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Weekend Rejuvenation

Tom and Mike podcasting from IACUE Tech Fair 2018

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I work hard on the weekdays, eight hours a day of helping, troubleshooting and innovating, and I find myself most Fridays looking forward to some rest and relaxation on the weekends to help charge my batteries up for the coming week. In the teaching profession though, we know that the weekend can bring more work in the way of grading and planning and prepping for the weeks to come. It is just the life of a teacher.

But this weekend, my time was spent travelling almost 200 miles and taking part on some of the best and most rejuvenating part of my job, presenting and attending conference.

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Holiday Cheer

It’s the holiday season, and I love this time of year. I taught high school English for over 15 years, and during that time, one of my favorite things to do this time of year was to break out the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. It is a favorite


because of one of the interpretations you can read into the poem that connects directly to the holiday season. Here is the poem:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

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Conference Overview- California Educational Technology Professionals Association, Pasadena, Ca Nov. 14-17, 2017

Astronaut Fun! Overall take on the conference

Tom’s Take Away- John Morgan and the One thing they did at Capo Unified to make their PD great and timely and applicable to their whole organization

Mike’s Take Away-1:1 Rollouts by other districts, Andrew Schwab, wireless shoutout (Unite, Apple TV, AirTame, ScreenBeam, NovoPro), Capstone w/ Capo USD, Future Ready (Rocklin, Pomona, Davis school districts)

Exhibit Hall Madness!

IACUE Presentation and what to expect and how to visit us

Flipgrid Ambassador and licenses


One Thing at a time

A few months ago, I read a book called “The One Thing” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and found myself enchanted by the seemingly simple ways to keep focus and to really work on being better One Thing at a time. It was a great read and I was able to adapt some of the ideas into my workflow and work ethic to make my life and work a little more focused and deliberate.

But recently I attended CETPA 2017, and went to a session by Dr.  John Morgan, Director of EdTech for Capistrano Unified that changed the way I viewed the book and the way I am now approaching teacher training for my district.

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TTTP055- Black Friday Special

Black Friday and Cyber Monday