Takeaways from ADE Institute 2019

Let me rewind before I start sharing my takeaways. I have been in awe of the ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) community for as long as I have known about it. These remarkable educators share selflessly to better others. Knowing it was a long shot, I applied this year to be apart of this community. When I found out I had been accepted as part of the class of 2019, I was in complete shock. I actually handed my phone to my husband and made him read it to make sure I wasn't reading it incorrectly. So before I share my takeaways, let me just say how honored and humbled I am to be counted among some of the most innovative, caring, and passionate educators I have ever met.

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Top 5 Takeaways - ADE Institute 2019

  1. Surround yourself with innovative people. My biggest takeaway from institute wasn't an app or a project I planned to create, it was the relationships and the community. From my mentor to my group to the people I sat next to that became future collaborators, this new network has so much to share and offer. I am so excited to have these innovative people to share ideas with and ask for help when I need it. 
  2. GarageBand and its untapped potential. If I am being completely honest, I have always found GarageBand to be very intimidating. I have never considered myself particularly music inclined and struggled to see its applicability in the classroom. The sessions during Institute opened my eyes and I am excited to see what I can do with it this year!
  3. Your story is powerful. Some of my favorite moments during Institute were the Showcases. They helped me to truly see the power of community, but also the effect that your story can have on others. Because of the stories I heard, I am more motivated to refine and share my story with others. 
  4. Instant Alpha, yes please! Somehow I missed the Instant Alpha train and have only recently jumped onboard, but let me just say this is a game changer! I am so pumped to use Keynote, particularly with Instant Alpha, to help my students be more creative in expressing their understanding. 
  5. 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months.  We are always challenged after attending PD to take it forward and implement, but this was more tangible. In the first 5 days, I reflected. I tweeted. I shared my experience with my teacher friends. As I have now hit the 5 week mark, I am excited to share this blog post and share with you that I have completed my first Pages workbook. In the months to come I hope to create additional workbooks and begin publishing them to the iTunes Bookstore. There is always more to learn. 
This experience was one that I will always remember! I am already excited for my future Institutes and looking forward to staying in touch with the rockstar educators who entered my life this past July. 

Wishing you all a wonderful school year!


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