My Big Thoughts on Back to School…

1995 kindergarten 2ndgradeOnce the back to school sales begin, the remnants of an old melancholy feeling start to bubble up. Sending my kids back to school was never something that made me happy. It served as an end to carefree days and late evenings, to swimming, camping and playing but more than anything it served as a marker that another precious year had passed….

It is fitting that I now work in schools and get to experience “The First Day of School” with hundreds of students and parents every year.… Visit the author's original post

My Big Thoughts on Back to School…

1995 kindergarten 2ndgradeOnce the back to school sales begin, the remnants of an old melancholy feeling start to bubble up. Sending my kids back to school was never something that made me happy. It served as an end to carefree days and late evenings, to swimming, camping and playing but more than anything it served as a marker that another precious year had passed….

It is fitting that I now work in schools and get to experience “The First Day of School” with hundreds of students and parents every year.… Visit the author's original post

E2 in 500 Words or less…

Okay so more like 1500….but even that was a challenge!

Tuesday Arrival

Two weeks ago, I boarded a plane and flew five hours to Redmond, Washington to begin what would be one of the most amazing professional experiences of my life. The Microsoft E2 Exchange attendees converged from 87 countries, 250 strong with excitement, energy and excellence. Upon arrival, I quickly checked into the Courtyard Bellevue and joined some of what would be my new friends (did I mention I knew no one!!)
on the bus heading to the Microsoft Campus to take MCE exams.
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E2 in 500 Words or less…

Okay so more like 1500….but even that was a challenge!

Tuesday Arrival


Two weeks ago, I boarded a plane and flew five hours to Redmond, Washington to begin what would be one of the most amazing professional experiences of my life. The Microsoft E2 Exchange attendees converged from 87 countries, 250 strong with excitement, energy and excellence. Upon arrival, I quickly checked into the Courtyard Bellevue and joined some of what would be my new friends (did I mention I knew no one!!) on the bus heading to the Microsoft Campus to take MCE exams.… Visit the author's original post

And You May Ask Yourself Well…How Did I Get Here?

The lyrics are from a song by the Talking Heads titled Once in a Lifetime…. They describe my thoughts as I over pack and unpack (an obsessive compulsion I have had for a lifetime) in preparation for the Microsoft in Education E2 Global Educator Exchange. Thinking back to last June when I attended my 2nd Microsoft Innovative Educator certification workshop where my tech twin, @fredawilliams and I were introduced to 21st Century Learning Design. Josh Sawyer was the lead trainer and did an enthusiastic job of challenging everyone with new material, rubrics and a sneak peek at some new Microsoft tools.Visit the author's original post

And You May Ask Yourself Well…How Did I Get Here?

The lyrics are from a song by the Talking Heads titled Once in a Lifetime…. They describe my thoughts as I over pack and unpack (an obsessive compulsion I have had for a lifetime) in preparation for the Microsoft in Education E2 Global Educator Exchange. Thinking back to last June when I attended my 2nd Microsoft Innovative Educator certification workshop where my tech twin, @fredawilliams and I were introduced to 21st Century Learning Design. Josh Sawyer was the lead trainer and did an enthusiastic job of challenging everyone with new material, rubrics and a sneak peek at some new Microsoft tools.Visit the author's original post

Can People under 4 feet Tall SWAY?

After being introduced to SWAY in our Holly Springs Elementary STEM MIE certification course, a first grade tremendous trio, Ms. Hemphill, Ms. Hausler and Ms. Russell approached me about working with their first graders on a project. I said, “YES!!!!!!!” Remember, first graders are usually under 4 feet tall and under the age of 7! Students researched animals in Ms. Hemphill’s class and famous Americans in Ms. Hausler and Russell’s class using PebbleGo, a subscription service our district provides for pre-K to grade 3 database for reading and research. Visit the author's original post

Can People under 4 feet Tall SWAY?

