Thursday, July 21, 2016

EPIC Academy

EPIC Academy: Game Inspired Professional Development.  What's that, you say?  PD that I can do from the comfort of my living room?  I can earn CEUs for having a Pinterest board?  For tweeting?  I can compete against others by earning XP (experience points)?  Count me in.

Lucas Gillispie is the force behind this. He's our system's Director of Academic and Digital Learning. He's also got a lengthy resume of some cooler sounding titles, like international speaker and winner of a Virtual Excellence Award. He blogs at EduRealms.com. (Sidenote - I attended his session on MinecraftEdu at NCSLMA way back in 2012. Who knew he'd be in our Central Office a couple of years later?)

EPIC really has been a game changer for me.  It is what got me hooked on Twitter as an educator.  It's why I started blogging. It is how I've been exposed to some high quality thought-provoking content online (ex. Ted Talks.) For each quest there's usually a reflective component or a performance based task, such as creating content for your lessons using Google Apps. Other topics include Skype, coding, augmented reality, and SAMR.

All in all, I'm proud of how far I've come this past year or so.  I feel like the Imagination Chapter and EPIC experiences have made me a lot braver. I am certainly more open to taking more risks. And thanks to Twitter, it's easier to find opportunities like the Finch Robot Loan Program.
 
Go check EPIC out.  Sign up and tell him Tonya sent you.

PS Check out my cool banner!

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