My Musings

A look into the mind of a Tech Integration Specialist

February 2, 2019

      As a learner, I have taken many classes but this is the first

time I've had the opportunity to create a class of my own. There is a lot of behind the scenes work to be done! Many questions have to be answered, resources to be found or created, and assessments to be developed. The very first thing I had to do was to identify the outcomes of the course. What did I want my learners to know...

December 22, 2018

     If you've followed my blog, then you know that I've been working on an Action Research Plan on the effectiveness of a tech coach on technology integration and teachers' perception of technology integration. I started the whole process by creating an outline that I would use to develop my plan. 

     Next, I continued to research the role of a technology coach, the coaching cycle...

December 2, 2018

What is Action Research? It's pretty much an inquiry system of research conducted by people in the educational field that want to learn more about the learning process and how they can improve upon it (Mertler, 2017). Teachers perform an informal form of action research on a daily basis when they reflect on how their lessons went and what they could do to improve them. Formal action research is ma...

November 11, 2018

Now that I have completed my class on global perspectives in regards to innovation and technology integration, I took a look back at my innovation plan and made changes based off lessons learned from others around the world. In the process of creating my new Call To Action video and my Literature Review, I discovered teachers, no matter where they live, are wanting more control over their professi...

October 30, 2018

Jifunzeni is a Swahili word inviting all to learn. Here is my personal Jifunzeni to all of you! Join me in personalized professional learning!


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Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M. E., Gardner, M. (2017). Effecti...

September 16, 2018

      When I first took the position as a technology integration specialist, I knew I would have to facilitate learning sessions with educators; but as a teacher, my only role was to attend and learn. Now, I am helping to plan and run them, a big change of perspective! This past summer I helped with the expo portion of our Know Your Impact conference organized by my district and run...

September 10, 2018

     It's time to switch from old-school, sit-and-get professional development to the ongoing, interactive professional learning. Gulamhussein (2013) states that Professional Learning should have 5 key principals:

  • Extended throughout the year.

  • Ongoing support through all stages of implementation. 

  • Active learning and hands-on application

  • Modeling and coaching...

August 20, 2018

When a person is leading change within their organization there are many things to consider. Why would someone even do want you are asking them to do, What are some key behaviors you want them to change, how will you execute your plan, and what do you do when emotions get high? 

Before you can even begin to make a change within your organization, people need to know the WHY behind your actions. If...

August 20, 2018

One minute your spouse is asking you about dinner plans, and the next you're in an argument about whose turn it is to clean the kitchen. You've just entered into a crucial conversation, especially if you're a teacher working on her master's degree and never have time to clean! 

Crucial conversations are all around you and if you are not self-aware of your hot buttons then you are more likely to en...

August 12, 2018

When life gets going we tend to let the whirlwind of daily tasks get in the way of accomplishing our goals. We get bogged down and discouraged. We had a great plan... but it's the execution of the plan that is hard. 

I have a goal to motivate my teachers to create a technology-rich environment in their classrooms. A place where students are offered a choice in how they demonstrate their learn...

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