Reflecting on My Goals

In March, I completed my first 100 blog posts. As a way to acknowledge this, I wrote a series of blog posts focusing on ten new learnings or inspirations I had through my blogging journey thus far. 10 posts. 10 inspirations in each post. 100 new learnings. My final blog post of the series focused on ten things I wanted to learn about or focus on in the near future.

After almost two months since the final post in that series, I thought it was time to reflect on how I have done with the goals that were presented in that post.

  1. Evernote – I’ve used this a lot more. While I do have a lot more to learn about Evernote, It has become my go-to note-taking app.
  2. Dropbox – I’ve set up a school account and created folders for all the teachers and support staff in that account. This has allowed students to work on the iPads and save their work to Dropbox (if the particular app they are using has ths option). Again, while I have figured *some* things out with Dropbox, I know I have a lot more to learn.
  3. Cloudon – Other than opening a few documents in this app, I have not explored it much at all.
  4. Blogsy – Ths blog post is written using Blogsy. :-). I am impressed by how easy it is to use. It is very user-friendly. In fact, I think it us easier to add a photo using this app than using the regular WordPress site.
  5. Podcasts – This is still on my to-do list.
  6. More Webinars – I am still working on watching more Webinars. I signed up for some during the day, however, being a vice-principal in a very busy inner-city school made it virtually impossible to attend these Webinars. Kids always come first. What I really need to do is find some archived Webinars to watch in the evenings. Do you have any suggestions?
  7. Incorporate Technology into Staff Meetings – We are planning our Administative Professional Day with our staff to take place this coming Monday. Part of this day will include reflecting on the current school goals, discussing this year’s school data, and then collaborating to decide on goals for the upcoming year. I am going to incorporate technology into this part of the day. We will use the web 2.0 tool, called edistorm to brainstorm ideas independently and as a group. Here are a few screen shots to demonstrate what we will be doing.

There will be one topic / focus area written on colour-coded stickies in each corner of the edistorm. Staff members will use an iPad (or a laptop) to go to edistorm and add stickies in each area. In the top right of the screen shot below, you can see the zoomed out version of the edistorm. There should be enough room for staff members to add stickies in each area (Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Social Responsibility, and Other). You can see below how we have added the actual data to the stickies so the staff members have the most recent data visible for them to reflect upon.

Here is another screen shot. It is really quite easy to manipulate and move from one topic to another. When using a laptop, you just use your mouse, click and hold to move around the page. On the iPad, you move your finger on the page to scroll to other areas. You can see where you are on the screen by watching the black rectangular box in the blue zoomed-out view of the edistorm.

Staff members can also add comments on their colleagues’ stickies. You can see an example of a comment below. In addition, when staff members have finished adding stickies, adding comments, and you’ve reviewed the information as a group, each staff member can then vote for the idea/goal they like the best or that they feel should be the priority for the following year. You can see the green dots under “Idea Votes” on the left hand side of the screen. This is a very useful function of this app. As a staff you can look more closely at the ideas that received the most votes and then focus your goals in those areas, perhaps.
Another useful function is the ability to save the information in the edistorm into excel,or PDF format.
This is something you can’t do with ‘real’ sticky notes.
The only real problem with this tool is each staff member has to be invited to the edistorm. Once they are invited, they need to sign in to their edistorm account. Ths means that each person would have to sign up for an account. I am going to try to find a work-around for that though.
I look forward to trying this out on Monday.
8. Skype – I’d like to explore this a little further, however, besides helping my teachers who are interested in using it, I do not have a lot to use it for at this time.
9. Facilitate a Twitter session with my Admin Study Group – we did this at our last study group session and it was a big hit. I’d like to do an information session about Twitter with my staff, but, with the lack of participation in extra-curricular activities due to the labour dispute, I really do not want to make any of our teachers uncomfortable. I do think, though, that exploring Twitter over the summer (when people have a lot more time) would be really inspiring and a real game-changer. This would be especially important for those teachers involved in our Innovative Learning Designs Team.
10. My Camera – I still need to explore my camera more and refresh my memory about how to us its video function. I just re-watched the Father’s Day video I made with it last year for my husband and I think it may have inspired me.

 

In about two months, I have been able to focus learning about half of the items I wrote about in my final post of my 100 Blog Post Series. That’s not too bad. I look forward to learning more about these and the others I listed. I may have to wait until the summer to really concentrate on going deeper with these though.

 

It’s all about learning.

What have you learned lately?

 

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.
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One Response to Reflecting on My Goals

  1. Sue Bock says:

    I love how you are looking at all types of technology to motivate yourself and others. This kind of leadership intrinsically will promote others to follow you.

    Sue Bock
    http://couragetoadventurecoaching.wordpress.com

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