June 2, 2019

Becoming a Google Certified Innovator with Stephanie Howell - HoET134

Becoming a Google Certified Innovator with Stephanie Howell - HoET134

Stephanie Howell is a long-time listener of the podcast and she recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Australia for the Certified Google Innovator Program!

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#EdTech Thought

Stay strong.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the way education works are far from perfect. You can do everything right and still, something can go wrong. Education is filled with doors that close while new ones open. Every time the bell rings or the school buses arrive you have a new opportunity to make an impact on students. You have a new opportunity to work on that relationship with a colleague that isn’t quite right.

Sometimes you can move from plan A to plan Z and none of them will work, but you continue to develop new plans and strategies. You can say and do what’s best for students and teachers and if the wrong eyes are on you it won’t be appreciated but you must continue your mission.

Sometimes in education, like life, you might purchase a ticket to and plan a trip to Italy but when you get off the plane you see signs that say Welcome to Denmark.

You could pitch a fit and scream and yell, and say every curse word under the sun. Or you can stay strong and enjoy being welcomed to Denmark. You might not be where you want to be or doing what you want to do but there is beauty in everything if take a moment to look.

Your course may have recently changed on the journey you’re on but it’s going to be OK and you’re also going to be OK.

Stay strong.

#EdTech Recommendation

  • Groovy Grader
  • Do you need some peace, love, and happiness in your classroom? If so you need Groovy Grader. Groovy Grader is an App designed to replace your “old school” paper grading calculator. Groovy Grader provides more flexibility, convenience, and ease than other popular slide graders. It can be configured to work for 100’s of questions and has the option to display the grade as a whole number or with one decimal place. Groovy Grader can show the number correct, the number wrong, or both.
  • Groovy Grader was designed with usability as a top priority. Unlike other competing Apps, Groovy Grader can view 50 or more grades on the screen at once. It also allows you to turn off the auto-dimming screen. There’s no touching to scroll for the most common grades or to turn the screen back on.
  • Groovy Grader is optimized for iOS 12 and works great on iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

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Stephanie Howell is a long-time listener of the podcast and she recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Australia for another installment of the Google Certified Innovator program. Stephanie has her MA in Curriculum & Instruction and Education Leadership. She’s currently a Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator – Pickerington Schools (OH). She’s previously taught 5th grade as a Special Education Teacher and has also worked as a 1:1 aide and she enjoys working with teachers and students to increase the effective use of technology. Stephanie has spoken at a number of conferences but most recently became a Google for Education Certified Innovator and got to go to Australia as a part of that journey.

In this conversation, we discuss the following:

  • How did Google come into your life?
  • What was your WHY? for getting Google certified and pursuing all the levels that Google offers?
  • Talk us through your experience and give us a behind-the-scenes of GIA.

Connect with Stephanie

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Just Give It A Try

Jamie Albracht-Halsey recently shared that she created infographics about each of her students for conferences!

Get the template here!

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KYLE KESSELRING – Kyle is a 5th-grade teacher from Ohio. He is interested in podcasting with his students!

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