Showing posts from 2018

What I Learned From Traveling Internationally With Students

In June, I spent twelve days traveling across western Europe with a group of students. We started in Barcelona, Spain and slowly made our way north, ending in London, United Kingdom and it was a whirlwind of exhaustion, excitement, stress, blisters. Like any great travel adventure, I gained a new perspective on the world and a better understanding of new culture, but most of all I understood the benefit of traveling with your students.

During those twelve days, I got to witness a whole new side to my students. I was used to seeing them in my classroom or in the hallways at school surrounded by their peers, but on the trip I got to see them away from their friends in a new environment, experiencing a foreign culture. Within the first 24 hours, one student had a meltdown because the Coke in Spain did not taste the same as the Coke in the United States; it was mostly the jet lag talking, but it became a running joke and we made him try Coke in every country, just to be sure. There was ano…

Blogging as a Master's Student

I'm in the final stages of my Master's program at Boise State University and my personal blog has definitely slowed down as a result. Even though this blog has been really quiet, I have been updating my edtech blog for my degree quite regularly.

Its seems silly to double post things that I have published on one blog to another so I figured I would just share the link.

Each class has had varying levels of blog integration and I've linked them below:

Edtech 501: Intro to Edtech
Edtech 502: Educational Website
Edtech 503: Instructional Design
Edtech 504: Theoretical Foundation of Edtech
Edtech 505: Evaluation Educational Technologists
Edtech 532: Technology Integration  (still being updated)
Edtech 533: Youtube in the Classroom
Edtech 537: Blogging in the Classroom (that was actually done on this blog!)
Edtech 541: Educational Games and Simulations (still being updated)
Edtech 542: Project-Based Learning

Brushing Off the Cobwebs

That has been my school year so far. 
No, it hasn't been anything bad. But there is so much to do: New responsibilities at work. Finishing my Master's Degree. Moving. Trying to be more 'present' at home. Teaching. Grading. Lesson Planning. Taking care of my fur-babies. I could go on and on, just like anyone. 
Unfortunately, I have been neglecting my online #PLN. Ironically when I published my last post on August 11th, I was incredibly optimistic about my blogging plans for the future and I totally failed at it. So much so, that 'Blogger' didn't even show up in my suggested websites when I got on today. My twitter is pretty much in the same state. 
I'm so frustrated at myself. 
I know that I am not the only one to to fall off the grid when things get crazy. 
So this is me brushing off the cobwebs and making a conscience effort to be more engaged online with my #PLN. 
What do you do to tell balance your online and offline life? Any tips or ideas …