#ETCoaches…My first online book study & slow Twitter chat

In the world of educational technology, things are always changing: blog posts are being posted daily, tweets are being sent out every second, and from time to time, the EdTech world can seem overwhelming with the pressure of staying on top of all these changes and updates.

Thanks to the #ETCoaches slow Twitter chat and book study, I feel that these resources have helped me get my ideas organized and helped me refocus, using Twitter as a tool to stay current with the trends of educational technology and innovation. Participating in this online #ETCoaches book study and slow Twitter chat has forced me to be more structured with the time I spend online, with my reading before bedtime, and with how I organize what I learn in the sessions. This structure has also helped me come up with a Social Media Routine, something that I had been trying to establish for the past few years.

Now that my first book study on “Integrating Technology in the Classroom” by … has wrapped up, I have found another book study to participate in. This one will be discussing “The Innovators Mindset” by George Couros. And once that one is done, I will try and find another one. Why? Because not only are you connecting with educators around the world building your PLN, but it creates accountability in your reading and encourages you to reflect. We all have busy days, but like managing working full time and studying, or building a workout in your day, with proper planning and organization, you can make time and build this into your schedule.

If you have never considered an online book study, or are not currently participating in any online Twitter chats, I highly encourage you to start participating in one. I can’t even begin to explain how all of this participation, learning, and connecting has transformed me into a more knowledgeable and reflective leader in the field of EdTech & innovation. Furthermore, the spark has been lit back up in myself as I feel like I am now “on top” of things again.

Thank you online EdTech & Innovation Twitter world!

My participation in the #ETCoaches arose from the following snowball effect:
Innovators Mindset > Miracle Morning > Goal of becoming more active in Twitter Chats > Discovering and participating in #ETCoaches Slow Twitter Chat > More structured Social Media Schedule > Still to come: Better organization of my ideas and content for teachers with the creation of an online newsletter.

 

Creating my social media routine to become a networked educator

For years I have struggled with getting a routine down for spending time on Twitter each day. However, thanks to my Miracle Morning Routine, where I start the day off with 10 minutes each morning on Twitter, and with the encouragement to be a role model to the educators around my school, my 10 minutes a day has slowly grown into something bigger, and more organized.

Here is what my social media routine for Twitter now looks like:

🌅  Morning

I start my day off with 10 minutes on Twitter, simply scrolling on Twitter to learn about what others are doing in their classrooms. During this time, I bookmark “read later” articles with Pocket and I save “must share” items for the classroom in Google Keep. I also re-tweet and comment on others posts, and share tweet items to the teachers from my school for us to discuss during out 1:1 meetings.

👩‍💻  Day-time

My daily schedule is never the same; however, I’ve still made it a daily goal to tweet out at least once a day to share how EdTech & Innovation is being integrated into the classroom around my school. To achieve this, I’ve started to carve out more time to visit classrooms and take pictures of students in action with their learning. When taking pictures of students, I always ask them for permission, and if the timing is appropriate, I will ask students what they are doing in order to share authentic words and thoughts from the students. During my 1:1 meetings with the school’s Innovation Reps, I ask teachers to show or share with me any exciting projects they are working on with their students. I take photos and notes during these meetings, and then post images and information once I get back to my office.

🌆  Evening

Thanks to my dedicated 10 minutes in the morning on Twitter, I stumbled upon a Twitter Book Study offered through ISTE that posts a different discussion question to respond to each day. Therefore, in the evenings, I participate in the #ETCoaches discussion, by answering the daily question and responding and interacting with others on this feed.

In addition, I make the effort to visit my TweetDeck, where I have created a feed that follows all the educators in my school who are on Twitter. This allows me to stay current with everything that’s going on at my school.

Thanks to the inspiring message of George Couros,

“What if all teachers tweeted one thing a day that they did in their classroom to a school hashtag, and they took five minutes out of their day to read each other’s tweets? What impact would that have on learning and school culture?”

during the Innovation Rep meeting at the beginning of January, we created a school hashtag #JeSuisCFIS and several teachers decided that they would like to join Twitter and share student learning with the community. To encourage and support them, I re-tweet and respond to their tweets.

Next steps…

Though I am very happy with my progress so far, I would still like to become a little more proactive in certain Twitter chats and follow some more common EdTech & Innovation #hashtags. I feel that by doing this, my morning Twitter time will be more concentrated on
a) being more active in the EdTech & Innovation environment, and b) my learning on Twitter will be more focused, maximizing the amount of ideas and project examples I am able to collect to share with the teachers at my school.

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If you have any suggestions of EdTech & Innovation #hashtags to follow, please let me know. I am also curious to know how you stay on top of being a networked educator.

Starting my day off right with The Miracle Morning!

For months, “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod has sat on my bedside table staring up at me. However, as the days passed by, I (embarrassingly) never made the time to read this inspiring and life-changing book, until the days turned cold, and the Christmas holidays arrived.

Once I began reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and sat cuddled up on the couch until I was done.

Following the completion of the book, I joined the Facebook group, I read through all the .pdf’s that were emailed to me, I completed my goals for 2017, and then I planned out my Miracle Morning by looking at how I could incorporate achieving some of my goals into it.

For those that are not familiar with The Miracle Morning, the beauty of it is that it is based on what Hal calls the life S.A.V.E.R.S, creating a foundation to help you build a morning that will help you get focused, stay healthy, and to get you energized for the day.

S. silence
A. affirmations
V. visualization
E. exercise
R. reading
S. scribe

This is what I ended coming up with for my Miracle Morning:

  1. To begin my day with calm thoughts, I will start my day off with 10 minutes of meditation using the Calm app.
  2. Following my meditation, I will read out loud the daily affirmation, provided by the Affirmation app, and save those that speak to me on my affirmations page that I created on Pinterest.
  3. I will visualize achieving my goals as I read through my vision board, that I created with Canva. This vision board is divided into several sections: Health, relationship, financial goals, professional goals, personal goals, travel goals, and friendships.
  4. Once I have done visualizing my goals, I will then spend 10 minutes on Twitter, to be able to stay current with trends in Educational Technology & Innovation. During these 10 minutes, I will re-tweet posts and share specific tweets with staff members who are also on Twitter, as well as save articles to read later onto Pocket and bookmark items I would like to share with educators onto Google Keep.
  5. I will then get my body moving and complete 20-30 minutes of exercise with a combination of strength training, cardio, and other exercises.
  6. I will then finish the last 10 minutes of my miracle morning routine with a cup of coffee, my laptop, and my blog. My goal is to try and write approximately one blog post a week. This has been a goal of mine for many years, and I finally have time carved into the day to work on my blog.

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Since reading this book, I have shared it with my sister, talked about my Miracle Morning with my colleagues, and will continue to promote and share the book as a gift with my friends and family.

If you have never heard of The Miracle Morning, I highly encourage you to check it out. It is an easy read, and will certainly change your perspective of the importance of creating an effective morning routine.