Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beautiful Birchbox, Curated Goodies, & Bling!

Sure, I usually blog about technology, geeky stuff, and libraries... but beneath it all the Daring Librarian is a girlie girl who likes bling & beauty products!  So, in the spirit of this holiday season, if you don't know what to get your gal or if you love getting pretty stuffs in the mail each month, let me introduce you to Birchbox!
Basically, for only $10 a month, you receive a collection of beauty products (some sample size & some full size) and it's always a surprise. The fun in this? You never know what you're getting AND it allows you to try a product before you invest a ton of money in something without knowing if you'll like it or not.  Genius, I know. There's also a subscription for the guys in your life! So get that metro-sexual dude of yours great grooming products!
From the site: "Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch."
Here's a special VIP invite link for Birchbox -  you may still have to wait a few weeks for confirmation but once you do, you or your gal will get a special box of beauty products & goodies every month!
I've also binged & subscribed to the The New Beauty Test Tube (More cha-ching but also more products!) offered through QVC.  -- Here's what that looks like delivered! From the site: the Test Tube includes a "collection of some of the hottest and most in-demand products in beauty. In this tube, you'll receive the current issue of NewBeauty magazine, along with a mix of full-sized, travel-sized, and deluxe-sized samples from philosophy, Mally, bliss, Laura Geller, smashbox, Josie Maran, Ojon, and Algenist."

There's an Auto-Delivery plan available (I also bought a subscription for my favourite Auntie Lynn last year!) that averages $37.00 a delivery 3-4 times a year. It's sadly not available now (though I got in on it earlier this year and joined a second year!) but it's a whole lotta fun to get these deliveries. You can also cancel at any time.
I am not a fan of lip gloss - too sticky for me! So I always give my GF Debbie the lip glosses - I also have teacher friends who like certain things so if I get a duplicate (rare) or something that's not my colour or style I can pass it along & make a friend smile! YAY!

Now let's talk bling! Of course I love Tiffany, pearls, diamonds, and funky custom jewelry -- (in fact, I have a few artists on who design drusy & other delights for me!) The antique bisque china doll head necklace pictured is a favourite of mine - designed by Louise Black of Project Runway fame.
I also adore fine fashion jewelry (one step up from costume - using precious metals) and for there I go to Ross Simons - they have amazing selections, estate jewelry, great customer service and prices WAY BETTER than brick & mortar mall jewelers. NEVER GO TO JARED!  Jared is a joke and way overpriced!

Ross Simons has great deals, clearance prices,  & I love getting their gorgous catalogs for my water closet reading.

Here's an example: a Set of Seven Multicolored Pearl Bracelets for $29.00! That's much a better deal than you can get at the mall!

To vicariously see a small sampling of my Self-Indulgent Fripperies check out my Flickr gallery. Created for both insurance purposes & to share pics with my afore mentioned Auntie Lynn who is MY diamond guru, mentor, & expert!

Cheers dears & enjoy the season - may it be filled with family & friends, light & love, sparkly ideas, fun & joy! 

What are your favourite beauty tips, daring deals, shiny baubles, & pretty pieces? Love your comments!

The Small Print:
Full disclosure about the VIP bonus link for Birchbox - when I joined I had to wait a month to get accepted - using this link gets you ahead of the rabble - so you get a VIP invite & I get bonus points. Win/Win!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gotcha Back: An Anti-Bullying Video

Gotcha Back!
 I want to share this amazing video that one of our outstanding, talented, amazing, adorable - ok, I'm a bit of a fan grrl for Denise Adams our new MHMS Guidance Counselor. (Ms. Shuman's pretty cool, too!)  She did this video all by herself! W00t! (With a little help from her kids!;-) Starring our awesome Murray Hill Middle School kiddos.

She used a stop action sports setting on her camera to get the step-effect of the photos. We have an anti-bullying PBIS campaign going in our school and this video supports it wonderfully - and it gets me a little choked up..."I'm all farklempt!"

