Mattering is the Agenda

Join #TXEDUCHAT 5/31/15 at 8pm Central

Angela Maiers hosts “Mattering is the Agenda”

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers is a pioneer in digital literacy and education technologies. As a social media evangelist and consultant, she helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology.

Angela has also authored six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion- Driven Classroom. Her “You Matter” talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times and was the impetus for Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems.

Angela spent 14 years teaching elementary school in Des Moines, IA, and 10 years as a literacy coach, special programs facilitator, and university professor.

Recharge & Reenergize!

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

8-9pm Central with host @8amber8


Join Amber Teamann for a discussion on recharging, reflecting, and reenergizing this summer!

Amber Teamann

Amber Teamann

Amber Teamann is an Assistant Principal at a K-4 elementary school in Texas and states that she is “proud to work in a district that believes in the power of relationships and puts what is really important at the forefront of education.”

Throughout Amber’s 12 years in education she has held many roles. She has served as a Title I Technology Facilitator with responsibility for 17 campuses where she assisted staff and students in navigating their digital abilities and responsibilities. Prior to that role Amber taught 4th grade and loved every single minute!

Amber’s credo is that there should be no separation between technology and subject matter and that all subjects can be made more engaging to students if we are able to deliver in a manner in which they want to learn. Whether that includes a website, a device, or presentation style, Amber believes that we should ALL want to be the best we can be for our students, and  models that for the staff she works with.

From being a part of district initiatives to sharing innovative ways to connect with stake holders, Amber is always striving to make education more meaningful for the campuses she serves. Helping launch Twitter within her district has led to open dialogue about the power of social media and opportunities to tell stories about education in the way they should be shared.

Amber has been on the EdCampDallas planning team since its inception and has also been involved in creating digital fluency classes for a Regional Service Center. In 2013, she partnered with George Couros to develop and curate leadership with the “School Admin Virtual Mentoring Project”, which connected over 400 educators worldwide in a space that nurtured and cultivated leadership.

Speaking at numerous conferences throughout her career, both locally and nationally, including ASCD and Learning Forward, has provided her the opportunity to share the digital literacy message she feels so strongly about for all learners. In addition to blogging for Connected Principals, Amber is a firm believer in modeling a digital footprint. Her educational philosophy and digital portfolio can be found at  www.TechnicallyTeamann.com or on twitter at @8amber8.


Telling EDU Stories!

Sunday, May 17th at 8pm Central

Topic: Telling EDUStories with Nancy Jo Lambert

Do you ever feel frustrated about the often negative image given to education? Do you have community stakeholders who have concerns about education and our schools?

During this chat we will discuss why it is so important to tell our own EDUStories by utilizing district tools, the web, and social media. If we are not driving the conversation about all the amazing things happening in our schools, then we are letting our stakeholders down and giving others room to tell our stories for us.

Nancy Jo Lambert is an elementary teacher librarian in the Frisco Independent School District at McSpedden Elementary. She has five years of classroom teaching experience, and has been in a school library since 2010.

She is a presenter and speaker who advocates for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her own library. Nancy Jo is a passionate educator and an avid learner and reader. She holds leadership positions in the Texas Library Association.

Nancy Jo is an active member of the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, the Texas Association of School Librarians, and the Texas Computer Education Association. She has been published in several professional journals, acts a a reviewer for the School Library Journal, and has won numerous awards and grants.

She will be embarking on a new journey for the 2015-2016 school year by opening a brand new high school in Frisco ISC as the librarian.


Shake it up with @ShellTerrell on #txeduchat

Sunday, May 10th at 8pm Central

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Topic: Shake It Up!

In The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, Shelly challenges teachers to shake up the learning in their classrooms by testing out different instructional practices or activities. The end of the year is a great time to try ideas or activities we’ve been curious about! We don’t have to worry so much about testing and students tend to be restless. Engage them by testing out a new activity. The experience will prepare you to repeat the idea next year. In the upcoming #txeduchat we will discuss ways to shake up the learning, talk about stepping out of our comfort zones, and explore ways to prepare for failure or mistakes.

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has trained teachers and taught language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, the IATEFL YLTSIG, and VenTESOL. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times,  NPR, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat.

Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and as a guest blogger for ESL Library and Sprout English. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

Librarians as YOUR instructional partner

Sunday, May 3rd at 8pm Central

@gravescolleen hosts #txeduchat 

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Colleen is a middle school librarian, obsessed with Learning Commons transformations, Makerspaces, technology education and making stuff.  Always a maker, Colleen brings a passionate artistic energy to the school library world.  She loves all things Google, and is a Certified Google Educator, as well as a Google Education Trainer.

As a connected educator, she brings the global community to her students on a daily basis.  From learning from mentor experts for Maker Monday to chatting with students around the states connecting for dot day, she is always on the look out for authentic audiences for Lamar students. This year Colleen was awarded the School Library Journal (SLJ) School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist Award and named by Scholastic as one of the Top Ten School Librarians to follow on Twitter.

She loves finding ways to collaborate with teachers at her school and teachers around the world! See her programming in action on a daily basis by following @lamar_library and@gravescolleen



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