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I just got back from three days at the VermontFest conference in Killington, Vermont. This is an annual Ed-tech conference sponsored by Vita-Learn.

I presented at three different sessions. One was a 3-hour pre-conference session which I co-presented with another Vermont technology integration specialist. We worked with the attendees on using the Vermont Tech Grade Expectations (our state standards) as well as the Transformation and Technology Scenarios. It was an engaging discussion with fabulous educators.

The next morning I shared a presentation of how Google apps are being used at the elementary level in Vermont. Many others contributed to this presentation, both in person and virtually. I can’t thank them enough for that. It was a clear illustration of how our work CAN be done with our younger students. This session was a truly collaborative effort.

And on the last day, I shared information about how I have built my PLN (Personal Learning Network). It was fun to share how my network on Twitter has helped me grow and learn, as well as amazing other networks like the Educator’s PLN and Diigo, to name a few. I think perhaps a few educators in the room may have been encouraged to build upon their own PLNs.

It was also extremely special to have 6 of the educators from my school also present. Their topics ranged greatly, from technology in kindergarten, to podcasting, powerful searches, and reflective middle school reporting and assessment. They are all very talented and innovative teachers.

Overall, the conference was terrific. Some of my peers with whom I’ve worked were recognized for their amazing contributions to our field. I met, face to face, Twitter friends from within Vermont. I collaborated, felt connected and inspired, I learned from others and hopefully helped others learn.

Thank you Vita-Learn, for the opportunity to be a part of this community.

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Photo taken by me, upon arrival. Killington had just opened for skiing for the season.

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First Post

This is my first post as a blogger in the world of education and technology. I’ve had a blog before, but that was as a classroom teacher with the audience primarily being parents of students. Now I don’t know who might be reading this.

A little history about me… I taught second grade in a private school in Boston for 6 years. Then I left the classroom to pursue my master’s degree in education. My area of focus was technology in education. I had the honor of interning while in grad school at Tom Snyder Productions and having the opportunity to interact with fascinating and talented people.

After graduate school, I got a job with Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN) as one of the first site director’s for the Co-NECT Schools, one of many education reform projects that were part of the New American Schools Development Corporation. I worked with teachers and the principal to help them undergo a change, which was difficult for them and for me. I found myself wishing I were them with this amazing opportunity to put new ideas into action.

I left BBN to return to the classroom in Vermont, teaching first and second grade in a multiage setting. I became a member of a four-person dynamic teaching team within a wonderful school system. I found myself happy to be engaged in helping children learn, integrating technology, and forging relationships with families. I continued teaching for another 15 years.

Then I found myself at a crossroads- the Technology Integration Specialist was retiring… Should I continue to utilize the opportunity to work directly with students or move out of the classroom into this new role? I didn’t apply at first, but was later encouraged by colleagues and administrators. I took the plunge.

Our new iPad cart

This is the beginning of my third year in this position. I have learned so much, but still miss those relationships with students and their families. However, given that technology never stops changing, neither does my job. I have found other ways to be rewarded- as I work with teachers and students and engage them in new ideas.

I hope to use this blog to share some of those successes, some personal learning, and reflections on education, technology, and our big, wide world.

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