Here's the video link on the SchoolTubes and the embedded vid below in case the YouTubes are blocked in your district or the embed doesn't work for you!  
If it's important, FIND A WAY - to be a How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!

Imma B
Another GREAT video for PBIS is this inspiring one from Nashville, TN!  It espouses a real positive message that appeals to my kids, too!  (It's adorable!) As stated on the vimeo page:
"This video was written, directed, produced, and edited by Mr. Rob Dennis from John Early Magnet Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee. Imma Be features several students from the John Early Student Body, and promotes a very positive message for meeting expectations and dreaming big!"
We at MHMS created an activity and lesson plan on our Wikipage   based on this video!  I also took a screenshot from the video & used PicMonkey to make a header. (Of course that screenshot was in the library!)

Imma Be from Michael Kennedy on Vimeo.

Fun side story:  I was so impressed with this video that I wanted to track down the creators & tell em so! So I Googled (of course!) and found the Teacher Librarian at the school where this was shot to let her know that we used it and how awesome we thought it was -it was a shot in the dark! This was my letter:
Somehow my assistant principal stumbled across the video that was made at your school called Imma Be and we're using it for a PBIS lesson! I just wanted to compliment you as several of the scenes took place in  your lovely library & the video ROCKED!

Here's the Wikispace page I created for this lesson centered around your awesome vid!

I hear Rob Dennis is no longer at the school but I just wanted to say
Thank you!!!

~Gwyneth Jones - MHMS
And a few days later I got this back!
"Good afternoon!  Thank you so much for your compliments on the video.  We actually made it a few years ago.  I helped out with the lyrics and some of the scenes.  It was fun and the students really got into it.  I love your lesson, and I’ll have to visit your wiki again as I see a lot of useful information there!

Thanks again!!!

Amanda Tucker
Library Media Specialist
John Early Museum Magnet Middle School 

Rob Dennis's profile photoAND then......I got in my gmail account THIS email from Rob Dennis! W00t!

Hello Ms. Jones!
So I googled the Imma be video and can't believe it's being used by a school all the way in Maryland! That is so cool! (Not to mention you look like the coolest librarian in the entire world!)  [[[heh heh aww shucks!]]]

I am honored that the video I made to help keep our kids doing the right thing is having such a big impact.
You Rock!

Mr. Dennis

Isn't that the coolest? That's how our PLN grows, right? AND it says something about shameless sharing, open collaboration, professional generosity of spirit. Letting people know you're using their stuff, giving them props (full attribution!), complimenting them on their hard work, paying it forward...well, it's a good thing!

I sadly came across the opposite of this a few days ago...a teacher who had a threat on every page of her website. 

It made me sad, I sorta want to reach out to her to try & win her over to our side...the side of open collaboration and creative commons. To convince her that the more you give the more you get and threats aren't the way to go.  I haven't done it yet, I may even blog about it because it's the antithesis of my credo. It's ANTI-Daring! And it's a downer...after the holidays, methinks!

So let's focus on the positive! Gotcha Back and Imma B rules and threatening other teachers drools! LOL

ps. I never did find out who Michael Kennedy was...the guy who uploaded the Imma B video..but whoever you are, thank you!  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Edublog Opining, Mentoring, & Haters

Ain't it grand? Freedom of speech, blogs... opinions? The ability to mouth off & share?
Buckle up dear readers, this is a wordy one...I'm gonna opine! Whether one person or one thousand reads it - I think very fact that we can publish to the WORLD freely our thoughts & ideas without license or permission... THAT my dear friends is a true definition of Web 2.0h,  the read write web. And I reckon, THIS is what we should be celebrating not hating on the nomination & voting process of Edublog Awards OR #Eddies12!
I've gotta say being recognized for what ya do feels grand. It would be a load of BS to say otherwise, right? And though being included as a finalist after being nominated by your peers is heady stuff - it's the very fact that WE CAN EFFIN WRITE whatever the hell heck we want to write is the real winner.
For a matter of fact the Edublogs is quite democratic & anyone, anywhere in the world can nominate any blog! It's not an American award, it's a worldwide award!
I've written before about why the Edublog Awards mean so much to me - for building my PLN & I won't repeat it. So, here is my shameless campaign for your vote for me (of course! ;-) and the people nominated who I think deserve the recognition! Though I gotta say, posting this less than 24 hours before the voting deadline means it can't be that much of a hard sell campaign, right? Don't answer that yet!
Best Individual Blog 
It's a first time nom for me for this category and I gotta say WOW! I know I sometimes blog more about tech stuffs than strictly librarian stuffs but I was dead honored to have made this list. So yeah, I'll ask for your vote on this! Cheers! Other amazing noms in this category are SO numerous and amazing that I'm frankly gobsmacked!*

