2-Year-Olds Can, Too!

January 6, 2018

It just so happens that I’m not traveling this weekend or planning for an upcoming PD, so I was able to lay low with my family and just BE. That looked like a lazy morning, a Costco run, and a wishful afternoon nap for Rachel that turned into a chatty rest in her room for an hour. After she woke…

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#TrickleChallenge, Badges, Gamification, Professional Development

#ISTE18 People’s Choice Session — Badges & Micro-Credentials Party!

January 4, 2018

I MIGHT have the amazing opportunity to share my passion for digital badges and micro-credentials at the 2018 ISTE Conference, but I really need your help! ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is offering their first-ever, crowd-sourced collection of sessions and we all have to “beg for our supper.”   In all honesty, I’m pretty intrigued by this idea.…

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#TrickleChallenge, ConnectedTL, CUE, PLN, Twitter

#ConnectedTL Transitions Into Year 4 of Connected Leadership

staff lounge
January 2, 2018

Back at the Fall CUE conference in 2014, I met Rhonda Corippo and together, with Matt Vaudrey, we dreamed up #ConnectedTL — a network that connects and bridges current and aspiring teacher-leaders. This was at the peak hiring season for TOSAs and instructional coaches, and we saw a distinct need to support each other and so many other educators on their leadership…

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#TrickleChallenge, Professional Development, Soft Skills

Challenge Accepted…

Trickle Challenge
January 1, 2018

I am ready to take on a very specific challenge and I can’t wait… I think. With this being January 1st and all, it’s appropriate to stop and reflect on the last year. I’ve had an intense 12 months, and I would never have predicted the way my year unfolded in so many different directions. With each new opportunity I took…

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Gamification, PodcastEDU, Professional Development

Gamification to Increase Engagement in Learning

November 15, 2017

  I was lucky enough to be invited to appear on Brent Coley’s podcast, “Teaching Tales.” What a fun experience! I mentioned a few resources that I wanted to share with my larger network, and I wanted to thank Brent for including me in the impactful work he is doing. FREE Virtual Spinning Wheel: http://wheeldecide.com/ My excited video explanation of “PD Dice:” bit.ly/pddice…

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CUE, CUE Rockstar, Google for Education, Professional Development

When #CUElaunch Returns to Glendora USD…

Glendora USD Launch Participants
August 1, 2017

Today, I had the pleasure of bringing CUE Launch back to Glendora Unified School District for the second time. In December of 2015, I was asked by Jon Corippo at CUE if I wanted to work with a few amazing educators to create a program that prepares participants to take the Google for Education Level 1 certification exam. Being a self-proclaimed #GoogleFanGirl…

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Sketchnote and Doodle Tips in Procreate #sketch50

July 21, 2017

I have loved capturing my most recent professional learning with sketchnotes inside of the Procreate iOS app on my iPad Pro. #ISTE17, #BadgeSummit, and #CAGTI17 were powerful global events that sparked my curiosities in new ways and inspired my creativity. As I have shared my sketchnotes on social media, people have dug in and started asking about my process. So, I…

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Cate the Sketchnoter

February 8, 2017

Over the past year, I have been turned on to Skecthnoting, a graphic note-taking strategy that integrates image and text to create a record of learning and comprehension on a whole new level. I’m not an artist. I’ve never considered myself a particularly “good drawer” though I have long had an interest and desire to draw and create. I’ve tried my…

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