Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thing 4 - Photo Sharing

I really think the idea of photo sharing is awesome. This is one area that I have not really looked into a lot. My family and I love photos! My wife is huge into scrapbooking and we love to share our photos with family and friends. The online sharing seems to be a safe and easy way to do this. I will certainly make some time to PLAY in this area in the near future.

As I think about how I could use photo sharing in my learning and position here at work ... I am really thinking about developing a school blog. We do have a website and that is certainly a place that I can share photos with our students and families who attend our school. But I am thinking it would be really cool to develop a school blog for our students and families to follow. I could then have a link to our school photos that the staff can post. What a cool way to show Grandma and Grandpa an art project, or special event happening in class. Certainly something to think about. No last names of course!!! :o)

7.5 Habits

I guess the hardest habit for me is PLAY. It is the hardest simply because of the time factor. I have a hard time making time for PLAY. Having said that I am a firm believer that PLAY is critical to learning. When I was teaching I always built in time for my students to PLAY whenever I shared a new learning tool or equipment with them. As a principal I find I should do the same thing with my staff. I share all types of new strategies, tools, etc. ... but then never give them enough time to just PLAY with them. I will try to build in time for both myself and my staff to PLAY!

I think the easiest habit for me is USING TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. I really enjoy technology and love when new tools can help make my job easier, a presentation better, or get a point across more effectively. In this day and age there are so many "cool" tools out there for us to use that do not only make our jobs and lives easier... but also really enhance our productivity and the ways we communicate ideas and/or visions.

Monday, November 9, 2009

23 Things – The First Thing

Over the next few weeks I am looking forward to learning about a variety of ways the teachers in my building and I can begin to improve the use of technology with our students. I can't wait to learn the 23 Things!