  • NeverEndingSearch – Joyce Valenza
  • Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom – Steven Anderson  
  • Teacher Reboot Camp – Shelly Terrell
  • A Principal’s Reflections – Eric Sheninger
  • Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom – Steven Anderson
  • Cool Cat Teacher – Vicki Davis
  • Free Technology for Teachers – Richard Byrne
  • Langwitches Blog – Silvia Tolisano
  • Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
  • Practical Theory – Chris Lehmann
  • The Daring Librarian – Gwyneth Jones (what!?)
  • The Principal of Change – George Couros

  • Great Advice About Kids Blogging... About Kids Blogging
    From Sylvia's amazing blog Langwitches - I found this brilliant idea about Student & Classroom blogs: "....share the classroom blog and student blog list with your students. Let them audit each one, noting components that they like and don’t like. Let them review and articulate their findings and most importantly let them vote for their favorites."

    Here are my two extra cents.  Have the kiddos rate the quality of the writing, authentic voice, variety of topics, creative graphics (!), the posting frequency (have they really blogged lately?) including my pet peev, NOT apologizing for not blogging lately and maybe then have them come up with a random catch-all "likeability" honor! Kids dig that.
    Have the kiddos:
    • create a rubric as a group for judging blogs.
    • choose a favourite & do a laptop gallery walk.
    • defend their choice & giving examples.
    This will encourage kids to read, teach, & learn about blogging! simple and obvious yet so elegant! A wonderful way to teach great blogging & informative reading at the same time!  Do you smell that? Oh yeah....that's some Common Core cooking, baby!

    Mentoring and the Best Librarian Blog
    Sheesh, this is a pickle, right? I mean, whoda thunk it years ago I would even be ON a list with people like this? It's like the Who's Who in the flippin Library world! Of course always a bridesmaid and never a bride! I've been nominated a couple times since I started this blog but I've never won. It would be cool to win, I can't lie.  This year I was blown away when I saw that the amazing (and slightly intimidating) Carolyn Foote of the award winning blog Not So Distant Future nominated me! WOW! I finally met her (after Tweeting for years!) at #ISTE12 and I have to confess I was unaccountably tongue-tied in her presence! Anyway....this blew me away! Humbled to the point where I feel squirmy. #Awkward
    With this category, it's a true pleasure that the #Eddies12 librarian change agents & movers, shakers, and friends get recognized here! I'm also proud that I've even mentored a wee bit a few of these fine peeps. I'm looking at you Matthew Winner - The Busy Librarian, Librarian Tiff - Mighty Little Librarian, and Jennifer LaGarde -author of The Adventures of Library Girl!  Honestly, on a day to day basis I feel that ya'll inspire & surpass me at every single turn! And that is awesome!
    Be a MENTOR!
    As Joyce Valenza mentored me, it's important to adopt a young or enthusiastic librarian or educator that you have bonded with. You can't personally mentor someone you don't know - or gosh forbid, don't like (insert fakey fawning social-media climbing friend-jumping people here). Instead, find authentic, enthusiastic, positive, RELIABLE, hard-working, innovative, fearless, daring, funny, cool, creative, and amazing people and cheer them on! Offer to be a sounding board. Nominate them for awards & recognition.  If you're offered a speaking gig & can't make it - give the organizers their name! RT their great Tweets and speak about them to others.  
    Here's a real-life example:  in September a writer from Education Week emails and asks to interview me about the Librarian's role with the Common Core - I could speak on it but I know that Tamara Cox & her friends are more expert on this topic AND...they will be speaking soon to that at an upcoming TLVirtual Cafe webinar - so I bow out & give the reporter their contact information. The Education Article Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role is published and the blog post Common Core: Love it or Hate It?  that Tamara wrote to accompany it is nominated for Most Influential Blog Post. Pretty kick ass, right!!? Paying it forward!  Include them. Only by finding & celebrating other amazing educators can we bring up our whole profession. Drop those who are downers, promote those that are positive, and be prepared for the haters.
    A Dirty Little Secret. Haters. 
    I've been pondering for a few months, getting up my nerve to write a blog post about professional jealousy and the people who will hate on you in your district (or school) when you dare try cool innovative stuff in education and maybe get a little attention for it. But I'm afraid a post like that is gonna open me to a bit of criticism, is gonna sound more self-aggrandizing than usual, or come off negative.  I really do TRY and be positive on this blog! Is that something you would like to read? Because it does seem to be the dirty little secret that you find happens when you start stirring the pot becoming a change agent. Mostly passive aggressive stuff, but it hurts.  And it's sad, too! Your thoughts on this are desired & actually really needed!

