Well, I think I am a little slow on the draw for the #ETCoachesBlogChallenge, but here is my site. I do not have a very clever name like many of you, just using my name.
This site started while I was a classroom teacher and served as a quasi-learning management system for my students. I was always afraid to blog and share my thoughts, but more recently have found a way some pride in my online voice. I started blogging in while in college but was never focused on what I was writing and never saved those posts. The current form of my website was launched in the fall of 2015 and revamped early in the winter of 2016. My current focus is lacking, but I like to take the time and share something that I have read, come across, or created. I want to continue to develop the blog and the focus and hope that the #ETCoachesBlogChallenge will help in my finding my online voice and purpose. I am probably most excited to continue to grow my Professional Learning Network!
My name is Daniel Mares. I am entering my 7th year in education and my second year (first full time!) as an Instructional Technology Coach. I just started a new job this past fall in Southwest Michigan with Coloma Community Schools. I am beyond excited to be in place to support Coloma’s 1-1 initiative with Chromebooks. I have found the teachers to be excellent and see the value in using the technology in their classrooms. I personally am a strong believer in Google Apps for Education and am a huge fan of Chromebooks in education. I find that they are excellent tools to complete the job and continue to get better as the web begins to increase. I guess you could say that my expertise is Google Apps for Education and my focus, professionally, is helping to utilize the features of Google Apps for Education in the classroom.
I am looking forward to connecting with everyone through this challenge!