Have you ever had such an overwhelming week that you thought..."I don't know how much more I have to give..." Really? There's more! Could there possibly be? But of course there is; is ALWAYS the answer. Well, that.was.my.week.

It's been mostly state assessments, more testing, preparing for testing and oh...even more and I'm not the testing coordinator for my campus. My body gave out before my mind and I caught a cold or something to that effect.

While resting, I kept working and when I woke up Thursday morning to call in I received a notification that changed my bed-ridden mindset: my presentation to present at ISTE was accepted!

Can you see the fireworks?

Less than a year ago, I was in my 4th grade classroom, discussing with my students the difference between behavioral and physical adaptations, while wondering if I should leave the classroom and venture into the unknown world (to me) of instructional technology.

My classroom was flipped (using Edmodo), I had complete support from my admin and more importantly my parents on using so much technology in my room and from home but something was missing. I wanted more of a challenge.

I was presenting for my district on ways I use technology in my classroom; sharing my favorite applications and how students used them in and BEYOND my classroom. Then I applied to become an instructional technology specialist and my world changed!

My first line of business was to attend a workshop or conference that would help me prepare for my new position. Not knowing of many, I registered for ISTE. Yes, THE largest instructional technology conference EVER!

From speaking constantly with my PLN, I took a roadtrip to ISTE in Atlanta with Krissy Vensodale and Emily Swenson that was life altering! We had a #edcamproadtrip all the way to Georgia!

What made ISTE 2014 Unique & Addicting?

  • The people! Yes. All the folks that make ISTE, ISTE. I started ISTE with 98 people following me on Twitter and when I got home I have over 250 people in my PLN. And today? I have almost 750 people in my PLN and have posted over 2,000 tweets.
  • My invitation to become a BrainPOP Certified Educator! Who knew! O.M.G. This was my favorite tool in my classroom and now I get to share it with the world! Seriously? That day helped me adjust to my new position as an iTech. I would just be sharing "goodies" all.day.LONG. I was ready!
  • Hands down: it was the experiences. From the moment I jumped in the car with Krissy, my world was different. I wasn't just thinking as a teacher for my students, I was cooking up ideas to be an effective leader for my new campus for integrating fun, addicting ideas for LOTS of educators and over a thousand students--which excited me!

ISTE 2014's impact on Me...

The experiences I had at ISTE 2014 are numerous to say the least but the biggest impact it made on me is that I left FED. What do I mean by that? I was determined to get to ISTE and left inspired, motivated, encouraged and ready to take on whatever came next...

The one thing that stood out to me was a goal that Adam Bellow challenged the audience  to while he shared the Tech Commendents, which was #TYIW (This year I will).

My Challenge to Myself:

And I said all of this to say: I am living my life in BETA! I am trying new things, pushing myself BEYOND (as I always pushed my students) what I thought were my limits and with the encouragement from my program director, Akilah Willery and Krista Tyler (whohoo), I will be presenting at #ISTE15 this year!

                                                                                                                               Bam! Drop the mic!

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Go get it!!!

2 years ago
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This is so awesome! Can't wait to see your presentation!

2 years ago
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Congrats! And I love you're saying, Living life in beta! Go get em!

2 years ago
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thanks guys!

2 years ago
1

Shaina, this awesome! I'm so happy for you!

2 years ago
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thanks Sherra!