    Back to the #Eddies12 noms....La la la!

    Best Teacher Blog  - Nicholas Provenzano 
    Best New Blog Level Up Book Club
    Best Social Network Level Up Book Club
    Best Administrator Blog – George Couros
    Most Influential Post - Common Core: Love it or Hate It?
    Best Twitter Hashtag #TLChat
    Best Podcast Infinite Thinking Machine
    Best Use of Media/Video  Karen Mensing (my nom) 
    Best Educational Wiki Webtools4utouse (my nom)
    Best Open PD TL Virtual Cafe (thanks Joyce & Steve!)

    Lifetime Achievement. Since Joyce Valenza already won this last year --- May I suggest two estimable educators for this? Sue Waters (my nom) and Doug Johnson. Both are so well deserving, both are wonderful, inspiring, cool, nice, generous people who give FAR more than they take!

    ANYWAY....those are my picks!
    Click Here to Vote ALL AT Once Now! Sweet!
    Google Communities!
    Speaking of Communities and TLChat ....well, I started a new Google+ Community for us! If you haven't gotten my invite already (they wouldn't let me invite whole big circles!) Please consider this an invite and Join us! 

    More about G+ Communities
    Creative Cursing or Minced Oaths: For middle schoolers & above only! Don't attempt this unless you got the swagga to pull it off - and don't blame me if you get in trouble! Oh and darn you Orbit for taking a few of my favs (oh and Thanks Orbit for giving me a couple extra!)
    •  Shut the front door!
    • OMG WTF! = Oh my Goodness! Where's the fire!?
    • OMFG = Oh my fairy godmother (of course!)
    • Son of a biscuit baker
    • Darlin, sit your Assateague Island down (bonus points for Maryland geography! - After they gasp & laugh, I then ask my kids with a bland inquiring face what Assateague Island is known for?  - Answer...Wild ponies!)
    • Holy Shitake Mushrooms! (then ask them if anyone has ever had one!)
    • Codswallop! (British slang)
    • Oddsblood! (Shakespeare) 
    • By Odin's Beard! (Anchorman)
    • S'Struth! 
    • By the Power of Greyskull! (He Man)
    Curses of the Ancients

    I warned you it was wordy! And Ooops I gotta little overheated up there! I hope my mum doesn't see the "effin" part cause she always said that a substitute for cursing is the same as cursing (hence my creative semi-appropriate for school curses above! LOL)

    Freedom to Blog. Purists might not like my conversational style of writing, excessive use of exclamation marks, my occasional ALL CAPS shouting emphasis, overuse of the word YAY & WOW and my affection for ellipses....but gosh darn it, it's my right and privilege to use 'em! Because this is my blog & these are my never-so-humble opinions   Will you opine differently? Sure, Possibly, Maybe! Is that ok?'s GRAND! and I hope you give me YOURS in the comments! Cause they make me feel all warm & tingly, your opinions do!

