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SEEing to Lead

May 8, 2023

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator of Model Schools at Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Her role focuses on professional learning around technology integration for over 31 school districts across five counties.  Laurie is the Capital Region Director and a trainer for New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE). Laurie is also the author of the book SMILE Learning: Leveraging the Power of Educational Technology.

Key Takeaways:

  • Educational technology should be used as a tool to open up more doors if it's integrated into the classroom properly.
  • We need to recognize and pay attention to those who are successfully implementing new ideas, just not in a loud manner.
  • We need to inspire with guard rails to make sure people enjoy responsible, appropriate things.
  • The smile framework lays out what technology integration looks like in practice.
  • S = Shine
    • It's about seeing where people may not be their best and buffing out those rough patches. This comes from a poem called "The Star Polisher"
  • M = Motivate 
    • We need to motivate students in our classrooms by taking an approach that works for them rather than one that works for us. 
  • I = Inspire
    • If we are going to inspire students we need to have them using both the technology they have at home and school. We need to  how to use technology appropriately and the opportunities that lay in the career field potential.
  • L = Learn
    • Learning is very important in all subjects not because there's a specific use for it in the near future, but you never know when new knowledge will come into play to help you.
  • E = Elephant 
    • It's not always about overcoming what we see as obstacles, but sometimes learning to live in harmony and adjusting to them.
  • The elephants and bees story from Africa.
  • The Canterbury Tales example.
  • It's important for us to learn alongside our students with new technologies as they emerge.

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