Saturday, December 31, 2011

Twitter is My Life Line- What Happens When It Goes Down?

Happy New Year Everyone!


I hope the coming year brings you much joy, relaxation, and fundamental enjoyment around the most important events in your life in the coming new year.  One major event I am looking forward to is our oldest son's wedding in the Caribbean in late Spring. I am so proud of him and his beautiful finance Krissy, they are truly meant to be together- and are so very happy. I am also pleased to say that I am very happy in my life- with my family, work and active lifestyle- and can't wait for the new year to bring much inspired new learning to my everyday adventures. 

Much of my inspired educational learning comes from my PLN of Twitter. Today as I launched my browser then Tweetdeck to welcome the morning with familiar Twitter friends- I was faced with the big blue whale- as this is the symbol that Twitter is over capacity. I thought- no worries- refreshed my browser- and relaunched Tweetdeck once again- but it happened again.  I think I cried a little inside at this point.  How would I make it through my day without Twitter and without even making one post, reading from my PLN to learn from others, and responding to others to share resources or assist them with finding possible solutions to their posed questions. After many thoughts rushed through my head, I ached a little more inside and thought what now?


I did move on, - reluctantly- due to I have many other things to due on my checklist to make progress throughout my day, even on holiday break.  I continued to dig deeper into my online course I am facilitating on Intel Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom with 23 state leaders. I focused my questions and summary responses around the importance of collaboration- as this is the central focus for Module 2 of the course- how ironic- although wondering why Twitter was still down. 

I continued to go back and refresh my browser but with no luck and now getting an error message besides the over capacity message. I thought- get over it and move one- just think how much time your will have for other avenues this morning. So I did- reluctantly again. This is why I am now crafting this blog post on my blog to share story with all of you this AM.

I continued to work through my next hour with digging into my Intel Teachers Engage Community and SimpleK12 Community. Both of these learning communities are just as important as my Twitter community.  I read through quite few new discussions, responded to questions posed and shared some ideas, upload some support resources to extend the learning of others, and embedded this blog reflection into a new discussion thread as well to pose the following learning scenario below.  

Everyone always needs a great backup plan in life and especially as an educator  when the technology goes down, is not working, down for maintenance (see picture to the left- as my last view from Twitter as I refreshed the browser in-between writing) or is blocked in your school.  What is your plan of action or best work around when this occurs? How do you handle the stress of a classroom full of students when the technology fails and they are becoming restless? 

For now my outlet is reflection, learning from the experience and finding possible solutions to find the positive in the not so pleasant experiences through other online learning communities. I do not get rid of the tools that are not working- I find a work around for the moment or time being- I know they will come back up sooner or later. If does not come back to working order after a week or two or the site is disabled permanently there are a lot of choices on the Internet - that is the beauty of Web 2.0 . Here are some other possible solutions for you to assist you with those "Technology Hiccups" when they come your way.


Happy New Year everyone!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Blend- What Makes You Perk?

Did you know that Starbucks makes a great cup of coffee around the holidays known as their annual Christmas Blend?  It is smooth, robust with a rich bold flavor- with a hint of reindeer they proclaim. You actually feel special to drink this holiday cheer and are willing to spread the good news.  What is it that certain things in life motivate us to want to share our good fortune, share a new learned skill or dabble in to a risk and try something new or just plain makes us perk?

I ponder these questions often and I know it is different for each of us.  What are you going to try new this year to excite your inner passions, to make change and learn a new skill? Why not try jumping into the wonderful world of the Adobe Digital School Tools known as ADSC?

It is so easy to try, just download a 30 day trial of the version of your choice between Adobe Elements, Adobe Premier, Adobe Acrobat X. Watch a preview of what the Adobe tool can do for you through Adobe TV and see how the creation suite can transform and enhance classroom productivity and student digital project creation. Also, check out the great resources for using the ADSC in your classrooms in the Adobe Education Exchange.There are 23 lesson plans, tech guides, user guides, teacher guides, and completed examples to view. There are over 36,000 members in the community and that number continues to grow.

 Or if you are interested in the mobile app side of things, test drive these tools with Adobe's new Android apps. Also check out the large collection of FREE and low cost Adobe iPad apps through iTunes- you are going to love what you see here!

So what are you waiting for? Take an educational risk this year that is sure to pay off in true educational value, limitless creativity and aid in your own personal and professional technology skill sets!  ***Be sure to also add a reflection to this post to enter to win the exclusive ADSC suite.  Your blog reflection is your contest entry and your chances are very, very good! Drawing will take place on January 15th and the winner will be noted on my blog and tweeted out to the world!

