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The Launch Party Welcome to the Lighthouse

WELCOME, EDUMARINERS

After we had a blast organizing VIRGILcon this summer, we thought about a platform to use the lessons we learned from that experience to help educators. Over many cups of coffee and tons of laughs, the Lighthouse concept was born.

Each month, we'll tackle skills and ideas that will help you make your classrooms centers for explosive learning, innovative ideas, and collaboration. Every week there will be challenges and access to resources. Twice a month we'll have Virgilcon-style work sessions focused on building capacity around the monthly skill.

Week 1

No adventure should be had alone. When taking steps toward tech integration, your professional learning network will come in handy.

Challenge numero uno? Find some friends that will help you on your journey.

Download your challenge document. If you have an iOS device or Mac, the Numbers document is your jam. If you're on Android or PC, then the PDF is your friend.

Week 2

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are the rage. They'll help you keep your digital life organized, your students and parents informed, and facilitate awesome learning opportunities.

Second challenge? An investigation of learning management systems. Even if you're school or district is partial to one, it's always good to be familiar with a few of them.

Download your challenge document. If you have an iOS device or Mac, the Numbers document is your jam. If you're on Android or PC, then the PDF is your friend.

Week 3

The goal isn't to do everything. The goal is to do something. The best way to accomplish anything is by making a list of priorities.

Challenge 3? Let's make a list of priorities and how we plan to achieve them.

Download your challenge document. If you have an iOS device or Mac, the Numbers document is your jam. If you'd like to use Google, use the link to Sheets.

Week 4

Time keeps on ticking, but we can use it to keep ourselves sane. You can use the timer on your phone to set realistic limits to your activity to encourage productivity. The Pomodoro Technique is especially good at this.

Challenge four encourages you to time your interactions with new technology in your classroom.

Download your challenge document. If you have an iOS device or Mac, the Numbers document is your jam. If you're on Android or PC, then the PDF is your friend.

Bonus!

A technique to integrate into your planning process is a "Pre-Mortem." Take a look at your lesson plans and contemplate every thing that could go wrong with the lesson before you teach it.

What happens if the Wifi dies?Can you reset Google Passwords if necessary? What if that fancy new tool doesn't work as intended? These are things that can be contemplated before your lesson.

Bonus Challenge: Add a Pre-Mortem section to your lesson plans. Then Google solutions to the problems and add these to your lesson plans as well.

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