Today’s Aprilblogaday topic is to think about what advice I would give to my former self when I began teaching.  It is so funny to think back on that time in my life.  I taught with some people that are still near and dear to my heart.  One is now my sister-in-law. Notes to my…

Awe-Inspiring

Today’s topic for Aprilblogaday is how I was awed or created awe for my students.  This year, I have been awed by the Maker community.  I began my Maker journey last summer on Twitter by following the #makered tag and especially by following the ISTE conference.  I decided that I needed to begin a Makerspace…

Missed a day for Aprilblogaday

Yesterday, was kind of a rough day for me.  It started off with taking my boxer, Pockets, to the vet to have a spot on her leg checked.  She has had two cancerous spots removed in the past year and she has to have this spot removed on Monday.  Hopefully, this one will not be cancerous….