Monday, December 19, 2011

What Have You Done Today To Inspire a Monday Morning Impact?

Happy Monday Everyone!

Just finished an Adobe Connect webinar with Western Wisconsin educational lealders, and as a collective group we made a Monday Morning Impact with sharing best practices of recent conferences we all have attended. Some topics that came to discussion points were addressing technology integration training and how have districts addressed this topic of a mandatory event or should it be included in PLC's.  Other hot topics we addressed included student's perspectives of the teaching and learning environments and the importance of their voice in the learning environment.  When was the last time you posed a question to your students of "How do you learn best?" - or "If you could change three physical attributes in your learning space- what would you include/change and why?" 

These questions always leave me pondering and I wonder "What would students say?"  One thing I know for sure is that the new teaching and learning environments need to include spaces where students can think,can dream, can explore and can curate new knowledge sets and apply their ideas to document student growth- does your space include this? 

I have been dabbling in more and more of the Adobe Digital School Collection products and these tools greatly interest me from an educators stand point to be highly creative and fit into "my learning space".  I find myself getting creatively lost in the element of design and I like this!  I can apply my ideas and can create new visual displays that represent who I am as an educator and can easily contribute to my own professional ePortfolio.  

Have you dabbled in Adobe Acrobat lately?  Did you know you can create an interactive ePortfolio for yourself as a professional but to also extend this learning and highly creative opportunity for your students?  It is amazing- and this can and will empower your students to take ownership into their learning, but to also allow them to be curators of their new knowledge and showcasing it through a digital product.


Are you interested in ePortfolios, assessment, and administrative productivity?  Check out the ePortfolio resources available on the Adobe Education Exchange to see what the possibilities area.  Use these guides to learn how to:  

  • Creating Electronic Portfolios w/ Adobe Acrobat – help students create personalized media-rich electronic portfolios of their coursework
  • Digital Assessment w/ Adobe Acrobat – make use of commenting & reviewing tools to digitally assess coursework
  • Generating Lesson Plans with Adobe Acrobat – streamline lesson planning using PDF forms
  • Streamline Administrative Tasks with Adobe Acrobat – use security, accessibility, data collection, and batch processing tools to take paper-based document processes electronic.

Did you also know that Atomic Learning offers free workshops on Adobe Acrobat X Pro that help you understand the nature & use of ePortfolios while demonstrating how easy it is to personalize them and add media-rich content using Adobe software?  I just found this out and am enjoying the interactive learning environment.  Dig in, join me and share with me through a blogpost reflection your insights and how Adobe Acrobat X can empower student ePortfolios in your classroom or with other fellow educators- would love to hear your thoughts! You will automatically be added into the contest to win the new ADSC tool collection- spread the word- your chances are good!


 


Here are some other great Adobe Influencers that are "chattin" about the experiences of ADSC as well:

Influencer Site Name URL Twitter
Jeff Dunn Edudemic.com http://edudemic.com/ edudemic
Naomi Harm Innovative Educator Consulting http://blog.innovativeeducator.us/ nharm
David Andrade Educational Technology Guy http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/ daveandcori
Nick Provenzano The Nerdy Teacher http://www.thenerdyteacher.com/ thenerdyteacher
Vicki Davis Cool Cat Teacher http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ coolcatteacher
Wes Kriesel Ed Tech Central http://edtechcentral.org/ edtechcentral

































Monday, December 12, 2011

Adobe ADSC Continued with Monday Morning Impact Contest



Many of you are aware that I am running an Adobe ADSC (Adobe Digital School Collection) contest on my blog and this is one of many chances to get on this innovating event. This blog post will introduce you to the collection suite and the value added of how it can entice your students with being curators of their own digital designs. For contest rules see below for a chance to win an ADSC suite for your classroom. *Just add your blog reflection following this post to automatically be entered into the contest!

The ADSC is comprised of Adobe Photoshop Elements, a tool to edit and enhance your photos. Adobe Premier, a tool to edit and enhance your videos. Adobe Acrobat X, a tool to create PDF communications, eportfolios, collaborate more easily, and streamline reviews.  All of these tools make up a great suite of digital resources to empower your students and you as an educator to create high quality digital products. The tool we will focus on today is Adobe Photoshop Elements and the rich teacher resources to utilize with netbooks in your classroom and quick essential assessment tips.

