by Randy Fairfield, 9/18/17
Chris Butler (@TechTeachTravel) and I both serve as Technology/Instructional Coaches in the Richland School District. Chris is an awesome guy. He and I both shared a desire to become Google for Education Certified Trainers and we both got it done around the same time. We have talked about how becoming trainers gives us nothing more than a badge if we don’t do anything with it, and I’ve been excited to watch Chris take his badge and his passion for project-based learning and turn it into something that will benefit educators and students alike.
Chris and a fellow educator, Erin Dickey (@ogybuns) launched Project Based Awesome a few months back, so to be fair this is old news. They are starting out with a series of insightful blog posts and podcasts to tackle a number of issues related to educators—particularly those trying to lead project-based learning in their classrooms. You can check out Chris and Erin’s work here: https://www.projectbasedawesome.com/.
by Randy Fairfield, 8/21/17
Edmodo recently launched some exciting new features on their platform which has served to tighten the integration with the Google Suite and has made the facilitation of online courses better than ever!
In tandem with these releases, Edmodo partnered with MisterEdTech last Spring to promote an interactive online course titled, “Using Edmodo and Google to Facilitate 21st Century Learning”. The course was so successful that it’s back by popular demand! The course will begin again on August 28, 2017, will last six weeks, and will cost $129 per participant. Everyone is welcome to participate, and 20 clock hour credits will be offered through ESD 171 for Washington State teachers for a cost of $40 extra to be paid directly to the ESD. Participants will be asked to spend 3.25 hours per week engaging in the course and will learn the baseline technological knowledge needed to integrate Edmodo and the Google Suite. The course will also focus on best practice and will ask teachers to be reflective about their pedagogical applications of these tools.
If you are interested in the course, click the “buy now” button below! After you make the payment, you will be directed to an Edmodo link that will let you join the course after you log in with your Edmodo account! You can check out the course syllabus here and/or send Randy an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or have difficulty joining. Hope to see you there!
by Randy Fairfield, 8/19/17
So I’ve had the privilege of serving as the Technology/Instructional Coach at the middle school where Caitlin (@icedtearex) serves as an ELA teacher. Caitlin was the first teacher to really get gung ho about the Google Suite for Education, and it’s been awesome to watch it transform her classroom. I’m really excited to she that she’s obtained this certification as it’s really a validation of a lot of the great work Caitlin has done in her classroom!
By Randy Fairfield, 6/26/17
Caitlin (@icedtearex) caught the #flipgridfever before the hashtag blew up! Caitlin serves as an ELA teacher in the middle school where I serve as a Technology/Instructional Coach, and her enthusiasm for incorporating technology into her lessons in student-centered ways has been contagious! It has been a great privilege to be able to collaborate with such a phenomenal teacher.
by Randy Fairfield, 5/20/17
Over one hundred educators will be gathering in Wenatchee, WA on 6/20/17 for the NCESD Summit featuring Google for Education. Kristina Wambold (@MrsWambold) has granted me the privilege of giving the keynote at the event! The title of the keynote is “Be Irreplaceable”, and I will be sharing about the coming age of automation and the far-reaching implications it will have on the field of education. If you’re interested in attending the summit, you can find more information if you click here!
by Randy Fairfield, 3/30/17
When I first saw what Hapara had to offer, me knee-jerk reaction was that it seemed like little more than big brother, but for school. However, since the school district I work for adopted the program, I decided to go ahead and give Hapara a second glace. Boy am I glad that I did!
Going through the certified educator and trainer coursework was a lot of work, but it was good work. What I found was that Hapara could be used as a powerful tool to facilitate a number of best practices. Yes, teachers can use the Highlights feature to play big brother. However, showing them how to use the tool to facilitate conversations about digital citizenship instead can lead to really positive outcomes for kids.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hapara and becoming certified yourself, check out the “get certified” section of their website. If you’re so inclined, you can click here to see the profiles of the other fine educators that made through the first cohort of trainers with me!
by Randy Fairfield, 3/22/17
So happy for Chris (@TechTeachTravel)! He and I both set some goals to become Google for Education Certified Trainers, and we made it! Here’s looking forward to doing many trainings with Chris in the future, including the ones we have coming up at NCCE!
Chris will be running a hands-on session titled, “Taking Assessment Further: Student Creation and Screencasts.” I’ll be running a few sessions at the Google Summit, including “How to Leverage the G Suite in High Poverty Schools” as well as “Google Sites for Everyone!”. Hope to see you there!
by Randy Fairfield, 2/15/17
Join me on 2/22/17 at 1:30 PST as I partner with Hapara to host a webinar on Authentic Writing and Literacy! For more information, click here!
If you missed the webinar, you can still check out in the Hapara webinar archives.
by Randy Fairfield, 1/24/17
Over the past couple of months, I have been participating in a cohort of educators going through Hapara’s Certified Educator program. It has been a pleasure to learn more about the platform, and the facilitators were great! Here’s a special thanks to Evyan Wagner (@evyan_of_hapara), Heather Panitch (@heatherpanitch), Eleni Kyritsis (@misskyritsis), and Amy Harris (@MsharrisEDU) for doing a great job with facilitation.
I am looking forward to going through their certified trainer program and learning more about what I can do to spread the Hapara love! One of the things I appreciated most was that our facilitators emphasized that Hapara is not a “do everything” tool, but rather can be used in a complementary role alongside other tools when it comes to supporting student-centered outcomes. Innovating and imagining where Hapara fits in as a tool for facilitating best practices such as those outlined in John Hattie’s Visible Learning has a lot been fun—particularly exploring other public Hapara Workspaces and seeing how other educators are using the platform.
by Randy Fairfield, 12/28/16
Our use of Google Sites, Forms, and social media was recognized by the Google Transformation Center as a transformative practice. Since switching from our old website platform, engaging parents and students with Google Forms for voting, and promoting the input we sought with social media, we have seen the number of visits to our website increase by 500%!