After being introduced to SWAY in our Holly Springs Elementary STEM MIE certification course, a first grade tremendous trio, Ms. Hemphill, Ms. Hausler and Ms. Russell approached me about working with their first graders on a project. I said, “YES!!!!!!!” Remember, first graders are usually under 4 feet tall and under the age of 7! Students researched animals in Ms. Hemphill’s class and famous Americans in Ms. Hausler and Russell’s class using PebbleGo, a subscription service our district provides for pre-K to grade 3 database for reading and research. Visit the author's original post

Learning Agility and the 21st Century Work Force

steIn early March I attended and presented at The Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Participants including educators, students, industry professionals and research institutions were invited from all USG colleges and universities, private higher education institutions within the state, industry, research institutions, and local area K-12 schools. The conference focused on STEM Initiative whose goals include: promoting K-12 student preparation for and interest in majoring in STEM fields in college; increasing the success of STEM majors in college; and producing more and better science and mathematics teachers for K-12 schools.… Visit the author's original post

Learning Agility and the 21st Century Work Force

steIn early March I attended and presented at The Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Participants included educators, students, industry professionals and research institutions who were invited from all USG colleges and universities, private higher education institutions within the state, industry, research institutions, and local area K-12 schools. The conference focused on STEM Initiative whose goals include: promoting K-12 student preparation for and interest in majoring in STEM fields in college; increasing the success of STEM majors in college; and producing more and better science and mathematics teachers for K-12 schools.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post by Sandi Adams, Microsoft Innovative Educator: A Day in the Life with Office 365

Teacher Sandi Adams is a Microsoft Innovative Educator who shares her tips for using Office 365 in the classroom. Read these real-life tips on how students from fourth grade to high school graduation are creating projects using Office 365. Teachers and students are sharing documents, easily collaborating, and teachers can grade and edit comments. Students are preparing for the workforce and actively learning digital responsibility each day.

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A Day in the Life with Office 365

On a typical morning in Ms. Ingrams fifth grade classroom, students enter the classroom, log on to their laptop or learning device and head straight to Office 365. Most had edited a biography PowerPoint class assignment from home and were anxious to tweak their final product before presenting. Others checked email in Outlook for assignment updates from teachers and looked over notes in One Note for an upcoming quiz.20150108_150829242_iOS

Student life “in the cloud” means no forgotten papers, lost homework, corrupt or washed flash drives or any one of a dozen common excuses given for not having an assignment.Visit the author's original post

A Day in the Life with Office 365

On a typical morning in Ms. Ingram fifth grade classroom, students enter the classroom, log on to their laptop or learning device and head straight to Office 365. Most had edited a biography PowerPoint class assignment from home and were anxious to tweak their final product before presenting. Others checked email in Outlook for assignment updates from teachers and looked over notes in One Note for an upcoming quiz.20150108_150829242_iOS

Student life “in the cloud” means no forgotten papers, lost homework, corrupt or washed flash drives or any one of a dozen common excuses given for not having an assignment.Visit the author's original post

Guest Post by Sandi Adams, Microsoft Innovative Educator: Everything You Wanted to Know about Certifying an Entire School as Microsoft Innovative Educators but were Afraid to Ask

After attended a training course sponsored by Microsoft about 21st Century Learning Design, one teacher decided to bring the training and tools back to her entire school. After getting her hands on some Microsoft tools for teachers, she had an idea of certifying the entire school and providing 20 hours of professional development centering on the Microsoft Innovative Educator concept. And that was just the beginning. Read Sandi Adams story and get inspired about what you have the power to do too.… Visit the author's original post

Everything You Wanted to Know About Certifying an Entire School as Microsoft Innovative Educators but Were Afraid to Ask…

After attending the refresher MIE course in Atlanta focused on 21st Century Learning Design and getting my hands on some of the new tools for teachers, a plan began to form. Approaching my STEM Academy Principals with the idea of certifying the entire school and providing 20 hours of professional development centering on the MIE concept was just the beginning.

Wanting the focus and journey to be completely immersed in OneNote for the duration, I began to build a shared MIE OneNote notebook personalized for the school.Visit the author's original post

Everything You Wanted to Know About Certifying an Entire School as Microsoft Innovative Educators but Were Afraid to Ask…

After attending the refresher MIE course in Atlanta focused on 21st Century Learning Design and getting my hands on some of the new tools for teachers, a plan began to form. Approaching my STEM Academy Principals with the idea of certifying the entire school and providing 20 hours of professional development centering on the MIE concept was just the beginning.

Wanting the focus and journey to be completely immersed in OneNote for the duration, I began to build a shared MIE OneNote notebook personalized for the school.Visit the author's original post

Sandi Adams

Technology Project Specialist Woodstock, Georgia

My name is Sandi and my focus is on district STEM and Fine Arts Academies. Training teachers and working with students in the classroom to integrate 21st century learning design with learning is my passion.

I am on a mission is to market the district adoption of Office 365 and all of the amazing tools that are a part of it and certifying teachers as Microsoft Innovative Educators. I am super excited to graduate an entire school as Microsoft Innovative Educators in February 2015!… Visit the author's original post