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New Beginnings

posted Sep 7, 2016, 10:38 AM by Robert Pohl   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 10:42 AM ]

It's official!  I've finished my first month working for Monroe Public Schools as the Coordinator for Digital Learning & Development.  The first 30 days has seen huge amounts of progress; I'm happy to report that we've accomplished:
  • the launch of our new site "DigiLearn"
  • a year-long PD plan for several school sites that will explore the GAFE/Canvas
  • deploying Canvas LMS
  • the development of several online/blended courses for staff to prepare for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2 exams in Canvas
  • a deployment plan for delivering Chromebooks to half of our certificated staff
  • development of several presentation proposals for the Seattle Google Summit, Oregon Google Summit, & CUE National Conference
  • coordinating the Learner2Learner PLC with the curriculum TOSAs 
  • setting up my cubicle
I'd hoped to reformat the Monroe Portal (intranet site for staff) but have found it to be a bigger challenge than I initially thought.  It's going to have to be a pet-project that is going to need a few more collaborators.  After school resumes, tomorrow, I'll be sending out notifications to begin that consultative work to define a new vision, a new format, and to determine the new platform.

The DigiLearn site is live.  It's an amalgamation of several sites I've kept over the years and borrows from all of my favorite resources gleaned over 15 years in the ed tech environment.  I'm most pleased with the GAFE pages for each of the Google Apps.  You'll find links for Drive, Docs, Sheets, & Slides as well as many of the other Google tools.  Speaking of Google tools, I think my favorite recently is Google Slides for creating posters.  I was given the task to create paper announcements that could be shared with teachers and placed in their mailboxes.  I read about this trick from Meredith Martin's Tech for Teachers blog post.  I love how easy the tool is...simply reset the page size to match the output, borrow a template from the gallery, and begin placing text and images.  I also found using Google's Image Search handy by selecting only those images that offered a transparent background.  

It's been a good beginning, I've stretched my brain and made a few friends.  I'm looking forward to a great start!

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