ISTE Standards for Educators: The Learner

ISTE Standards for Educators: The Learner

The International Society for Technology in Education has published the ISTE Standards for Educators. These standards help establish what we hope every educator will meet as we strive to grow in our profession. In the coming weeks I will share each standard in a podcast episode and a few tips on how to address those standards. The first standard is Learner.

Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

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School Safety Should Not Be on My List

School Safety Should Not Be on My List

I’ve been in education for 22+ years now and since my days of student teaching I have been integrating technology into my every day life as an educator.  During my student teaching I remember facilitating the making of a HyperStudio stack with 3rd grade students on a Texas history project.  Little did I know at that time years later I would be serving as the Director of Instructional Technology.  

Through the years I have leveraged technology to help in many areas of my job and have provided countless hours of professional development for staff.  Though I’ve helped many people with programs that make them more productive and efficient in their jobs, my hope has always been to focus more on instructional software that will help students be successful academically.

This past year that changed dramatically for me personally.  I was commissioned to lead my district in implementing a new safety management and communication app called CrisisGo. The app is fantastic for organizing all your safety management resources such as checklists, maps, tips, and bully reports.  The most important features it offers is the ability to quickly alert staff during any emergencies such as fires, active shooter, or tornadoes.  The app works on multiple devices and provides a means to quickly communicate during various events.

Implementing the use of this app has once again challenged me to provide training to ALL of our district staff including bus drivers, custodians, teachers, administrators, etc.  Most of my professional development is typically for teachers so this was interesting and challenging to see how different groups responded.  Thankfully after a few weeks of training and various drills I feel most of our staff is prepared to use the app when needed.

Normally I would be thrilled with the opportunity to provide professional learning experiences for every single staff member.  However, this is one of those times that I’m heartbroken and hope we never have to us the app.  Sure, I see the value in this app and feel it’s an excellent tool produced by a great company but it’s a shame that our society needs this tool.

I pray that our schools can be safe places for students to learn and we spend less time having to prepare for the worst.  I’m happy to provide our staff training and support on this app to keep our students safe but lets spend more time raising kids to love one another and make sure they are provided services to deal with the pressures of life that lead to such violence.

What are your thoughts on school safety?  Share them in the comments.

Introducing New Team Drive Roles and Names

Introducing New Team Drive Roles and Names

Are you ready to improve the way you use Google Team Drives or are you finally ready to make the switch from shared folders to Team Drives?  Now is a great time to make the switch if you haven’t already.  In the coming weeks you will have the most up-to-date roles available.

A new Content Manager role has been created which allows a user to edit, reorganize, and delete Team Drive content both in the web interface and in the Drive File Stream on a local computer, but you won’t be able to modify membership or settings.  This will be the default setting for any new users that are added.

Let me know what you think about the changes in the comments below.