Why Another Site?

Why Another Site?

Those in my PLN know I have authored several websites over the years. I have a poor track record of maintenance and this one is likely to follow the same path but I’m giving it a go regardless. While it lives it will serve as an online home base for an assortment of items.

I have a very active presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and will highlight the favorites I share there on this website as well. As opposed to past blogs I’ve launched, my goal is to not share a resource unless I actually provide additional commentary which could range from information about how I personally use the resource, how some of my teachers or friends use it, or even just some ideas I might have for utilizing the tool.

I am currently pursuing my EdD at The University of Memphis, focusing on Instructional Design and Technology, so expect posts related to that along with items related to the topic of my dissertation.

As the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Lakeland School School System (Lakeland, TN) I am gaining much new experience and will share that here for those who may benefit from my mistakes and successes. We currently have one school in the new municipal school district, Lakeland Elementary, but are in the very early stages of planning a middle/high school, Lakeland Prep. I have learned so much this year about all things related to elementary education and will use this blog to reflect and share on those experiences. We have chosen to go Google Apps for Education in our new district so you will get some GAFE reflections as well.

Speaking of Googley stuff, I recently returned from the Google Teacher Academy (Austin, TX) and may finally have a minute to share some reflections and experiences related to #GTAATX and that is REALLY how this blog idea came into being. The last several year as I have moved from novice Google Apps user into Google Educator, Google Education Trainer, and now Google Certified Teacher and GAFE Administrator of our district domain, I have learned so much. I am usually crazy busy and have used that as an excuse to not reflect on the experience. After #GTAATX I know that is not acceptable. I will always have more to learn but I have learned so much from so many great people, it is my responsibility to share what I know and so I shall.

For those who followed previous blogs I authored, expect to see some of those resources revisited here, with updates. Those items will serve as kindling for this new bonfire I am setting alight. If you do take a spark and spread the light of eduGoodness, please let me know. I would love to have other authors on this site sharing similar content especially anything that was given fuel from a post of mine.

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