    (*See? Pretentious use of Aussie/Brit term! W00t!)

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Everyone Likes a Smackdown!

    Please join us Monday, December 3rd at 8PM Eastern, TL Virtual CafĂ© hosts our 2nd annual FREE EduTech Smackdown/Open Mic night webinar.  Please plan on visiting or participating!

    "You don’t have to be a librarian to play!  We welcome classroom teachers, tech directors, administrators, enthusiastic partners of every persuasion! It's  more fun when we can learn from each other!"

    Joyce will be sharing her trend list and some of her favorite discoveries and so will several good friends. 

    The event will be ably moderated by yours truly and the lovely & talented  Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian.

    We highly encourage moving beyond listening to sharing!

    "If you’d like to take the microphone with your own exciting discoveries of the year, please grab a slide/slides and add to our crowd-souced presentation/book in advance. Share your best recommendations for tips, resources, etc. and help us build an interactive resource book."

    You can also create a slide & just share visually if you're microphone-phobic - we won't press ya! If you do wish to speak, having a microphone & headphones set will improve your sound quality by 97% (Ok, I can't back that with Science!)

    Participant Link for December 3rd at 8PM.

    And don’t forget to vote in the Twitter poll for your preferred topic for #TLChat Live!, coming up on December 10th at 8PM. 

    The above post was inspired shamelessly cribbed by a post from Dr. Joyce Valenza's Award Winning blog The Neverending Search

    Heh heh... I'm home sick on antibiotics w/ a pesky upper respiratory infection so's taking shortcuts & drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea with honey I am! Cheers dears!

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Edublog Awards Nominations 2012

    When it comes to the Edublogger Awards, I've "always (been) a bridesmaid and never a bride" but surprisingly (for me!) that's...OK.  Because I get SO much more from the Edublog Award process learning about and from new teachers, librarians, administrators, etc. than I can ever explain. It has been a super game changer and PLN builder for me. NEXT year for this I've got a new idea...I've created a new Sqworl group to save all those amazing blogs & educational sites I run across that I'm keeping an eye on to make next year's noms EASIER and hopefully faster! LOL
    Individual Blog - Free Technology for Teachers
    Group Blog - LevelUpBookClub
    New Blog - The Mad River Librarian
    Class Blog - Campbell 156
    EdTech Blog - Mr G Online 
    Teacher Blog - The Nerdy Teacher
    Library/Librarian Blog - Mighty Little Librarian -Tiff
    Administrator Blog - The Principal Of Change - George Couros
    Influential Post - Game Based PD for an Epic Win
    Individual Tweeter - Tamara Cox
    Twitter Hashtag - TLChat - Now LIVE!
    Free Web Tool - PicMonkey  - Made of Win!
    Video/Podcasts - Karen Mensing
    Best Educational WikiWebTools4U2Use by Aunty Tech
    Best Open PD - TLVirtual Cafe
    Social Network - LevelUpBookClub
    Mobile App - Dropbox
    Lifetime Achievement 
     - Sue Waters (I swear, this is NOT a suckup!)  I know over at Edublogs it's probably "family hold back" but have you READ that Edublogger blog lately?  It's ridiculously Amazing!!
    Still don't believe me? Read this mind blowing post!

    The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

    I was so honored to meet her this summer whilst speaking in Perth, Australia and let me assure you that she is just as amazing in person as she is online! Actually, more!  (She's pictured above L-R - Dave & Sue Waters, Audrey Nay, & Joyce Valenza)
    Though I doubt her humility & desire to not win an award that she's basically running will allow this nom to go through, she is SO well deserving! So, OK....though I know they will prolly NOT choose her....she gets it from me! See below! [grins and steps gingerly off box of soap]
    You have until November 26th 
    to make your nominations, 
    Follow #Eddies12 on Twitter to keep up on the noms & stay tuned for when it's YOUR turn to be a part and VOTE!

