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Happy Administrative Professionals Day to everyone out there that makes the world run smoother. You book our travel, listen to our whines, hand us the tylenol, get us shiny new toys when we break our old ones, organize our schedules, stand in for us when we can’t show up, and support us in every way possible. Thank you. You’re the reason we can do our jobs. You’re the reason that anything actually gets done. We have an advanced society built on the talents of amazing organizers, planners, coaches, therapists, travel agents, all rolled into one thing…administrative professionals.
Throughout my life I’ve encountered so many administrative professionals who held things together and kept the ship on course. I’ve never forgotten everything you’ve done for me, for the office I worked in, and for the institutions we’ve served, so a big thanks and much love to:
Sandy, my mom’s administrative professional who always put me through to her when I was a little kid or annoying teenager trying to get ahold of mom at work.
Jinky, words cannot express how much I miss you. You were an amazing lady. You kept the halls of MHS filled with laughter despite your battle with cancer. We miss you.
Michelle, Nothing. Would. Happen. Without. You. Miss you tons.
Kim, you are amazing and talented and you crack me up. Thanks for always being my go-to for literally everything I needed.
Teresa, thank you for being a bright start to every one of my days in UAA.
And Melody, you’re invaluable and we couldn’t accomplish all that we do without you guiding the way.
So whatever you do, stop and think about who has helped you, find your administrative professional and thank them. They deserve that and so much more.
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I went to a pretty fantastic professional development session this week on apps for teaching. Some of them I was familiar with, like Evernote and dropbox, but there were a lot of new and interesting ones too.
Several were on new ways to do powerpoint presentations. Two that I really enjoyed were Electric Slide and Slide Shark. Both are apps for ipad that allow you to present while moving around the room. Your ipad becomes your presentation control so that you can see what you are talking about without looking backwards over your shoulder all the time! Pretty nifty
Touchcast was another really awesome one that allowed you to create videos that also include text and pictures inserted or graphs to demonstrate your topic. Really awesome for online learning!!
Thinglink is a similar app that allows you to make your pictures interactive. This reminded me a lot of one of those touch stations you would take a kid (or child-like adult) to at a museum and you can get an immense amount of detail from just one picture. Super cool.
Huge thanks to Heather Moorefield-Lang for introducing me to all these new options for the classroom. She tries to tweet the latest and greatest so follow her at @actinginthelib!