Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer 2018 Learning You Can Do

Contrary to what the non-educator community might think, summer is NOT a time where teachers turn their brains off. On the contrary, most educators I know spend a great deal of time planning, prepping, and learning for next year. They just don't have to do it within the contracted time or with 30 sets of eyeballs staring at them.

Time in the summer is more forgiving ... more flexible ... just more. Time can be 15 minutes here, an hour there, or nothing at all during a family vacation. The reverse can also be quite true - time can be hyper-focused for an entire day to complete a workshop.

If you are looking for ways to amp up your summer learning time, I've got a few suggestions. Chose one or two to try.

Google Certified Educator
If your school uses Google, this is a fantastic way to earn FREE professional learning credits. 

There are 2 Levels - Fundamentals and Advanced. Getting certified was a goal I accomplished 3 years ago and I'd recommend it to ANYone!

Website ↝ Training Center

If you need help, feel free to contact me!

Eric Curts Webinars
If you are interested in learning Google in small pieces, Eric has over 30 webinars "on demand". They are roughly an hour long and after watching them, you have the opportunity to take a quiz and receive a certificate worth 1 contact hour. 

Website ↝ ControlAltAchieve

Forward Edge Webinars 
Once a month, Forward Edge (a company focused on providing technology to schools) shares a live webinar on a tech focused idea. Afterwards, you can access on demand. They are roughly an hour in length.

Website ↝ EdTech Webinar Series

Read a book ... or 2 or more!
I have a list of recommendations at the bottom of my Home page. None are super long reads, but ALL are highly inspiring - each for their own reasons. Reach out to your PLN to see what they have read. Twitter is a great place to find good suggestions.

I'm facilitating a professional book study on George Couros' The Innovator's Mindset over this summer. If you are interested, register here BCESC Registration Link.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

My hope for you is that this summer is a relaxing and reinvigorating!

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