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    How to Easily Archive & Embed Tweets

    With Search Hash & Google Apps!
    The Backstory:
    Taking our TLVirtual Cafe webinar series and Twitter chat #TLChat one step farther a few months ago we started #TLChat Live! (For some reason I always have to type the word LIVE! and Science! with an exclamation - don't judge.) Spearheaded by Joyce Valenza, Nikki Robertson, and a core group of or TL Geek Tribe (volunteer moderators listed on our TLChat Live! front Wikispaces page! Add your name to the list!) we were so jazzed to get this ball rolling!
    We meet the 2nd Mondays of the month at 8pm Eastern time, we chat for an hour on a crowdsourced topic, share ideas, grow our PLN, make new connections, and enjoy each others company! It's grand! Our first Live! discussion hour was on September 17th and thanks to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde we have a cool infographic created with to share about it!
    Wow! Pretty outstanding, right? The Archive from the chat is embedded on our wikipage. (come right back I wanna tell you how to do it, k!?)  Ok, so the hour is up, our fingers are numb, and we wanted to archive all those Tweets and really? I had NO idea how to do it! EEP!  I've used a few disappointing 3rd party clients for this before, and IFFIT used to work but is now not connected to Twitter and basically each one has let me down!   
    Dr. Joyce Valenza to the rescue! She found a way to use this cool site Search Hash and Google Apps to easily archive, publish, & embed Tweets on a Wikispaces, website, or a blog!  And I thought it was so spectacular that I was inspired to create this Comic Tutorial  on how to do it! (Oh and also people kept Tweeting & emailing me how it was done! LOL) So I had to, right?!
    Here's a big size for your viewing pleasure which can be found on my Flickr Page!
    Important Tips:
    Here are some afterthoughts that were too long to make it to the comic. I do try & be brief on those, you know! 
    Twitter hashtags are time sensitive. You can't go back in time & grab them all, grab them soon after the event, conference, or conversation takes place.
    Search Hash is British - so make doubly sure when you put in the date it's YYYY-MM-DD.
    HIDE certain columns of information then re-size fields so that the user name can be easily read & the Tweet isn't all mushed (#TechnicalTerm)
    Export out your Spreadsheet to MS XLS to easily sort your Tweets by author & to gather raw Data for Infographics! Aggregated data is SEXY!
    REMEMBER: Scroll down & read from the bottom of the spreadsheet up! Tweets are chronological that way.
    After you grab the EMBED code & before you publish it - I edited and hanged the size of the pixel width & the depth of the embed - so readers could see a large part of the page without too much scrolling.

    Like the comic? Want to make your own? Read my blog posting Creating A Comic Life to learn how!

    Your comments, thoughts, & ideas contribute to the conversation! What do you want discussed at our next #TLChat? 
    Also, your corrections to any typos are appreciated, too! ;-)

    Search Hash was created by Dave Briggs and Steph Gray. n.b. Results cached for 60 minutes; it isn't designed for realtime search.
    Participate in our next #TLChat Live! Monday, Dec 10th 8pm ET - What's Your Choice? Please vote on our Twtpoll! 

    Get ALL my Comic Tutorials on my Flickr Gallery!

    Resources and Links:
    ReadWrite – 10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets
    How to archive your tweets | Macworld
    Eight ways to save your tweets | VentureBeat 
    Twitter: How to archive event hashtags

