|Because over the last few days, I have drunk any coffee in sight!|
Dean's Interviews: One of my goals for 2017 was to secure a position as a school administrator. Over the past month, I have done my research and applied for a handful of positions in my district. Total, I have applied for seven middle/high school dean positions, and one elementary assistant principal position. I have received a callback and interview on five of those positions. Last week, I interviewed for two of the dean's positions, with a third school's interview today (as of this writing on 1/25). I have been notified that I am a finalist for the two positions in which I interviewed for last week. This means that I have a second interview at one school tomorrow and another at the second school on Monday, 1/30. The preparation and interviewing process can be very stressful and time-consuming, but I am confident in my abilities.
Las Vegas Conference featuring Apple Teacher: I had the opportunity to attend and present at the inaugural EdTechTeam Apple Teacher Conference this past weekend. Heather Dowd was the opening keynote, focusing on teaching and learning as a "choose your own adventure" style book. I presented a session on Adobe Spark at the event and learned a great deal on Keynote, Garage Band, and iMovie during other sessions. I must give Mark Hammons and Snehal Bhakta a ton of credit for putting on a great conference and I look forward to the Apple Teacher conference making its return to Las Vegas and/or attending at another location.
|Happy folk enjoying my session on Adobe Spark!|
|Got to meet Kelly Baker and Lauren Goodner, two #TOSAchat peeps!|
|Love this quote!|
Pear Deck Training: Earlier in the fall, I purchased a site license of Pear Deck for my staff. Working with my sales rep, I helped other schools in my district to purchase a license as well. My sales rep, Nick Park, is going to be hosting a training for district employees on Thursday and Friday of this week. While I am not required to be there, I plan on attending at least one of the sessions to learn some tricks with Pear Deck that I may not know of and to meet my rep that helped get my school and so many others a great deal on a great program.
Las Vegas Summit featuring Google: This coming weekend, the EdTechTeam will be back with their annual Google Summit. I have attended the summit each of the last three years, and presented at a couple of them, in addition to presenting at other events that EdTechTeam has hosted. I will be presenting two sessions at this event, one on screenshots and screencasts, and another roundtable discussion on integrating tech newbies and tech resisters into the mold of innovative digital teaching and learning. On top of presenting, I will be attending various sessions throughout the two-day event.
However, on a more serious front, I did receive word that my Google Certified Trainer application was rejected. Since it is a rolling application now, I can reapply after I look at my materials and revamp some things. Google did not inform me of why my application was rejected, but I know I can improve my application and get in next time.
I also got a devastating phone call from my best friend, John VanDusen, last Saturday, informing me that his mother passed away unexpectedly. Throughout my college years and beyond, John's parents were like a second set of parents to me. It hasn't quite set in, most likely because I live 2000 miles away.
After the dust settles on these couple of weeks, I will hopefully be able to get back to a more stable writing schedule and share out some of the great things I have discovered and rediscovered in the past few days and weeks. Until next time...