Promoting Connected Educator Month for my Teachers #ce13

 First, I posted this to my staff memo......
October is "Connected Educator" Month!So what does that mean? We live in a very "connected" world. Our students and our own children will connect with people from all over the world sooner than later. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are just a few ways educators and students are connecting. We are better when we connect. We gain ideas and perspectives we would never have if we were not connected.

How do you connect? Even if not online we connect every day. In the morning in the office and workroom. At lunch. During planning time. After school in the "inner circle." We connect at district meetings. Imagine multiplying those connections online and the resources you gain for your learning. The ideas and information you guys share with me make me a better principal. You do great things and I encourage you to share with the world. I challenge to make you a new connection this month.
 Then created these bulletin board displays(just for fun):
Just a fun display for SBG information.

Principal's Brag Board - student work will be posted here.

Next created this masterpiece: (Okay, so maybe not a masterpiece to everyone but I was pretty impressed with my creative energy on this day:))

#Edchat schedule for one week posted in workroom.
The poster on the right has an article by Tom Whitby explaining #Edchats and a link to my iPhone tutorial to follow #Educoach. Both can be accessed by QR codes while teachers are in the workroom. Hopefully during lunch time and they can talk about it. I embedded the following tweet so they can click on @cybraryman1 's list of education chats:)


Followed by an iPhone screencast tutorial on how to participate in a chat........

Tools for Flipped Faculty Meetings

Ask and you shall receive! Not really sure there is anything new or different here than many others have shared. After my "Lessons Learned" post there have been some requests to share what equipment/software I use when creating online content for faculty meetings.

My iPhone5! I think my first "flipped PD" was how to use the new phones a couple years ago. Pretty much recorded myself using the phone in my office with my iPhone. Ah you laugh I am sure but it worked at the time.:)

Camtastia: This is pretty expensive and I list a cheaper and/or free version after this. The thing I like the most about this software is the ability to add annotations to videos. Sometimes I don't have time for that and the video just has to speak for itself.

Screencast-o-matic: This can be used online or downloaded and used like software. I have only used this twice.

Google Presentation: This year I created a Google presentation and then tried to record presenting using Screencast-o-matic and it was quite cumber-sum. Pretty sure I will just do a Keynote and record it next time. Then upload to YouTube.

Snowball Mic: LOVE THIS! Have used this since recording the Practical Principals podcast. There may be others but if what I have is working then I will stick with it for a while.

My teachers are "okay" with flipped learning as long as it's in small doses and they can watch/complete it in a short time. I don't "do" flipped PD or flipped faculty meetings all the time. In fact I have only recorded one screencast for them since the beginning of the year. Just because it's a video or screencast doesn't mean I categorize it "flipped." Sometimes you gotta know what you gotta know regardless of the delivery.

Looking Back on the Beginning #SAVMP

If I could turn back time.....I wouldn't change a thing from the beginning of the school year. After getting a few weeks under my belt I can look back on the beginning of the year with a different perspective. We have a lot going on but the beginning of our year was pretty successful. Below are some pictures of some activities we started the year with...........

Started meetings with this activity

  
Evaluated our intervention time using this activity
One of 5 charts    


We went back to an Open House format this year instead of "Parent Info" nights. I didn't realize how many of my staff had not been to or hosted an Open House. So we brain-stormed some ideas. This was one of 5 posters.
It's a little bit hard to see in this picture but we rearranged our training room for BYOD faculty meetings. There are tables that line the walls of the whole room. We wanted to be able to see their screen so we could help them with the new assessment software. So far the set up has worked.
The Skinny Improv was absolutely THE BEST event we have ever hosted for the beginning of the year! I co-hosted this event with two other principals and their staff. We hired the Skinny Improve for an hour at a downtown restaurant and laughed so hard we cried. The teachers loved it and needed the release. I highly recommend this. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously.
Treats on desks are a must!

Treats for our Dr. Seuss theme.
*Disclaimer - Taking @edrethink 's idea and not proofreading or I will never post again.