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User

    Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate, they're gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!  For example, when I teach iPhoto, I have the teachers bring in 10-15 pictures of their vacations, hobbies, pets, or yeah...their families and kids. OR if they didn't bring them in, I hand them a digital camera with a grin and say "Go take a 15 min digital safari - lay down, lean over, step on chairs, and take pics of your classroom or the school from freaky angles and come right back!"  From there we teach how to import, edit, crop, enhance, adjust, and then export those photos in different sizes. That way when they email that photo of "little Johnnie on the pottie" the recipient doesn't have to scroll to see one eye...then the other, etc.  In the second session we use those same pics to make an iPhoto slideshow and WOW! LOVE!  The next step would be teach them the amazing & easy to master & totally made of Win the digital image glam studio that is @PicMonkey.  All of a sudden, these teachers are excited and they GET IT!  Make the tech learning and the project personal & they will be more motivated to learn.   
    Tweet-tastic! A while back, when I first thought of this post (and before school started! LOL)  I asked my PLN on Twitter their thoughts, advice, & tips to encourage the reluctant tech user and I'm going to include their tips throughout this post:

    I run a monthly tech tips PD session and ask these teachers to share what they relationships ahead of time so they feel comfortable approaching me for help with tech  everyone has something to contribute! let them know that I will gladly help if they run into snags - that someone has their back if they try something new 

    Hold a  Digital Petting Zoo where each table has a different tech gadget, tablet or laptop with APP, software or super cool website loaded, and a volunteer to casually introduce them & show how they could transform their classroom and practice with this new friend. Then hand it over & let them touch, play, explore, and try the tech. With familiarity comes fearlessness. I'm a visual and kinesthetic learner. I like to see what's going to happen & then do it. That's why I create the Comic Life Comic Tutorials I'm sorta known for! With lots of screenshots & easy to follow bubble directions. Read Creating a Comic Life post for more!
    Karen Mensing Karen Mensing@MsMensing
    Lots of us are visual/hands on learners for sure! When I see something in action, I'm more likely to DO it! #edchat

    Melissa Jensen Melissa Jensen@mjtlbarrieI tweak their favorite activity by adding a tech tool to their plans and hold their hand thru the whole process

    Hold ongoing  Tech Tuesdays, Espresso Tech 10 (a fast-paced, coffee friendly 10 min tip session) or a Tech-Fueled Drive By where you teach one tip in 2-3 min, show how it works, and then for the rest of the time let them try it and play with it themselves.  Teachable Moments are made of Win! When a teacher really needs to know, seize the opportunity to jump in with ‘let me show you how to…’ followed immediately by ‘you will so be good at this!’ Keep it short and sweet! Teachers, staff, and admin will respond better when you show them one tip at a time instead of everything you might know about technology. Follow up either situation with a short email with links to more information, examples, a comic, and maybe a link to a Poll Daddy asking for what the next time's Tech Tip session will be!  "What do you want to learn next?"  Baby steppin to tech nirvana?  Yeah, small steps work best!
    jake duncan jake duncan@duncanbilingual
    We start small. Take lessons and up HOTS/Bloom's by integrating web 2.0 tools. They see more engagement and better outcomes...Then they want to explore more ways to integrate tech. They see they don't have to teach the tools to implement them in class.
    Once you identify those reluctant tech users who are baby steppin it to a new world - pair them up with a colleague, friend, team member, cheerleader, coach, who they can learn WITH!  Make sure that their buddy continuously checks in on reluctant staff to make sure they're still trying & haven't gotten discouraged at any step of the way.

