2015 – The year of change

2015

After taking almost a year off from blogging, I’ve realised a few things…

Firstly, I have felt a sense of guilt for not blogging at all but the little voice inside keeps saying “it’s okay, you’re super busy with the arrival of your second child, your move to the Gold Coast in Queensland, renovating own new home, starting your new position at St Hilda’s School and your ADE commitments. So don’t beat yourself up, just share via twitter. For those interested in following me can do so using my handle @martinezgeek.

Secondly, while twitter is awesome for sharing quick links to resources or thought and reflections, I’ve really missed blogging. I toyed with the idea of deactivating this blog but I simply couldn’t do it for a number of reasons. Whether or not this blog is used by the wider education community, it’s a great way of my own personal reflection on resources and pedagogy that are meaningful to me at a specific moment in time.

And lastly, I need to make time to blog. I cannot over commit and promise a certain number of posts per week or per month but I can say that my blogging hiatus is over. I will continue to share via twitter as well as via my blog.

Thanks for all of the support and positive comments, please be sure to keep sharing this blog with your PLNs and stay tuned for some exciting new posts.

Cheers

DM

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ADE Institute 2013

So before I begin, I acknowledge that it has been a very long time since my last blog post. Kinda sounds like a confession doesn’t it 😉

I need to make more of an effort to keep posting despite how hectic and busy school life gets.

So where do I start? I have returned from one of the most energising and inspiring weeks of my professional life as an educator; having spent a week with some of the most amazing and talented people has had an amazing effect on me.

Before I go into some of the details of the Institute, a lot of friends, family and colleagues have asked me “What is an ADE?” or “What do you have to do?” I think the best way to explain is in this video.

The Institute was brilliant. The workshops, quality of the presentations and the amount of learning that occurred was nothing short of incredible. The one thing that struck me was how open and genuine everybody was. You could walk around the amazing resort and start a conversation with a stranger and within minutes you would hear a story about their experience that would blow your mind. This happened to me on numerous occasions.

I was lucky enough to meet some colleagues who I have been following on twitter or reading their blogs and form a face to face relationship with them. It was great to be able to discuss ideas and future projects with like minded educators – the nerd talk was pretty sensational. One night on my way to the pool, I walked past two Canadian guys talking about video compression rates 😉

While attending the workshops was incredible, the whole experience really went into another gear during the evenings. There were so many opportunities to network and mingle with an unlimited supply of highly skilled professionals, granted, many of these opportunities took place either by or in the pool.

For me personally, there were simply too many stand out moments for me to list or discuss here. However, I will mention one thing that I saw that applied to me. It is a powerful little video called “How To Lead Innovation: The 3 Carriage Train” and was created by Ray Nashar (straight As and no Es) who I had the pleasure of meeting. Ray created an iTunes U course called “How To Lead Innovation: The 3 Carriage Train” and I throughly recommend that you have a look at it. For me, this video has come at the right time as I look at position of where my school is at the moment and where I want it to be. Do yourself a favour and watch the video

I’m feeling inspired and reinvigorated by the new people that I have added to my PLN and I’m happy to say that I have a few new projects on the horizon that I’m excited about. I’ll leave the details of the projects to another time.

SAMPS Multi Touch Book for iPad

Just before I end this post, I’ve created a new Multi Touch Book exclusively for iPad. The Book has been designed for my school, specifically for the parents as a condensed version of our school website  with access to all of the necessary forms and notices while utilising the features of iBooks. The Multi Touch Book is on our website http://www.samps.vic.edu.au or can be downloaded directly by clicking here

Apple Distinguished Educators

 

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It is with much excitement and pride that I am able to announce my membership as an Apple Distinguished Educator as part of the class of 2013.

I am so thrilled to be part of such an amazing selection of innovative and inspiring educators world wide and I am looking forward to learning and growing through this unique opportunity.

Stay tuned… 😉