Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FREE Winter Break PD: #DitchSummit

Imagine this:

Professional Development.
Some of the hottest speakers in ed tech.
At home, in your pajamas.
Whenever you have time.

Does that sound exciting to you? Then you should sign up for #DitchSummit!

Matt Miller, the author of Ditch That Textbook, put together the first annual #DitchSummit last year. In his words, “the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a nine-day, FREE virtual event. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.” Ed Tech Specialist Aubrey Yeh attended it over break, and she found it to be an amazing (and convenient!) learning experience. During each day of the summit, a new video is released, along with a notes page, and it can be watched whenever you have time. Aubrey said that after each video, she not only felt inspired, but had plenty of new ideas and resources to fuel her own professional learning and share with others!

Not sure you have time for all nine videos? No problem! You can pick and choose which ones you want to watch. And the best part? It’s all free, so you don’t have to feel bad about wasting money if you don’t get the chance to take full advantage of each session (the videos are only available through the end of December).

This year’s summit doesn’t begin until December 15th,so sign up today at As a bonus, all of last year’s videos are currently LIVE, so you can start earlier and get double the PD! This is a great opportunity for all BVSD teachers, especially if you are at a 1:Web, Distance Learning, or Exemplar school. So kick back, grab a nice cup of hot chocolate, and get your learning on this December!

Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 EdTechTeam Summit: Sketchnote Style!

On November 4th-5th, over 600 educators gathered at the sold-out Ed Tech Team Colorado Summit to share, learn, and play together. Highlighted by keynote speakers Amy Burvall & Jeff Heil, over 70 presenters shared their passion for technology and innovation in education.
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One of the big themes emerging from the weekend was the need for creativity in our classrooms. Sylvia Duckworth shared her wisdom about sketchnoting, a fun and effective way to synthesize and share ideas. Rather than continuing to write a blog post, we’ll let the sketchnotes tell the story of the conference!

Courtesy of @JaredRiesel

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Do you have a sketchnote or favorite takeaway from the weekend? Put a link in the comments!