No, not the music festival, I’m talking about the Coachella CUE Affiliate! We all know that we can’t do it alone in education. It is important for educators to connect with one another and build supportive relationships. Collaboration with other like minded individuals helps take our passion and skill set to the next level. I feel as educators it is important for us to network and learn together in order to improve student learning. We are better together when we build strong PLNs (Professional Learning Network). PLNs are all about working together in order to improve our craft. PLNs are about sharing and learning from each other. I know we have PLCs within our own schools and districts but it is very valuable for one to network outside your own environment. We have so much to gain from collaborating with other educators in our own community and globally. PLNs are an essential part of lifelong learning for teachers. They allow for professional development for teachers by teachers.
In addition to joining communities and connecting with other educators on platforms such as Twitter, it is also important to connect with others face-to-face by joining professional support networks or associations and attending meetings, meetups, workshops or conferences. Outside of our PSTA you should be aware of the awesomeness of our locale CUE affiliate, Coachella Cue. Coachella CUE is the Coachella Valley and Lower Desert affiliate of Computer Using Educators Inc. (CUE). Coachella CUE represents the Southern California desert and resort communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms, Thermal, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Mecca, and the Salton Sea.
This past weekend they held their first ever workshop type event called Coachella Bar-b-CUE. For $12 attendees got to attend a 3 hour workshop of their choice which included It a delicious barbecue lunch catered by Tanya's Kitchen, Thom Emery Barbecue and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. In addition they raffled off 2 Spring CUE registrations. It was a great day filled with learning, collaborating and delicious food!
BREW CUE- February 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
How do I learn more?
Visit their website: https://coachellacue.weebly.com/
Follow them on Twitter: @CoachellaCUE
Connect with one their Board of Directors
President- Edward Simoneau Twitter @Simonometry
Vice President- Jennifer Dean Twitter @Techy_Jenn
Secretary- Maricela Hernandez Twitter @flackahh
Treasurer- Eduardo Rivera Twitter @EdTechEddie
Incorporating mindfulness activities in the classroom can add many benefits. It can help alleviate classroom management issues, allow students to be calmer and more focused, reduce stress levels, be more present and bring more balance mentally. It just takes a few minutes a day. The following is a video to help you get started.
January is National Get Organized Month and a great way to celebrate is by organizing your Google Drive!
Having a nice organized Google Drive is not as overwhelming as it may seem. Here are some tips and tricks to getting organized:
Simply right click on your screen to get the menu for creating a folder
2. Star Files
Are there files that you use often? Star them! This adds ease of access in finding your most frequently used files so you don’t spend most of your time trying to find them.
To “star” a file. Click the star next to the file name:
Navigate to your starred files using the menu to the left of your screen:
3. Name Your Files
File naming is very important because it will help you search for your files with greater ease. A great way to do this is by creating a standardized naming system. Make sure to be specific with your naming as well. For example, don’t just name your lesson plans, “Lesson Plans”, be specific by adding dates or unit information.
4. Color Code Folders
Think about the folders that you use the most. Choose colors that you like most for those folders. To change the color of a folder, simply right-click on the folder and scroll down to “Change Color” and make your selection.
5. Delete Things You Don’t Need
Is there something in your Drive that just sits there and doesn’t make sense to keep? Delete it! Items in your Trash will stay there until you empty the Trash (just in case you change your mind). Keep in mind, if you delete a shared item and you are the owner, everyone else will lose access unless they’ve made a copy for themselves.
6. Add Files to Your Drive AND File Them
When someone shares something with you, make your life easier by adding it to your Drive (to add it, find “Add to My Drive” under “File”) AND file it! Filing it is the most important part! Put it somewhere that makes sense to you.
When you add a document to your Drive, what you are doing is adding the “live” file to your Drive. Meaning, if the owner adds information or changes information, you will still see those changes.
When you File > Make a Copy, you are adding a copy of the file to your Drive, meaning, if they make any changes, you won’t see them. It is now your file and you are the only one who can make changes (unless you share it with someone else).
7. Most Importantly- Take Baby Steps!
Don’t plan on getting it all done it one sitting! Take it one step at a time.
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