Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Wordle: edTechDesign


The existential post…why am I here?

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a Blogging 101 course…it dawned on me yesterday that I had not received anything and knew it would be starting soon. Well, it had started…a few days ago. Ugh! Nothing worse for a lifelong learner like myself than being “late to class”. I blame my spam filter. haha.

Anyway, today I am to write about who I am and why I am here. I have written some about this in my first few posts, but here is a new summary. Questions I hope to answer include:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I am writing publicly to share my knowledge on Education and Technology and to collaborate and share with others interested in the same topics. Keeping a personal journal is not something I have ever really been interested in…not that there is anything wrong with that, however. For me, it just does not seem to help to only write things down…I would rather write and then here what others have to say-another lifelong learner trait…always more to know.

I will write about the obvious-Education and Technology, but am not opposed to writing about other topics or “taking requests”. Within Education and Technology, I plan to write about instructional design, software, hardware, gamification, tablets/mobile devices, MDM, community education, iOS development, apps in Education, minecraft in education, programming (coding for kids and what I am working on), eLearning, higher education, and probably get into some educational theory along the way.

I would love to connect with others interested in similar topics above. I work in an elementary school, but have spent most of my adult life in college courses-so people from both areas would be interesting. Not to be too general here, but really anyone with expertise or interest in these topics are welcome! No trolls tho, please. 😉

If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I hope to have written some interesting, fun, and insightful posts that are of interest to others. I also hope to have grown my network of educated professionals and have a good follower base. At this point, I am not certain what I a realistic number for a year would be, but to grow at any rate is good for now. I also hope to maintain a consistency in what I write about and always give readers something to think about and a reason to spend their time here.

Adobe Train the Trainer Reflection

Week 8, and the final week, of the Adobe Trainer the Trainer course ended last week. The unexpected benefits that I wrote about when I started, continue. These benefits did not come without effort, nor are they overstated. This is fact, and I am proud of the work and effort that I (and the Adobe Education Exchange community) put into it.

I await final approval of my work in class and final project, but feel confident that my learning plan for teaching iOS apps from Adobe meets the requirements set by the course. Although an “expected” benefit, I am happy to have that plan in my arsenal if ever the opportunity to present it ever arises. 

I met a lot of great people and was involved in a vibrant community of educators and others invested in learning more about Adobe and designing/facilitating training on their products. I followed many of these people on Twitter as a result, and look forward to networking with them in the future and sharing educational tools.  From the course and many of those individuals, I now have a strong, organized toolbox on which to build my knowledge of Adobe products and training in general. I have started to add many of these resources and tips to this blog in posts and links.

Towards the end of the course, I was invited to be an Adobe Campus Leader (ACL). I had heard about the opportunity this past spring and was interested in learning more. The ACL is a great opportunity and I truly look forward to learning more about the Adobe products and sharing my experience and knowledge with others. What an exciting, and definitely unexpected benefit! Now, I want to be clear…although I am a part of this program, and receive all the related benefits I am not becoming a one-act blog on one topic. I fully recommended and support the ACL program and utilization of Adobe products as being a part of one’s own “toolbox”. I have used Adobe products for years, some more than others, for media applications and web design. I look forward to discussions here on ideas, tips, and best practices on this and other topics in Ed Tech and Design.


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