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TweetMeet: @OneNoteEDU #OneNoteQ on April 4th

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What's a tweetmeet? An opportunity to have a panel of folks share their insights into a series of topics. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to participate in a tweetmeet organized by Marjolein Hoekstra (@onenoteC). Wow, what an awesome opportunity to connect with other educators serving as hosts, as well as the international community!


Topic: Embedding Content in !
I love the work Marjolein has done in organizing the TweetMeet, putting everything in a OneNote Notebook so everyone can collaborate on it. And, we also put together a Microsoft Sway featuring audio to capture the excitement! I had a bit of fun recording my audio...no doubt, the link to the Sway will appear in the days to come!

For now, here's a teaser.... Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Make eLearning Possible

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As any teacher knows, truly engaging learning is social. Whether we share what we have learned with others or we undertake the learning journey together, little true learning occurs in isolation. Online learning environments that fail to create a social learning space will therefore fail. As educators, we have to be careful to avoid trying to engage students in online learning environments with face-to-face approaches as.the effects of F2F engagement methods may be different than what we expect. Here are some tips that may be helpful to you in facilitating online social learning.  Tip #1 – Address the logistics of the course. Logistics can include how often students should login and participate in the course, assessment rubrics, etc. Take a moment to plan out your course, including elements like the ones found below: Craft a syllabus.Develop an assignment checklist.Streamline organization of the course by chunking or “modularizing” content. This makes it easy for learners to break off …

Narrated Images with Microsoft Sway

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Ever created a podcast before? Now you can do so easily with Microsoft Sway.

You may not be aware of it, but Microsoft added some new features to the web version of MS Sway that make it ideal for audio-narrated images, also known as enhanced podcasts. Of course, Sway enables you to add tons of great content (e.g. Twitter streams, video, embedded content) aside from images and audio. This blog entry focuses on audio and images.
Read the Rest Online at TCEA TechNotes blog.
It's getting great reviews:

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Why We Fail to Help Students @j_bimmerle

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Earlier this year, I explored Professional Learning and Development research, suggesting a Professional Development Planner that could help others plan adult learning opportunities. When colleague John Bimmerle sent me this article, Why Good Professional Development Still Fails, I read it with avid interest.

The conclusion? Research showed that professional development, even when it followed the 7 principles of effective PD, did NOT impact student achievement.



Here are those research-supported principles:

Be an ongoing experience for educators that provide extended learning opportunities help them master new skills and instructional methods. These have a better chance at positively impacting student learning. (Gulamhussein; Darling-Hammond et al.)Be job embedded as much as possible so that what is learned can be applied in the classroom. (DeMonte; Darling-Hammond et al.)Provide support for teachers during the implementation stage of using a new instructional method in the classroom.  (…

Surviving Crazy "Leaders"

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“Miguel,” a dear friend and colleague asked me, “Have you read the new superintendent’s book?” At my blank stare and smile, she pointed to the Simon Sinek book in her hand entitled, Leaders Eat Last. I felt my hackles rise as my instinctive dislike of mis-applied lessons from other fields made my gorge rise.

All it takes is all you got, Marine!” I said in a deeper voice, referencing the military story Sinek uses to start the book. Nearby colleagues gave us quick smiles. “Isn’t that the book that is about building a circle of trust, like in Meet the Parents?” As a technology director, your success often depends on how well you interact with the all-powerful person in the superintendent’s office. These seven tips will help you construct the elements of a positive conversation. Yet, ultimately, these tips alone will not be enough. You will need one final tip that takes a lifetime to develop, and you may not be up to it. Still, you must resolve to obtain it if you wish to remain a techn…

Calling All San Antonio, Austin Area @Adobe Learners!

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Looking for hands-on learning on important Adobe products? Maybe you need some tips and tricks to streamline your workflow? Developing new workflows by learning through trial and error can take time you may not be able to spend. Instead, accelerate your Adobe learning and join TCEA members at the 2017 Adobe Academy! You will learn how to learn more, tweak your workflows for Adobe products, and get fresh ideas for teaching Adobe products to your students. Finally, you will build relationships with other educators who use Adobe. TCEA’s 2017 Adobe Academy will help you resolve a variety of issues. This two-day academy is designed specifically for those in the K-16 education arena who seek a better grasp of how Adobe tools can enhance their work. The Adobe Academy will take place June 20-21, 2017 at the  TCEA headquarters in Austin. This day will be packed full of helpful information that you can implement the next day at work. About Adobe Academy Sessions You’ll be able to choose from a…

Celebrate Old and New Friends! 2017 Must-Read #EdTech Blogs! @EdTech_K12

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Wow, how tremendous to see so many Texans featured in The 2017 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs article by Meghan Bogardus Cortez (@megbcortez)!


Now, there are a lot of awesome folks on the list of 50, but I have to stop a moment and celebrate the fact that there are two Texas organization blogs (e.g. TCEA, Keller ISD) as well as 4 Texans! Woohoo!