Let's take a deeper look into Adobe Photoshop Elements through an overview video segment, and all it has to offer. If you are interested in taking it to the next level, tap into the Adobe TV series to advance your skills sets.

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Blog Reflection Questions- choose to reflect on- or choose all three. How could you introduce Adobe Photoshop Elements into your classroom practice to make the greatest impact? How can it support visual literacy of all content areas in your classroom? What do you find most rewarding and most challenging with utilizing Adobe Photoshop Elements? 


*** The contest rules are as follows ***

1. Take a moment to read my updated blog post each week on Monday's - noted as "Adobe Monday Morning Impact Series" found at http://www.naomiharm.org and investigate and dabble in the provided Adobe educational links.
2. Reflect on your learning takeaways through a replied blog post to my Monday morning postings. Your name will be automatically entered each week for each response in our grand finale drawing on January 15th. The winning blogger will be posted on my blog and tweeted out. 
3. Respond to other blog readers through my blog to extend their learning, ask thought provoking questions, pose learning scenarios, and provided guided insight to how you would use the ADSC suite in your classroom or workplace environment. That's it, no strings attached- to share your collective intelligence with others and possibly winning an Adobe multimedia collection to impact your teaching and learning environment with students and/or adult learners. 

4. Enjoy the learning opportunity!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Morning Blend: Edublog Awards


I am extremely honored to be nominated this year for an Edublogs lifetime achievement award from several outstanding educators.  It is a humbling experience to note that my professional and personal character influences so many while making a positive learning impact with educational leaders around the nation. Please take a moment to view all the outstanding and wonderful nominees that Edublogs has listed this year and cast your vote in support of their efforts.  Your vote will make a difference to celebrate the new and upcoming curators- and collaborators stepping into this educational journey for the first time of for several years.  This also provides a virtual thank you to this amazing individuals and noting their accomplishments to continue their gallant efforts to make a positive change in education and their sharing of knowledge.

Thanks to all of you for your commitment to education and contributing to the positive change our world and our students needs to see every day! Thanks for keeping it real!

Naomi

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Evening Blend- Adobe Digital School Collection Contest

Adobe Digital School Collection


Greetings Everyone-  Tis' the season to celebrate and enjoy the holidays in the months of December and January. The holidays can bring much holiday cheer for many and some unsuspected surprises as well. I would like to add to that list of unsuspected but pleasant holiday surprises with sharing some unique and new learning opportunities for all of you that will take place over the next 6-8 weeks. 


I have been asked to be part of the Adobe Influencer community with many unique educators this past year. Adobe Influencers include innovative thinkers and designers consisting of administrators, educators and teacher leaders. I must say this is a privilege and honor to learn from a team of forward thinking individuals from around the nation. As part of being an Adobe Influencer, we do have the opportunity to test drive some creative Adobe design tools and share our critical feedback of how we would us these resources to enrich the classroom experience and assist our presentation and marketing strategies. Because of this, I am one of several over the next few months that will be running a holiday educator classroom transformation design contest, and-  YES-  will be giving away an Adobe Digital School Collection suite to one lucky reader with an associated blog reflection on my blog. 

The contest rules are as follows: 
1. Take a moment to read my updated blog post each week on Monday's - noted as "Adobe Monday Morning Impact Series" found at http://www.naomiharm.org and investigate and dabble in the provided Adobe educational links.

2. Reflect on your learning takeaways through a replied blog post to my Monday morning postings. Your name will be automatically entered each week for each response in our grand finale drawing on January 15th. The winning blogger will be posted on my blog and tweeted out. 

3. Respond to other blog readers through my blog to extend their learning, ask thought provoking questions, pose learning scenarios, and provided guided insight to how you would use the ADSC suite in your classroom or workplace environment. That's it, no strings attached- to share your collective intelligence with others and possibly winning an Adobe multimedia collection to impact your teaching and learning environment with students and/or adult learners. 

Take a test drive this week through the following embedded Adobe TV video clips to see first hand how this suite of software can transform your classroom engagement and your student's digital production outcomes. Here is all the associated Adobe blog with more detail about the suite, and a wealth of teacher lessons and resources to inspire your new designs and digital projects with your students. ENJOY!!!





Happy blogging and reflecting and I look forward to your thought provoking conversations and reflections around classroom design transformation, eportfolio development, digital storytelling, and possibly flip teaching production video segments, which all can be developed and implemented with the ADSC suite.