    Angie Harrison Angie Harrison@TechieAng
    @gcouros @gwynethjones Collaborate with them, do coplanning & share lots! I found sharing shared reading interactive lessons to be helpful
    Some teachers don't want to come to the library or computer lab to learn with a group of others. They might be shy, intimidated, or just reluctant (hence the title!) to do it. Go to THEM! Make a house call! Bring your laptop to their room during their planning period and have a quick one on one session. How do you get them? Go LOW TECH: Put tech appointment slips in the staff bathroom and in all the mailboxes. Keep the appointment and follow up! 
    Meet them where they are, provide lots of scaffolded support & love! Provide work time when you can B there as back-up and...praise! praise! praise! share successes w/students, colleagues, admins, etc. (Please also see Jennifer's fab post: Six Tips to Help Teachers Move From TechnoPHOBE to TechnoFAB! -- Great minds and all that! ;-)
    Kris Paterson Kris Paterson@krispaterson  
    work w them 1on1, small grps, give them actual technology, support/handhold them, with specific, achievable tasks
    Challenge the kiddos to learn the skillz, let them practice on their own (at home, the local library, at a friends house, etc.) and then let them teach the teachers. Tell teachers is great to say things like: "Hey, this is new to me, too...let's learn together!" "WOW...Cool! Show me how you did that!?" "Show me how you would teach this to a 5th grader" (or any grade that is 3 lower than the grade you're teaching - the kiddos seem to go puff up a little with confidence teaching younger kids) If it weren't for my TV studio tech kids I never would have learned how to use iMovie (I'm still NOT great at it!) and I'm NEVER too proud to say "Gee, I don't know how to do that, can you please teach me?!"  It's a good thing.
    Confession Time: As they say on Revenge, "Confession is good for the soul" admitting to not being great is good for the kids and reluctant learners. And here's the truth - I used to be great at iMovie, then I taught my kids and they took over and for years they were the experts... I would help with storyboarding, direction, costuming (YAY!) and I let them edit the footage. Then, of course iMovie changed - the new versions didn't look like the old one and I lost my touch. I had to get the kids, a fellow teacher (Thanks dear @emsingleton), and one of my awesome tech coaches in my district (Thanks dear @KrissieMarie!) to get my skillz back. I'm still not there 100% but ...well, I'm baby steppin back! Be honest, ask for help, get help when you need it, and keep trying.

     I do tech training w/ students across each grade level &train their teachers w/ them- it's a "we're all in this together" vibe.

    model it's use with a class, sharing your thought process out loud as you go. Positive baby steps.
    Random Acts of Awesome!  Every time you see a baby step forward, praise and recognize! It sounds obvious, but it goes a long way. If you have a school electronic forum or conference - take some pics of finished projects, screen shots & links of NEW Cool teacher wikipages, and share them with a WooHoo compliment! Maybe create a series of badges for your school Wikispaces or webpage to show achievements.  I know, badges aren't everything but learning from the #LevelUp Book Club - people enjoy earning prizes, badges, & street cred! The amazing Jennifer LaGarde even came up with a gamification-style ed-tech professional development program! Game Based PD for an Epic Win 
    Karen Mensing Karen Mensing@MsMensing  
    Patience, support & encouragement!

    Tamara Cox Tamara Cox@coxtModel the tech, let them try w/ no audience around, offer to be there when they try w/ students, brag to admin about efforts

    Every once and a while (every month, quarter, year, etc.) throw a sharing party! After a group of teachers finish a personally inspired product (Tip 1) or create something fantastic, make sure to have a show & tell session. Teachers are usually super excited to show what they've made and what they're passionate about.  They also can get great ideas of what to do next from their friends & co-workers. A fun way to do this is with a Gallery Walk, a voluntary 2 min LCD Show & Tell (have flash drives handy!), or ask for contributions (give those that private the choice to opt out) and burn a collection CD to give out to all the participants. Snacks are always a bonus!
    I'm not gonna give this a number, but do realize that no matter how much you offer, are patient, and even throw in bagels & Keurig coffee... there will be some educators who just don't WANT to learn and will never try to learn and that's OK, too! Always keep the door open but sometimes you gotta cut your losses & go after the newbies! BRIBES WORK! I give out 4G flashdrives to all of my new teachers - loaded with a folder of helpful stuffs!
     With patience & persistence - & to know when it's a lost cause. Some will never move with the times or give new things a try

    More great advice from my PLN! 
    Ryan Archer Ryan Archer@ArcherMHHS  
    Offer unlimited help, let them ask many questions, offer encouragement and console them when they think they can't do it

    Adam Carney Adam Carney@acarney_nths
    What I've done is find something similar to an activity or tool they already use and gradually move them into the tech version

    Join us! 
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    What do you do to encourage reluctant tech user? 
    Your comments, suggestions, resources, & ideas are ALWAYS appreciated & desired!


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