Saturday, September 26, 2015

Letter to the State Legislators

Here is the letter I sent to my state representatives. I think it is important for everyone to contact their Senator and Representative and let them know your views.

Greetings Senator Floyd,

I am a middle school and business owner. I teach middle school computing at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond and I own a local glassblowing studio near MidTown in OKC. 

There has been a lot of discussion about teacher pay lately. Each year teacher receive a nominal step increase. This is the only raise I have received in over eight years. I believe one reason Oklahoma is having a difficult time in hiring and retaining teachers is the lack of a viable raise to keep up with inflation and cost of living. 

Pretend for a moment you were interviewing or conducting an interview for a job. At the end the candidate can ask questions. 

Q1) How often will I receive a raise and how much will it be? 
A1) You should receive about a 1% increase in pay each year. 

Q2) How much will my yearly bonus be?
A2) We do not pay a bonus.

Q3) What about health care?
A3) We do pay for a nice Insurance plan. The copay is $50 and the deductible is around $1000. If you add additional people on your plan expect it to be about $450 a month. 

Q4) What are my prospects for advancement?
A4) There is no advancement within our company. 

Q5) Many companies will help pay for an advanced degree. Do you offer any assistance for pursuing an advanced degree to help me in this profession?
A5) We highly encourage you to pursue a higher level of education but we will not assist you in that endeavor and the pay increase for having a Masters Degree over a Bachelors Degree is about $200. 

Granted, it is the field of education. We know these things. But next to the real world it is a very unappealing scenario for job seekers. 

I am attaching a copy of my most recent pay stub so you can see my take home pay each month. 

I do think there is a lot we can do to improve. Just let me know if you need any suggestions. 

Many thanks, 

Andy Boatman

Friday, September 25, 2015

TTT -  Quick Jots

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Quick Jots
Writing Bursts 

Greetings Sequoyah, 

I just stumbled across this writing technique via Twitter today. The author (Vivian Robert@vivianroberthe) posted a bit on jot museums with a photo spread of students writing. This sounded interesting. 

I did a quick search of Jots writing and came up with a handful of results. The first article really defines the process (http://www.uen.org/utahstandardsacademy/elaelem/downloads/level2/2-3-2-QuickJots.pdf
The second covers cross curriculum issues (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2015/07/using_quick_jots_to_write_across_the_curriculum.html)
While the third goes into a variety of similar techniques. (http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/cms/lib09/UT01001306/Centricity/Domain/32/Stop%20think%20and%20write%20techniques.pdf)

Take a look at Quick Jots. Let us know what you think. 

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

TTT -  Graphic Design

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Graphic Design
Creating and Designing 

Greetings Sequoyah, 

In one of our sessions on Monday we talked about creating printables for class. Posters, infographics and the like.

We have a great interface on our computers in PowerPoint. PowerPoint is much easier to use for text and graphics than Word. PowerPoint allows the user a greater variety of design layouts and choices as well as easier placement of images. Font, font size, color, backgrounds, images, and whitespace all need to be explored when designing works for public consumption. 

Suggested Websites: Piktochart - http://piktochart.com/ it is an online infographic creator. Canva (https://www.canva.com/) is a great site for creating a variety of things from posters to presentations. It is somewhat limited but a great place to start. 

Elearninginfographics - http://elearninginfographics.com/ is a repository of some great educational infographics. I really liked their article on implementing good graphic design at http://elearningindustry.com/10-tips-improve-visual-design-skills-non-designers?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Do you have favorite websites for designing items? Please share.

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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Focus

With new things comes a change of focus. Working on a project and that blots out all the other projects for a while. All my thoughts go toward the new project. Obsession really. Nearly singular focus upon it. Realize that the other things that require constant attention are suffering.  How to seperate the thoughts and the devoted time to bring the focus back to the whole?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Saving, Editing and Access

Greetings Sequoyah, 

Google Drive allows online (and offline) access to a suite of tools similar to Microsoft Office. Docs, Spreadsheets, Drawing and more are available at Google Drive. Items can be created using the Google interface and files can be uploaded to Google Drive. 

On Monday we got to experience one of the odd things about Google Docs. The schedule for the EdCamp was created in Excel. The file was uploaded and is accessible as a preview, more like a photo. By uploading as a .xlsx file it is limited to preview and download. Making for a great way to store files to go between multiple locations or serve as a backup. For the file to be editable by the author and shared contacts the file needed to be converted to the Google Spreadsheet format. The file can be opened for editing within Google Drive and a copy of it is created. Please be sure the correct format of the document is then shared for editing and viewing. 

The image below shows the icons for a Google Doc and Microsoft Word when stored in Google Drive. Note the file names are the same.

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TTT -  Twitter Bow Tie Tuesday

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Twitter Tuesday
Justin Tarte

Greetings Sequoyah, 

Did you know there was even such a movement? Ben probably knows and maybe Link too. 

Bow Tie Tuesday is a real thing. Thanks to Twitter we are wiser for it. 

https://twitter.com/justintarte/status/643750906220163072

Thanks and don't forget to be awesome, 

Andy

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