To the Apple team and my fellow Apple Distinguished Educators,
Thank you for loving my sometimes outgoing, sometimes reserved self. You inspire me to be creative. You let me be funny. You help me to be humble. You remind me that I am part of something bigger. If this is a dream, please don’t wake me.
As 371 of the most innovative, creative educators on this planet were together in Austin, I felt like I was home, surrounded by my people. And, after 40 years of Apple Education and 24 years of the Apple Distinguished Educator Program, we continue to change the world.
The creative genius behind Apple inspires storytelling like none other. My top three videos shared during the week were Homework, Homepod, and The Making of Homepod. I will watch them again and again, for sure.
The Making of … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6Hpal8fUA
Everyone Can Create
We were inspired to use Drawing, Photography, Video, and Music to create and, more importantly, to inspire others to create. We learned about Creativity + Simplicity + Humanity and to Simplify, Simplify, Simplify.
Jonathan Cho, your chicken drawing was outstanding. What was better was your stream of consciousness as you described the questionably accurate anatomy of the animal. I will remember the value of the process. The process IS the product.
Jodie Deinhammer and Julie Garcia, you rolled with the punches so well during your session – Connect Math and Science Through Creativity. Please know your message was inspiring and embodied the work of Creativity + Simplicity + Humanity with a touch of math and science love.
Wes Molyneaux, April Requard, Nancy Gadzala, and Ben Mountz (via hologram) your session – Foster Creativity Through Visual Storytelling with Keynote was well done, my friends. With a nice blend of quick wins (masking shapes and magic moves) and grand plans (the sketching project), you nailed it.
Mia Morrison and Erica Galvan, thank you for sharing your stories in your session – Bring Student Voice to Life with Books on iPad. Giving a voice to our kids is what it is all about.
Who knew so many of us were willing to get up before the sunrise to share a bit of exercise and good times? Thank you to the team behind this. Your signs were spot on.
Through a series of well-designed structures with ADE colleagues in small groups, one-on-one pairs, and individual work time, my project was developed, refined, and elaborated upon beautifully. In 4 short days it evolved as I worked to simplify, simplify, simplify the content and then expand, expand, expand the reach.
Thank you Mia Morrison, April Requard and the rest of ADE Team 1718 for welcoming me (all the way from group 30) in for that fantastic sharing and feedback session.
ADE After Hours
Kelly Croy your podcast message is awesome. Thank you for working to capture our voices. I am thankful that in doing so, your voice is captured as well.
Thank you Wes Molyneaux for sharing your story about microcredentialling and for letting me ask so many questions. You are inspiring and your impact is so great.
Noah Katz, you are a Keynote mastermind. Where the Wild Things Are will never be the same.
Thank you to the team behind this fantastic opportunity to share a bit of a story, infuse it with a bit of humor, and enlighten others with some creative tricks for their back pocket. I loved every minute of it.
Tip #1: Text Replacement
Tip #2: Twitter QR Code Generator
Thank you Christine and Kurt Klynen for your model of bringing the joy to professional learning and for the opportunity to be a small part of this at Institute through the Joy of Professional Learning’s Casino of Learning.
Thank you to the rest of the team: Cheryl Davis, Alberto Valdes, Camilla Gagliolo, Casey Cohen, Jason Kathman, Johan Andersson, Kelly Croy, Chris Penny, and Reshan Richards. Y’all owned it.
Katie Morrow, you are fantastic. Apple Tools for Literacy done Hamilton-style was unforgettable. Well done.
Anthony Stirpe, you are amazing. What a story. What an impact. Thank you for reminding us that we do this work for kids and they need us.
One-on-one time with my fellow ADEs
Surrounded by 370 other ADEs, finding a bit of quiet time to share ideas and openly welcome feedback was absolutely the best.
Thank you Michael Hernandez for the great conversation and quick run on Tuesday morning. Thank you also for the inspiration to use the Global Goals to leverage social justice as purposeful information for my project.
Thank you Don Henderson for your inspiration to bring Challenge Based Learning into my project.
Thank you Jon Smith for your inspiration to provide a greater audience for my project.
Thank you Noah Katz for your insight around data and for the inspiration to begin my project in this way. You are quiet amazing.
Thank you Brian Timm for your feedback on the details of my project and for your keen design eye on my Keynote graphic.
Thank you Nicki Hambleton for your absolutely positive spirit when sharing my project with my homeroom group. You faced so many challenges with grace this week, you are a beautiful person.
Thank you Cathy Yenca for sharing my love of mathematics and spending a small time talking about what we can do to make a big impact.
Thank you Jake Lee for your fantastic spirit. You have no idea how much it took for me to hold it together in this picture. I love your great personality! And, your project is too much, but the way.
Thank you to my Coppell ISD ADE friends, Brian Timm, Jodie Deinhammer, and Mike Yakubovsky. I am so lucky to go back to my day job and have you there. I love y’all.
Also, thank you to the translators who speak the universal language of high fives through the glass of the sound proof booths.
Until next time.