‘Tis the season to present…. fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa-la-la-la-la
I really do believe that to blog is to share and to learn. I love being able to present, blog, share and learn/teach.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell offered me the opportunity to present at this year’s 4th annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON), I was awe-struck when I received her invite because I have followed her for so long and I was giddy to realize that she thought enough about what I do to deem me a valuable educational resource. I will be sharing the importance and ease of creating ePortfolios using Weebly.com. I found this tweet from July, 2010 in which I shared the schedule for that year’s conference.
How cool is that? 3 years later and I will be one of the presenters who will (hopefully) inspire someone to share the conference so that others can benefit from these amazing resources. Whoo Hoo!!!! I am feeling just a little awesome and geeked out but lovvvvving it!!!
I am currently scheduled to present at the Louisiana Council of Teachers of English Convention.
Conference dates: Friday, November 1, 2013
Conference location: Northwestern State University Friedman Student Union, Natchitoches
I will be demonstrating ways to increase the engagement level of students as they connect with text in their classes. My presentation will focus on the need to provide students with opportunities to think and discuss ideas and themes within and beyond the text.
How? By creating assignments that require students to answer pre-reading questions, read (and re-read, if lucky) text while taking notes/annotating, share their notes and questions during shared inquiry discussions and post-discussion writing.
My proposals for presenting at the Texas Computer Using Educators Association’s Convention. I will be presenting at the TCEA 2014 Convention & Exposition, February 3-7, 2014, in Austin, Texas. I will be sharing ways to connect through
PLNs and ways to engage students using technology in the classroom. I have presented both of these sessions in the past but I feel that they are topics that must be shared and re-shared regularly because they are so important.
Session Title: Are You Online and Connected?
When: 05/Feb/2014, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where: Room 5C
Session Title: 30 students + Computers = Engagement
When: 06/Feb/2014, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Room 8A
Closer to home, I have submitted a proposal for LACUE. I hope to be accepted. I want to share with other Louisiana Educators ways to integrate technology into their lessons. Session: Tech + CCSS = Engaging Lessons
Description: What does it look like when you integrate technology into your Common Core classroom?
~Google Docs to activate background knowledge.
~Piclits to identify tone.
~Wikis to examine author’s style.
~Blogs to analyze and reflect upon text.
~Padlet to post questions about nonfiction.
‘Tis the month to connect…. fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa-la-la-la-la
Presenting is my way of connecting with the world and sharing what I do with others. It has always been important to me to show teachers and students what can be done in the classroom if you are willing to try out new tools and open the doors and windows of the classroom. Some of what we do is ‘good’ and some of what we do is merely ‘mediocre.’ Either way,
I hope to inspire and encourage.