- Mercy had to commit to 85% of its teachers becoming Apple Distinguished Teachers
- The school had to submit a multi-touch book which addressed five different areas of innovation using technology.
The Apple Distinguished School program required two major application components:
As a newly minted Apple Distinguished School 2017-19, It will be exciting to host Mercy K-12 Tech Talk for Educators on November 3. Like the application process for ADS, this event is a huge team effort. The coordinators for the event are Ann Lusch and Lisa Robinet. And of course Tech Innovation Team and Maintenance crew go all out for the conference. In addition we have twenty-five iWizards and staff assisting.
Once again we will be hosting attending educators and presenters throughout the region. And once again the event will consist of a keynote address, four hours of workshops, presentations, and panels as selected by attendees; as well as 2 meals a raffle and possible continuing ed credit. We offer this for the subsidized cost of $50 due to our many Tech Talk sponsors.
But new to Tech Talk this year are the following:
If you can't attend follow the action on Twitter with this hashtag: #mhtt17
On September 21 the iWizards participated in Global Collaboration Day and staged an event in order to launch a discussion of a global project with other student tech teams.The event was staged at the International Student Tech Team Hub. During the event they enjoyed hanging out with a team at Pinch Elementary in West Virginia.
The Hub was built by the iWizards last year and has members from six countries and fifteen states. iWizards have contacted the other teams and urged them to fill out a project survey and participate on their FlipGrid as well as on Twitter at #Hubprojchat Visit the Hub and the iWizards' activity pages at http://techteamhub.weebly.com/
This August and September I have become passionate about podcasts. As a teacher I am thrilled by the way it has enriched my Shakespeare class. As and administrator I am excited about how it has connected stakeholders to the school in a meaningful way. As a life-long learner the experience enriches my life.
ShakenbakeCast is a collection of interviews with actors, academics, directors, movie makers stage managers and assorted experts on Shakespeare. I have woven the interviews into by course curriculum for the Shakespeare class but the series is also intended to serve a broader audience of Shakespeare lovers. Most recently I interviewed two independent film makers who have made a movie of Love's Labour's Lost at a boarding school. They have just released a new trailer of the film and are thrilled by their project. It was great fun to chat with them about a film that is aimed a young audience like my students.
Accent on Mercy Alumnae
Accent on Mercy Alumnae was inspired by Shakespeare interviewees. Two of them were former students who earned doctorates in Early Modern English. I thought it a shame to limit my interviews to alumnae Shakespeare experts and thought it would be fun to "catch up" with other alumnae-- classical musicians, entrepreneurs, CEOs of non-profits, etc. It is also gratifying to do this in partnership with Julie Earle (MHS Communications) and Margaret Kurpiers (MHS Alumnae Office).
At the recommendation of educators/podcasters Derek Rhodenizer and Jethro Jones, I have used Zencastr for these audio interviews. I do some mixing in GarageBand and then upload to SoundCloud. I can then use the RSS feed to podcast on iTunes where anyone can subscribe. This is much simpler then it sounds. In fact I am considering a presentation at MHS Tech Talk for K-12 Educators on "Feeling Podcastic!"
This school year Mercy will be hosting its fifth annual Tech Talk for K-12 Educators. We have moved the conference to November for the first time, so planning began over the summer. I have not minded a bit. The collaborations involved are rewarding and fun-- I have the opportunity to scheme, plan, and share with so many fine people. Check out this incomplete list:
I completed a summer project that turned out to be more time consuming than I anticipated. I attempted to touch base with all 90 contributors to this web site.
Overall, it was gratifying as I formed some new connections in the process and also gained some great new resources. As part of the project I added more detailed identifications to each contributor at the site including home towns and states, provinces, etc. This really shows the breadth of contributions.
I was surprised at how many of my contributors moved to other positions. "Sadly" (for me) some of my connections are not longer building administrators, and while their contributions are not immediately dated, I am holding fast to my criterion of maintaining a current collection from those who labor in the trenches, as this makes the collection unique (and more credible). I will phase these resource out as I find replacements.
Lastly I was inspired to add a couple new ones of my own. I am particularly pleased to show how I am using Google Hangouts for PD that benefits me and 300 regional educators. Check it out and please promote Becoming a Digital School Administrator.
We have just submitted a brand new multi-touch book to Apple, Inc. which captures Mercy educational technology. We are anxious to publish it to iBooks but will not do so until Apple finishes a review.
Composing and pulling together together this book has been a huge collaborative project and has actually yielded some new conversations and products, including
It is possible that the the maintenance team is the most digitally operational team in the building. Besides using HVAC controls that can be operated by phone, most of the team's communication is app based.
Assoc Principal. ADE '09. Presents on PD, tech teams, admin tech. Moderator of iWizards. Founded Tech Talk at MHS. Love family, sports, cycling, music. @labcbaker