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American Grant Writers Association

I’m honored to share my experience with Technology Integration in Education with the wonderful Grant Writers at the American Grant Writers Association Conference in Arlington, Va.

Here is the link to the Padlet that I created for your Ticket Out the Door.

Please share your feedback so I can continue to grow as an educator.

Also, please follow me on Twitter @fmauney as I share the latest research that pertains to education, technology integration, and innovative ideas for grants.


Education Boot Camp

Welcome to my website! I plan to educate others for the next few days using this site and posting my material here for easy access.  This is Flipped Learning for Resellers.

Here is the link to access the Padlet Presentation:  Please have this information open during the presentation so you can interact with me and others.

Here is the QR Code for my Padlet Presentation if you would like to scan with your SmartPhone: QRCode

Links to websites from Vendors:

Bretford Furniture Link

OneNote in the Classroom Video 

Word Cloud Summary boot camp

Website to research School Districts:

You will find all the material and ideas on the Padlet and you will have the opportunity to interact during the presentation on the Padlet wall.  It’s your chalkboard!


 5 Steps to Ed Tech Purchasing by a Superintendent

Interactive Summary of Fran’s Presentation, mouse over the word cloud and it will pop!  This is the Function of Frequency, the more times the word was mentioned the larger the word will appear in the presentation: Bigger Words are the bigger ideas.

Designing Effective Webinars

As I transition into a new job in the business/education sector, I realize the importance of planning effective webinars.  I would like to share some information that will help presenters in the business and education setting as we communicate with others.  As teachers are flipping their classrooms and online classes are becoming extremely popular, meeting the needs of students and teachers is made easier by providing content in a meaningful manner.  In the business sector, this is the primary means of communicating information to our audiences.  Here are some tips that I gathered about planning effective webinars:

1. Slides do not need a busy colorful border, it distracts from the content of the slide. The eyes will focus on the border and will be distracted instead of focusing on the content. Simple slides hold the eyes attention better.  Google makes their slides simple so content is the focus, not colorful designs or background.

2. Meaningful, relevant images that illustrate the point will be remembered much better than a slide full of text. The brain can remember the image and the meaning/main point, but won’t remember a long list of bulleted text.  (This is how we teach students to design digital stories)

3. Graphic organizers with shapes, arrows, flow charts, work well to illustrate key points or the process and the brain captures the image for recall.

4. Links to documents, videos, and research should be embedded in the presentation for later viewing.

By using Google slides, I have been able to create a “website” type of learning environment for my audience with all the links to research, videos, pilot programs, and documents stored in the presentation. Attendees have taken the information and several have downloaded it to their computers either as a PowerPoint or in their Google Drive account via Google Slides. This has helped meet their learning needs along with the recording of the webinar. This is my work around since we don’t have a designated website for webinars.

New Adventure, New Career, Same Philosophy

I’m so happy to be blogging with you again.  As many of you know, I have taken a new job with an amazing company with a HUGE vision for education. SYNNEX is a Fortune 500 company located right here in Greenville, SC.  I am working with SYNNEX and Intel K-12 Education. I am assisting resellers and school districts as they decide which devices they would like for 1:1 initiatives.  I have the honor to work with the amazing people from Google for EducationIntel K-12 Education and the many talented people at SYNNEX. I am part of the Google Chromebook team and work with many other products that have Intel based processors.

Even though my career looks a little different than the 1st and 2nd grade classroom where I taught for all those years, my passion and philosophy are still the same.  I want to make life better for students.  I know that students learn best when they are engaged and technology is a tool that can motivate and inspire students to reach their academic goals.

One of my goals at SYNNEX is to spread the word about professional development (Intel K-12) and its importance for a successful technology transition in the classroom. I have seen this happen: When teachers hear they are getting a computer, they are so happy. When they find out they are getting some computers for the classroom, they are even happier.  But when they find out that all of their students will have their own devices, they are overwhelmed, scared and don’t know how to plan well or what to do.  This is why professional development is so important. At SYNNEX, we stress the complete package, teacher training is a must and you can get that through SYNNEX and with Intel for Education.

Schools districts all across the nation are buying devices every day, but are their teachers ready for this change? I know the students are!  Let’s plan well and start the technology integration training before the devices arrive and continue throughout the year.

My plan as an Instructional Technology Facilitator made professional development a natural occurrence in the every day life of a teacher.  I’ll share more on that thought in my next post.

Love you guys! Thanks for the opportunity to continue teaching through my blog and website.


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— Roger (@rogermauney) May 17, 2014