Tech Forum Texas

Conference Website - http://www.techlearning.com/events/techforum/texas12/overview


Reading, Writing, & Wikis Table Discussion - Slides & resources

Professional Learning Revisited - Becoming a Connected Educator and B.Y.O.L. with Social Media (slides & resources)



"Technology should be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible." Chris Lehmann

During my sessions I make recommendations for a number of books that provide deeper exploration of the topics we discussed. Here are all of the books (and a few more) that I reference during my sessions:



About Stephanie Sandifer


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Stephanie Sandifer is an educator with nearly 20 years of experience educating children and adults at all levels. As a K-12 and college-level educator she has over 16 years of experience in the classroom — face-to-face and online in virtual school settings. Additionally, she has 10 years of experience in leadership roles that encompass a wide range of school administration and curriculum/instructional leadership including the development, delivery & facilitation of professional development.

Driven by a desire to be creative and innovative in her role as an educator, Stephanie has continuously worked to stay current with emerging technologies and their applications in the classroom and in administrative/leadership activities. She has always made use of the newest technologies to enhance and support instruction & learning in her classrooms, in collaborative professional work, and in all professional development activities that she has developed & facilitated.

Stephanie lives in Houston, Texas, and works from home as an online educator, author, professional development provider, and consultant. She shares her life with three young children, a very supportive partner, two yellow labs, and two cats.

Contact or Connect

email: stephaniedsandifer@gmail.com
Twitter: ssandifer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieDSandifer
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Lagniappe for Everyone


The following links, tips, and information is just "a little something extra" for everyone attending any one of my sessions. These are resources and tools that I find useful in my daily work as an online educator and as a lead technology coach in the Houston area. I hope you find one or more of these helpful in your work!

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My Diigo Bookmarks


Sscajun's Favorite Links from Diigo
Connected Learning
Tags: technology Books curation textbook etextbooks edtech ...

Infographic cheat sheet of EdTech buzzwords Tags: technology leadership edtech learning education ...

My own takeaway from the workshop is the tremendous importance of breaking the "technology silos" in schools. We need fewer technology plans, and more learning plans that incorporate technology. We need fewer technology projects, and more projects...

In a sense, this is not a new concept at all, particularly for primary schools, as kids are hands-on and experimental in their classroom experiences. What I particularly find attractive about makerspace culture is that it responds to, and perhaps ...

Tags: low tech classroom web2.0 blogging blog technology learning ...

I think the best flipped classrooms work because they spend most of their time creating, evaluating and analyzing. In a sense we’re creating the churn, the friction for the brain, rather than solely focusing on acquiring rote knowledge. The flip...

...the founder of the most popular community in our directory talks about effective moderation, sustainability, building-level communities, and much, much more... Tags: community learning...

Mobile devices, tablets and apps could become mainstream with education in a year or less, according to the "2012 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition." Tags: emerging technologies ...

Tags: oer opencontent collaboration opensource curriculum resources ...

"If I was Alec Couros, Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Steve Hargadon, or any of the thousands of K-12 educators that have been pushing for networked/connected learning for years (in Will’s case, more than a decade), I’d be fairly irritated to have ...

"Announcing a new way to use video to create customized lessons: the “Flip This Lesson” feature from TED-Ed, now in beta at ed.ted.com. With this feature, educators can use, tweak, or completely redo any video lesson featured on TED-Ed, or cre...

"Open Educational Resources come in many shapes and sizes. This partial list of sources introduces the scope of OER and the organizations cultivating its increasingly vital role in opening higher education up to the greatest number of people world...

"But the culture of schools is driven by standardization – common core standards, standardized curriculum, standardized tests. I appreciate creativity-based projects within school time such as Google 20% Project, Fedex days, and Identity Days, bu...

Tags: education disruption disruptive innovation May 2012

Tags: leadership lessons leadership Steve Jobs education innovation

Usefull walkthrough format using GDocs Tags: leadership walkthroughs ipad googleapps googledocs ...

This article will show how schools may take advantage of these electronic networks to raise a generation of free range students — young people capable of navigating through a complex, often disorganized information landscape while making up their ...

The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, the unscrupulous and the pretentious, and can neutralize the sway of an unsupported argument. This is a skill mo...

Image of a word cloud (using Wordle) that I create during SXSWedu 2012 to use in my session on the last day of the conference. Tags: professional learning Wordle ...

Tags: professional learning twitter research learning SXSWedu