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- Twitter, Diana and Jen are both active twitter users. If you have a question we are just a tweet away. Share your 1:1 journey with the hashtag #PowerUpEd.
- Google Hangout, We are both busy classroom teachers, but if you have a group reading Power Up and you'd like to have a conversation let us know. We just might be able to set something up.
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- Future Now, April 2018, San Diego CA. Jen will be doing a session.
- ISTE, June 2018, Chicago IL. Diana and Jen are presenting two sessions.
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Diana and Jen address an issue that many teachers who use technology in their classrooms on a regular basis face: what to do with distractions — online or otherwise?
ISTE 2015 has been awesome! We are looking forward to our final day in Philly, and our last BYOD session of the conference: Top Ten Workshops for 1:1. We are grateful for the opportunity to have talked with so many dedicated teachers, principals, PD coaches, and tech directors. Over and over, in each of our conversations, it has come back to the same core values: what makes a 1:1 classroom really flourish is sound instructional design and purposeful use of technology.
When Jen and I started writing Power Up, we knew we wanted to craft a reading guide for group discussions... you know, like the ones in the back of popular book club books, but for educators? (We just can't shake being English teachers.) Well, Stenhouse has published a fabulous PD guide with chapter summaries, questions for discussion, quotes to ponder, and hands-on activities for work groups to try out. The comprehensive guide is available for free as a PDF download on their website. We are so hopeful that this guide will be useful for faculty groups as they make (or continue) the transition to teaching with 1:1 technology.
True to my writing ritual, on the day our proofs arrived, I sat down with a piping mug of tea in the same spot on the couch where I did a good 90% of my drafting. This time, instead of staring at a blank screen and a flashing cursor bar, I had the surreal and wonderful experience of reading this amazing book that has been over two years in the making!
Last week I was able to attend and present at the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs. As you might guess I went to a lot of sessions about 1:1 teaching and learning. Many of those sessions were about the amazing things teachers and students are doing with 1:1 for their students, and several were about the process of making a 1:1 program work. Professional development options were clearly in my sights, and I heard about many similar strategies: X number of days of training, coaching models, and online resources. After the third session like this though, I finally realized what was missing, what I hadn’t even realized I’d been hoping to hear about. No one ever talked about what their teachers were reading.
We are very pleased to announce that the foreword for Power Up will be by Jaime Casap. Jaime is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google and the best person we could have asked for to extoll the value of integrating technology in education.
Well, the countdown is on to when Power Up goes to print! This weekend, Jen flew up so we could work on copyedits together, and actually work face-to-face. I think this is officially the fourth time we have worked on the book in the same room since we decided to write it two years ago.
In early January 2015 the book officially went to the production department. It is out of our hands for a while now as the designers, and copyeditor work their magic. Meanwhile we are fielding emails about marketing, upcoming conferences, and author appearances.