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 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.
Sunday, May 10th at 8pm Central
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.
Sunday, May 3rd at 8pm Central
@gravescolleen hosts #txeduchat
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