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About dps61techcoach

I am the mother of two boys and happily married for 15 years. Currently, I am a school improvement specialist for Decatur Public Schools. Next year I will be an instructional technology coach. I am super excited about this new role.

Public education: What is your opinion?

I have spent my entire life as either a student or as an educator. I like learning and helping others discover new concepts and ideas. Nothing excites me more than to see a person whether is it an child or … Continue reading

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Tech Talk: Professional development via the bathroom stall

Weekly Tech Tip emails (see Supporting Technology Integration) are a great way to provide  technology integration support. But how many emails do teachers receive in a day? The answer is a lot. It is not always easy to sit down … Continue reading

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Supporting technology integration

On a weekly basis the Instructional Technology Coaches (ICT) send out a tech tip. This year the Tech Tip was structured to support the 10 iPads at each school that teachers can check out. While working on my Master’s degree … Continue reading

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ESL and iPads, what should I do?

Kris Boomer and I presented at IETC conference in Springfield, IL this past week on how the K-8 is using the iPads to maximize learning for ELLs. This is still a work in progress. We have a a lot of … Continue reading

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ISTE, Now What?

Last week, I had the privilege to attend the International Society for Technology Education Conference in San Antonio, TX. I attended the conference with two of my colleagues, Libby Kirkland (@KirklandeduK8s) and Chrissie Edwards (@chrissie62573). We attended many great sessions … Continue reading

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Twitter and Professional Learning

Twitter Teachers Newbies! When you hear Twitter what do you think? People telling the world when they are going to the store, extremely hot weather, or the ridiculously high gas prices (I do agree with this by the way.) While … Continue reading

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What an adventure! Blended learning can work!

My project with this class has come to an end, which is bittersweet. My two weeks with the class was rewarding and challenging. While I would love to continue to teach this class, part of my role as an instructional technology coach is to understand, … Continue reading

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