Website: STEAM Tech Resources
Twitter: @frugalteacher and @mrsmorgansclass
Facebook: The Frugal Teacher and Mrs. Morgan's Tech Page
Presenter: ISTE and TCEA
PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator 2015-16
ESC Region 11 Rockstar 2015
Recipient of the TCEA Jeri Hodges Leadership Scholarship 2014
Teacher of the Year 2012-13 Crowley Independent School District
Crowley ISD Heartbeat Award 2013
Global Classroom Lead Teacher
Global Classroom Management Team Member
#globalclassroom chat moderator
Flat Classroom Judge
My mission as a teacher:
I am currently an Integration Technologist at STEAM Middle School in Texas. I got there by way of 2nd grade: After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, I started working at an elementary school as a teacher's aid. While there, I finished my degree, became a certified teacher, and was hired as second grade teacher.
After a few years in the classroom I was ready to take it to the next level. I wanted my classroom to reflect the changing world. When I was in school, we did not have computers, smartboards, document cameras, or even whiteboards. Today’s students are digital learners and I realized that I needed to provide an environment using technology to create a more authentic and relevant learning experience. I began my journey into the techie world by using Twitter to build my PLN (Personal Learning Network). This network helped me not only be a better teacher, but also a teacher who can reach today's students!
My first classroom was by no means state-of-the-art. I had a document camera, projector, and 4 desktop computers. But I learned to utilize what I had and not complain about what I didn’t have. All of my students blogged on a weekly basis, participated in weekly Skype calls with other classrooms, and used apps and programs to enhance their learning. We also participated in several projects involving collaboration and connection with classrooms around the world.
Teaching 2nd grade and learning new things through my network of amazing educators from around the world has changed the way I teach and the way I look at the world. It also prepared me for the new challenges I face in my new position at STEAM Middle School.
The purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts, ideas, and products that are of interest to educators. All opinions are my own.