Thursday, April 16, 2015

Learning Together at MACUL: If You're Appy and You Know It!

As technology integration specialists, Paul Murray and I love to watch teachers learn, grow and spread their wings in regards to using technology in the classroom.  Kristen Gavlas and Johnna Kline, first grade teachers at Angling Road Elementary, are two teachers who inspire us everyday with their enthusiasm and willingness to take on new adventures and challenges.  They have been our guinea pigs for our Android Tablet pilot and helped us evaluate the merits of touchscreen chromebooks for the younger students.  We have tagged them in the past to present at our PPS Tech Camp and this year we pushed them to bring their enthusiastic presentation to MACUL.  They didn't disappoint.  I feel blessed to have sat in the audience and watched the magic they bring to a room.  Here is Kristen's MACUL reflection:

A terrifying and exhilarating experience all wrapped up into one.  As a first time presenters, I was terrified!  We, Johnna Kline and myself, practiced and practiced.  We had so much support from our District team and from our own Angling Road School staff.   It was my first time to "tweet" and the first time that I was tweeted about, even though I have been on Twitter for a while now. So I want to thank all of you who supported us as we prepared and presented.  What I learned was: baby steps.  Try something new. Everything won't go perfectly but it's the journey that counts.  Oh and be sure to take along a best friend.  It makes the journey so much more enjoyable and fun!
The brave presenters getting ready to present
in their HUGE room at MACUL 2015.
To view their amazing presentation, click here: http://bit.ly/ifyoureappy

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