TCEA's TechNotes Blog (@tcea): This features the creative efforts of my work colleagues, Lori Gracey, Dr. Bruce Ellis, Peggy Reimers, Diana Benner, and other TCEA team members! Way to go!Keller ISD Digital Learning Blog (@kellerisdpd): I regret that I don't read this blog myself, but will be adding them to my list of must-reads in my RSS aggregator! And then, there's my fellow Texans: Knikole Taylor (@knikole) - http://www.knikoletaylor.comTodd Nesloney (@techninjatodd) - http://www.toddnesloney.com/class-blogKasey "Shake Up Learning" Bell (@shakeuplearning) - http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog
Finally, what …

Stir the Depths: Writing and Thinking

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In this EdWeek article, the author (Marva Hinton) begins with the following quote from Mighty Writers Mission web page:
To write with clarity, you have to think clearly first. My opening line to the article would have been different:
To express yourself with clarity, write first. "Writing." says author Isabel Allende, "is always giving some sort of order to the chaos of life."

Write first. When you write first, you are able to order the chaos from which creativity emerges, often shy and silent, or bold and beautifully obnoxious. . .and every sparkle or shade in between. As a writer, I've seen others explore their ideas aloud, not unlike a writer struggling for the right words. Unfortunately, words spoken aloud are often lost. A speaker, shaping ideas aloud in thin air, must keep his ideas simple, to the point or lose the listener.

A writer disgorges a detritus of ideas, form the flow, filtering and clearing away the non-essential. Then, seeking fresh ideas, pic…

4 Tips for Discovering Cloud Service Outages

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Wait, you didn't know your favorite cloud service was down? While many of us rely on a negative experience to clue us in that our beloved cloud service is down, there are other approaches we can take to find out.


Approach #1 - Negative Experience
I experienced this firsthand today, as I was attending the Internet of Things (IoT) Action with Microsoft (follow the hashtag at #iotinactionms) and trying to save my audio recordings to OneDrive. I found wondering, "Who else is suffering this?"


Approach #2 - Internet Search Engine
Not surprisingly, a two second internet search on your favorite engine may get you some information. For example, I stumbled on my OneDrive outage pretty quickly!
DownDetector tracks more than just Microsoft, though. You can see their complete list here and may be much more effective tool to use than just doing an internet search. Some of my favorites include Amazon, Apple App Store, Blogger (perish the thought that my blog platform would suffer an outag…

Texas Virtual School Network #Grant

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Note: This blog entry originally published at TCEA.org/blogAre you a public rural school or open-enrollment charter? Then you may want to review the eligibility requirements for a new Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) grant. The grant will be available in the summer of 2017 with the online application, negotiation, and award processes taking place during that time. All awards will be done by mid-August 2017.
How to Indicate Your InterestIf you are interested in applying for the grant, be sure to complete the required task and budget templates. When complete, return to kerry.ballast@tea.texas.gov by 5:00 p.m. CST, April 24, 2017. You will be asked to provide primary contact information, a proposed timeline, and a budget. The latter two most follow the supplied templates for each item. Eligibility RequirementsRural schools must meet three criteria. The first is that they designate staff for “key student-support roles.” The second is that they set student expectations and readiness. The…

Recording Audio/Video on #iOS #edtech

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“I love using my iPhone for on-the-go audio and video recording, but the built-in mic just isn’t doing the job. What can I use to better record audio for those critical interviews?” Every TCEA event, I find myself reaching for my iPhone to record audio and video and snap photos of people I’m having conversations with. And I try to take a fresh look at the tools I’m using. This past TCEA conference, I decided to try several tools for recording audio/video on my iOS device.
Come along with me as I share my journey finding iPhone microphones and apps that work well at a distance. And, please, if you have your own solution that works, share it in the comments below. Audio Recording ToolsWhat is a problem that stumps amateurs like me? The answer is recording at a distance. When you’re standing next to someone, it’s not a big deal to get great audio. When you’re five to six feet away, however, then things start to get a bit tougher. Here are two great mics that can help you capture better …

Managing Smart Tech #iot #cybersecurity #security

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How are you managing smart technologies? Are you prepared for the Internet of Things (IoT) onslaught of fifty billion devices by 2020? That’s less than three years away! Forty-six percent of K–12 and higher ed Chief Technology Officers believe that smart technologies, including the IoT devices, will have a major impact on education. 
Join us at TCEA for a facilitated conversation with experts, vendors, and your peers regarding the Internet of Things, the management of smart technologies in schools, and planning tips to ensure successful implementation. Mark Your Calendars! The 2017 TCEA Technology Leadership Summit is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017. Register now for this one-time learning opportunity. Managing Smart Technologies Some of the smart technologies include interactive whiteboards, copiers, video cameras, tablets, smart HVAC systems, electric lighting/maintenance, temperature sensors, attendance tracking, and wireless door locks. These are just a few of the many IoT devi…