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  • Andrew T Schwab 7:05 am on August 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My #edCampSFBay 2016 Reflection 

    edCampSFBay

    I was reminded this weekend why I love edcamps so much.

    After a challenging few weeks in a new role, I was very much looking forward to a relaxing weekend of sleeping in and tinkering around the house when a calendar pop up reminded me that edCampSFBay was less than 12 hours away.

    I took one look at the 8am start time, quickly backwards mapped the 40 minute drive up to Notre Dame High School and figured I’d have to wake up around 6:30 to get their in time for coffee and bagels. On a Saturday. After a long week of back to school.

    I started coming up with excuses not to go but seeing how I’d missed the last few edCampSFBays, I set the alarm, woke up early on Saturday and headed out for an edCamp, SFBay style.

    I’m glad I did. From 8-3 (and for about an hour more at the after party), I was reminded why edCamps are awesome. I had a chance to catch up with some #eduawesome folks in the morning, sat in on a session about flexible learning environments and makerspaces in one of Notre Dame’s pilot furniture classrooms, caught another session about using Video academically with the one and only @rushtonh and then was in a great session about learning support for ELL, SPED and GATE students. All this before lunch!

    Over lunch I had a chance to connect with two educators about their makerspace programs, who I will be connecting our STEAM folks with immediately. After lunch, I sat in on a fascinating session about teaching reading and differentiation for literacy. I also bumped into a couple teachers from my district and may have said yes to a few requests…

    ProTip

    Rather than being tired at the end of the day, I was refreshed. A day of sharing and learning was just what I needed to reflect and recharge for the days ahead. Far from being an exercise in effort (although getting there took some), edcamp was a welcome state of mind.

    If you are an educator and you’ve never been to an edCamp before, go. If you’re like me and it’s been a while, go. CUE Rockstar Camps and big conferences like ISTE are cool, but there’s just something about sitting in a room having a conversation and sharing ideas that’s so darn powerful.

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    • rebecca girard 12:24 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Andrew, I’m so glad you could come. This was one of the most valuable EdCamps experiences I have had. The educators were all so dedicated and passionate about teaching and learning. I spent 8+ hours making connections, learning tips and tricks, and forming new ideas. I would love to stay connected as your district and my school continue to change our learning spaces with different furniture!

  • Andrew T Schwab 6:49 pm on August 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Goals for Kid1 

    This question was on a back to school parent form from one of Kid1’s teachers. My wife asked me to fill it out…

    Goals for Kid1

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 9:56 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Inbox Zero Update 

    It’s been almost two months since I wrote about my Inbox Zero experiment and I am happy to share that I’m consistently hitting Inbox Zero every day. It does take some work but as an added benefit, I’ve been limiting my “email processing” to 2-3 times during the day so I am not constantly stuck in email all day (I do respond in real time from my phone, however). The system held up during a conference, which is usually when I get buried, keeps the weekend email manageable and survived a flood of back to school emails. I cleared out all my backlogged Stars and now use them for those high profile action items. I’ve also added a few To Do labels for my team so I can follow up on assigned tasks (team task management is the next big thing to crack). My “Needs Action” label has been working great. It’s the first place I go in the morning to see what I can knock out and it’s the last place I go in the evening to see what’s on the plate for the next day.

    Of course, just as I figure out all this Inbox management stuff, Google goes ahead and finally announces Inbox for GAFE accounts, classic…

    I like the system I’m using now. It’s simple and it works. If the Gmail app for Android supported Send+Archive, I think it might be perfect. I’m in no hurry to jump into Inbox right away. Maybe I’ll enable it on my personal Gmail account (cause it’s still a mess) and give it a go there.

     

     
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