The basic idea is to DESIGN information in four ways to represent 2008 as you experienced it. If you look at my second graph (below) you’ll understand why I missed the first Annual Report contest – I was on a self-imposed “no computer” hiatus during January 2008. But this year I used the opportunity to play around with Photoshop – something I never take the time to do.
These four slides best represent 2008 for me: School, Learning, Family and my PLN. 2008 has been a great year for me professionally. I gave presentations at three conferences (ITSC, NCCE and ILC) and I attended the Google Teacher Academy. I blogged regularly and was active in many online learning communities. I joined the Oregon EdTech Cadre and met tech-loving teachers from all over the state. I feel more comfortable in my role as a Computer Teacher than I ever have before and I think that is reflected in my teaching.
With that in mind, here are my four slides:
Slide 1: This bar graph shows the number of students who walked through my classroom door in 2008, starting first with the end of Fall /Winter Semester 1, Spring Semester 2 and Fall Semester of the next school year. I teach 6 different classes each term. There are not a lot of electives at my small high school and many students choose to take the advanced computer classes their Junior & Senior year. I love having them all – but it does make for a busy day and lots of planning. Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleopold73/2906486794
Slide 2: I started this blog in July of 2007 – right when I was finishing up my Master’s of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. I had just spent the last year and half blogging for the program and realized I enjoyed the connections I made and the reflective writing. I never really considered myself much of a writer before but I enjoyed sharing what I was doing with my students in my classroom and resouces I discovered. I wrote 120 posts in 2008 – which I’m sure isn’t a lot for some people – but it is for me. This 3-D cone graph was made in Excel.
Slide 3: This slide is a timeline of the major family events for 2008. We traveled to Arizona for Spring Break to visit my husband’s parents and took a side trip to Sedona. My youngest son graduated from high school and the summer was busy with 2 weddings and trips to the beach and lakes. We traveled up to Gonzaga University in the fall for Parent’s weekend and I attended the ILC conference in October – where I met the charming Mr. Meyer himself <smile>.
Slide 4: My Personal Learning Network exploded in 2008. I have met and stayed in contact with so many fabulous teachers from the Google Teacher Academy, the Oregon EdTech Cadre and the conferences I have attended. My favorite part of ILC was folks coming up to me and saying, “Hey, I follow you on Twitter – and then the next thing you know we are sitting next to each other, sharing ideas, commenting on each other’s blogs and entering fun contests!
Wow … I wonder what 2009 will bring?
I encourage you to participate. Alice Mercer already has posted her four slides. Come on – it’s fun!