Renewed Passion, Ideas that Make Sense, Learning FIRST: Shake Up Learning Book Review

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I have been a follower of Kasey Bell and Shake Up Learning for a few years now and have always been inspired by Kasey's blog, podcast, and seeing her speak at conferences. With her new book, containing so many dynamic ideas, comes a renewed passion.

Through reading her book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic, I was able to get to know Kasey's backstory. She reveals how she got started as a teacher including where her passion and her "why" truly comes from.

Although I have been a technology integration specialist in my current school district for over 10 years, the ideas in this book about true learning really have made me think about our true purpose as teachers.  I've always known it wasn't JUST about the technology tool, but as I approach the beginning of a new journey with a new school system, I am motivated to remember this myself.  I realize I must focus on this aspect as I am working with my teachers and continue to encourage them to find the RIGHT tool for the RIGHT task or concept they are teaching!

From Kasey, "Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills students can acquire in today's world!" That quote speaks volumes! The last chapter is a great metaphor for not only everyday life but our lives as teachers and learning/digital coaches.  She quotes from scripture, "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done." Ecclesiastes 11:4 (TLB). This is clearly evident within human nature, and even in educators. So many of our teachers are nervous to use technology with students because they do not feel comfortable with it themselves. We are never going to feel comfortable and be experts with any NEW tool or topic.  Therefore, waiting for the perfect condition is not a viable excuse. As teachers, we are there as a guide and to create the conditions for students to learn. I stand behind Kasey's ideas in Shake Up Learning, and highly recommend this book for individual teachers or an entire staff as they continue to move forward to inspire students to LEARN!

Get a kick start in motivating YOURSELF to learn more through Kasey’s awesome course offerings including the “Dynamic Learning” course that goes right along with her book.  She also offers courses to help guide you in becoming Google Certified at Levels 1 and 2 and as a Trainer. Follow this link to explore and sign up for her courses:  

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TECH Imaginations - Let the Blogging Begin

So, here you are, landed at another EdTech Blog.  Welcome to Tech Imaginations where the focus is creating innovators for tomorrow as we expose and teach our students with the technology at our fingertips in today’s world.  Education is shifting and being “Shaken Up” thanks to Kasey Bell, one of my mentors in the EdTech World and the owner of the Shake Up Learning Blog. There is so much out there for our students to learn; more than we can ever imagine as you read in my site title. Imagine the possibilities when we, as educators, think outside the box of mundane protocols, and use our creativity to explore new worlds and beyond.

That’s what we will explore throughout this blog and today is only the beginning.  

The name Tech Imaginations is two-fold, a nod to preparing our students for their world in the future as I stated above, but also a throwback to the past and my family’s heritage.  My husband and I both grew up in rural Kentucky where his father runs a woodworking business called “Wood Imaginations.” I find it amazing and inspiring to see what my father-in-law creates with his hands whether it be cabinetry, furniture, or even a clock or a custom toy.  All of this is done using…...Technology, not digital age technology, but tools and machinery that are definitely a modern form of technology that enhances the skills to new heights creating new products today. So as I continue on with my family’s “Imagination” theme, let’s explore the creative possibilities  as we utilize TECH IMAGINATIONS for our students and teachers whom we try to reach everyday.

Feel free to share the link to this site out to your friends and colleagues who might benefit from ideas shared here.  As we grow and move forward we will discuss innovative tools, gadgets, best practices, PD opportunities, and much more.  We hope to provide video tutorials and training opportunities right here online as we establish our presence known as TECH Imaginations.