Well, it’s the end of an era. My final Jen Giffen #EduDuctTape sketchnote to share. And what better one to end on: the last chapter of my book and the one that was my favorite to write.
Sometimes it feels like writing just pours out of you. This chapter was like that for me.
It includes one of my family’s favorite funny stories–about my daughter when she was 2 years old–one of my favorite things to remind educators of–improving your practice is a marathon, not a sprint–a quote from one of my favorite EdTech voices–Stacey Roshan–and a quote from one of my favorite sources of inspiration–Seth Godin.
As always, you’ll have to get the book to hear the whole thing, but Jen’s sketchnote should give you a pretty good idea of what it’s about and a reminder of what you should expect yourself: focused persistence, not overnight reinvention.
This Jen Giffen sketchnote features one of my favorite stories to tell. You’ll have to get the book to hear the whole story, but let me boil it down to what the image depicts:
I had discovered that many of my students weren’t actually watching the screencasts that were a part of my class.
That meant I knew better about what was happening and I needed to do better by utilizing a tool that I was aware of (again, knowing better): Edpuzzle.
Hear the full story in Chapter 12 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset.
Recently, I shared a sketchnote about the Know Better, Do Better Cycle. My first “Know Better, Do Better” step was realizing that my teacher-paced course wasn’t working. So I turned it into a student-paced course. Then, as that sketchnote showcased, I discovered that I wasn’t noticing all students’ questions and struggles quickly enough. So, I added a Google Form.
This new sketchnote shows the next iteration of that cycle. I discovered that some of my students were stressed out by the idea of managing their own pace in my class. This sketchnote hints at my solution: a calendar.
The most important part, though, is the reminder on the left: Being impressive is not the goal. Being effective is.
Learn more about this quote as well as the Know Better, Do Better Cycle and the calendar solution in Chapter 11 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset.
When I was a STEM teacher, my pedagogy, curriculum, and strategies were constantly evolving through a pattern that I call the Know Better, Do Better Cycle. It’s based on Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous quote “Do the best you can until you know better and then when you know better, do better.”
In Chapter 10, of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I share how, after turning my STEM course into a student-paced one, I was able to uncover new opportunities for improvement. This chapter–and the sketchnote below–showcases one of those “opportunities”: occasionally, I didn’t discover that kids were confused until the very end of class! How exactly did I solve this problem? How did I do better? The sketchnote below gives you a peek, but you’ll have to grab your copy of the book to hear the full solution!
The framework of my technology integration mindset comes more from the experience in Chapter 9 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset than from any other experience that I’ve had as an educator. The way that I addressed the problem that I was having in that class 8 years ago (read the image on the cell phone 😂) lit a fire underneath me to do more with educational technology than I had previously considered. And the E + R = O equation frames it perfectly. Grab your copy of the book to learn more about this story, the mindset, and this powerful equation!
Chapter 8 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset is full of quotes and insights that I love, including one from Dr. Maya Angelou and another from Seth Godin. Like the other chapters in the book, those valuable pieces are featured alongside a funny story – this time about some crying grapes, my daughter, my SmartBoard, and my wife. This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen, features many of those quotes and story elements from that chapter. Grab your copy of the book so that you can hear the funny story and learn from the powerful quotes!
Here’s the 7th sketchnote from Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset! This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen shares the story from Chapter 7: “8 Minutes, Crazy Solutions, & Talking to Myself.” As you can see, it’s a story of how I saved time in my math classes when our periods were shortened. But I bet you’re wondering how I saved that time, right? You’ll have read the book to find out!
I’m back with another Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset sketchnote! Each of these sketchnotes, created by Jen Giffen shares the anecdotes, stories, and messages from one chapter of the book. Today’s sketchnote covers Chapter 6: “Ramen Noodle, Lonely Nights, & Loud Kids” and a fun example of The Problem-Solution Pattern that is discussed in the book in connection to how we use educational technology. By the way, did you know that you can grab your copy of the book here?
Here’s the 5th sketchnote from Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset! This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen shares a piece of the anecdote and message from Chapter 5: “Shirt Sleeves, Transparency Markers, & The Pretty Psychologist.” I bet you’re wondering what that title is all about, right? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
I’m back with another Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset sketchnote! Each of these sketchnotes, created by Jen Giffen shares the anecdotes, stories, and messages from one chapter of the book. Today’s sketchnote covers Chapter 4: “Words, Restaurants, & Jams” and features a quote from Barry Schwartz along with elements from Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper’s well-known “jam study.”