Friday, July 3, 2015

Meet #NAESP15 Conference Blogger Melinda Miller

This post was originally published on, NAESP 2015 Conference News page,  where I served as an official conference blogger.

Welcome to #NAESP15! My name is Melinda Miller and I am honored to share my NAESP experiences with all of you as the official conference blogger for the NAESP 2015 Annual Conference.
This year I am celebrating my 12th year as the proud principal of Willard East Elementary School. Willard East Elementary is located just outside of Springfield, Missouri, with approximately 320 K-4th-grade students. You can find Willard East Elementary on Facebook, Twitter(@WEEPrincipal) and the Web.
This will be my third NAESP conference. I thought I would share some tips and tricks for navigating this year’s conference.
Build your network.
It's amazing to have to so many like-minded administrators in one place. One thing I enjoy most is meeting other principals and sharing ideas. Once the conference is over, the connections last a lifetime. The connections you make are a phone call, Tweet, or Vox away when you need advice or an understanding ear to vent.
Leverage the technology that is available.
Definitely download and use the conference app. Everything you need to communicate, curate information, and connect are neatly packed into one easy-to-use platform.
Stay fueled and hydrated.
Take care of yourself! Unlike during the school year you--at the conference you will have more than 15 minutes to eat your lunch. Pack your favorite water bottle or treat yourself to a new one.
Backpack instead of bag.
Save your back and keep your hands free for coffee and handshakes. Carrying a bag and switching shoulders all day takes its toll. I will not make this mistake a third time. My backpack is packed and ready!
Connect with me!
You can find me in the Innovations Lab. Gathered there will be a great group of connected leaders ready to share and help with your conference needs. Online you can find me on Twitter @mmiller7571, at The Principal Blog, and The Principal Blog on Facebook.
Tips and tricks adapted from Renovated Learning
—Melinda Miller
Melinda Miller will serve as the official blogger for the 2015 Annual Conference. Visit NAESP’s Conference News page to find the latest updates from Long Beach.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#30SecondTake Special Edition #NAESP15 - New Principals

You do not want to miss this! During #NAESP15 I finally got to meet +Brad Gustafson. Brad and I have been connecting online via Twitter, Voxer, and Facebook for a few years now. He has an amazing connection with kids and sharing student voice through video.

#30SecondTake is a series of videos where principals and other educators compete and/or share about an educational topic for 30 seconds.
This particular video was created at the National Association of Elementary Principal's conference in Long Beach, CA this week. Brad used his video and interview skills to collect advice for new principals. 
Check it out..........

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Organize Your Digital Paperwork - #NAESP15

Today I will be presenting about digital organization to elementary and middle level principals at #NAESP15! This is super exciting so I'd like to share my resources with any principals or teachers who can't make it. Hopefully you will find something in this presentation that can help you get organized.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#EdcampLDR July 13th 10+ Locations

Don't miss out! If you are a school leader, aspiring leader, former leader, or teacher leader this event is for you! It's free! This un-conference is devoted to K-12 education issues, ideas and reform. Gather with foward-thinking school administrators, teacher leaders, parents/community members - ANYONE interested in K-12 public/private education.
Click here for more info and registration
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Opening Most Used Tabs Quickly - Tabcloud

Summer time is organizing time. It's nice to see if some of the tips learned/heard over the year can be applied with purpose. Let's take Tabcloud for instance. If memory serves me correctly +Kyle Pace shared this during a workshop.
Any time I can simplify or speed up my workflow.....I'm in! When first learning about Tabcloud it was cool but I couldn't put my finger on how best to use it. Fast forward one year and I think I got it.

Currently, I am only using 3 "clouds." After posting this I hope some of you will share other ways you use Tabcloud.

Tabcloud 1: Googley Tabs - These are the Google apps I use most often. Probably this will be the window I live in the most.

Tabcloud 2: Willard/East/Preschool - These are the district website tabs that I get the most questions about or that I am always opening to find things during the day.

Tabcloud 3: Social Media - This will probably run in the background so I can update school social media during the day.  It will be convenient to see all our social media channels with one click. Then on my personal time I can use this for my personal accounts.

Bookmarks? Tabcloud? Google site with list of links? How do you get to those websites you use every day?

Check out this video by Amy Mayer @friEdTechnology: