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As my class comes to a close we were tasked with doing something all good educators ask from their students... reflect. What made the biggest impression on you? What will you take with you? How will what you have learned impact your life? For me it was professional development. It has been difficult trying to create a lasting Blog that will not only help develop a story about my own experiences, but add to those who wish to follow. Starting my Professional Learning Network has been exciting. I look forward to continuing on this journey and helping others become a member of the greatest collection of resources available... our fellow educators. Here's my PowToon I created to reflect on my impactful class with Lyn Hilt from Cabrini University.


Role Models - Ideas on Becoming “Internet Awesome”

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Role Models. We all have them. Maybe it’s your parents. Maybe it’s a singer or athlete. Maybe it’s your teacher. Whoever it is, you look up to them for one reason or another. Most likely it’s because they have done something you aspire to do yourself. However, for our youngest generations these aspirations will change and with it, possibly their role models. So how can these role models evolve to fit the growing aspirations of the children growing up in a technology heavy world? It’s a question teachers, as role models, continue to ponder.
But is the teacher the only role model? To a student possibly, but who do the teachers lean on when change is needed? Who can they rely to help them become digital leaders for their students when they are swamped with curriculum changes, differentiating the needs of every child and various activities and meetings? Administrators need to be role models to demonstrate the evolution of pedagogy through digi…

Change - Technology Integration Frameworks

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Change. When educational reform happens, teachers give up a great deal. Comfort. Time. Energy. These attributes contribute in the resistance to change. Yet when we remember why we entered this profession it's salient to move forward with the notion of what our students can gain from the change.

So, I'll leave it to some students to explain how the first framework (SAMR) is helping teachers grasp the changing educational world.


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What Frameworks can Administrators Implement? The SAMR framework is an excellent concept to help educators understand how integrating technology into their pedagogy can be done. It helps teachers dive into the pool slowly and begin to try out new ways to transform learning.

However, the TPACK frameworks (pictured below) may be more valuable for teachers who feel frustrated, incompetent and behind when it comes to technology. It reminds teachers there is more to the craft than just the newest tools. Pedagogy and content make up ⅔ of the …

Believe - My Educational Brand

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This post has two parts. I’ve been on the lookout for what makes a good blog over the past 2 weeks. My colleagues taking a graduate course with me have been an excellent example (blogs listed in the reference). Others are mentioned below. First I’ll discuss features I’ve noticed in others blogs that I want to incorporate moving forward and how they can impact a school’s story. The second part is about me and how I’m partnering my ideology and relevant technology to “promote my brand”. I know, it sounds egocentric right? It’s anything but.

Part I: The Takeaways

The more I see others Professional Learning Networks (PLN) the more daunting the task seems to grow one. I hope one day I can look back at this beginning and realize how far I have come. One article that attracted me to Tom Murray’s website was on PLNs. I was drawn to the vast ways in which Tom is connected socially. It is evident across his site. Embedding these resources throughout in unique and visual ways helps the viewer to …

Share - Practice What You Preach

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Like Laurie Binder (a grad school colleague of mine working on her Blog startup), I saw some excellent Blogs. The more I started to read, research and play around on different sites, the more I felt comfortable with organize my own page. Finally, I've discovered how to embed video and photos to spruce up the posts. Hopefully as you follow me you'll notice continued improvement on the aesthetics, content and resources.
Morality. Ethics. These concepts tend to evolve around opinions more than facts. They are established from personal backgrounds and evolved with life experiences. Dean Shareski’s video on the morality of sharing below is the focus for my discussion as it pertains to education.



Should I Share? Yes. I agree with Dean’s sentiments that as educators it is our moral obligation to share. I believe this because we teach our youth the benefits of sharing at a young age. We ask them to share their toys, share their feelings, share their accomplishments. It is imperative to…

Start - Visionary Leadership

Manheim Township (MT) is on an excellent path towards integrating technology to enhance and change the way teachers instruct their students. This past year MT implemented a 1 to 1 framework and deemed 2017-18 “year 0”. As they rolled the iPads out during the year, the district asked teachers to utilize, create and share ideas to become comfortable using the technology. Teachers are working with Google, Apple, iPads, Apple TVs and projectors to collaborate, create and communicate. As the district heads towards “year 1”, teachers are looking to administration to set the example and tone of the importance of implementing technology into the classroom.

Therefore, principals are just beginning to utilize the ISTE standards for administrators to meet the district’s expectations. I have already begun to notice positive changes in the standard of “Visionary Leadership” from administrators in MT. Leaders are taking the onus upon themselves to develop and implement technology throughout their …

Me

My name is Taylor Good. I am a 3rd grade teacher Manheim Township School District and have been teaching for 8 years. I have taught 5th grade, have degrees in K-6 education, middle school math, M. Ed. in Educational Technology, am a tech integrator for my district, wrote the grant for our elementary STEM programs and coach soccer at the JV level. I love getting involved in the extra curricular activities teaching offers by running talent shows and project fairs, participating in community events and going to the students after school activities. I enjoy teaching all aspects of life not just the curriculum. I have attached the my Autoethnography project from a prior grad class if you would like to learn a little about my past, what shaped me and my beliefs through teaching and forward to the path of administration.

I am pursuing administration and supervision in education for numerous reasons. It is an opportunity to reach more students than just those in my classroom/grade that I don’t…