I was preparing for one of our monthly Technology Lead Teacher meetings at the district, and I wanted to do something fun, showcasing an app that teachers could go back into their classrooms and use right away, even if they only had one device. I knew it needed a kitchy name, and “‘Appy Hour” has been used way too many times to count. Being musical by nature, “Come On, Get ‘Appy” just came to me.
As I was reviewing the app “Aurasma” with the team, one teacher said, “Oh, I’ve seen it on the iPads but I don’t know what to do with it.” At that point it occurred to me that I had asked for a number of apps to be installed on all the student and teacher iPads in the district without any explanation of the apps or my rationale for choosing them. Whoops! Later that meeting, another teacher asked if I had a “Come On, Get ‘Appy” blog that teachers could follow.
In response to this, the “Come On, Get ‘Appy” blog was born.
Who is Jody Green?
I am a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) as an Academic Coach focusing in Educational Technology in sunny La Habra, California. My career began in Arlington Heights, IL, where I taught 3rd and 4th graders English as a Second Language in a self-contained classroom. After two years in the Chicagoland area, I relocated to California and began teaching 6th grade at a middle school.
In early 2012, my district decided to bring a 1:1 mobile device initiative to the middle school students and I was fortunate enough to get a cart of iPads in my classroom. I am passionate about technology and its effects on teaching and learning. I have always found ways to integrate technology into my classroom, but having the opportunity to pilot the 1:1 program was exciting and energizing! It was just what I had needed to reinvigorate my teaching. But even with this renewal of energy, when the Coaching job was posted, I knew I had to apply. I was lucky enough to be offered the position, and I left my classroom March of 2012. Since then, I’ve been busy, busy, busy creating and delivering professional development and helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. And yes, I’m a huge IU Basketball fan! I earned a Master of Arts degree in Middle School Education from California State University, San Bernardino. I have a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from California State University, Fullerton. I’m also a Certified Thinking Maps Trainer and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. I’ve presented at various conferences such as ATE, CUE and ISTE. I’ve been published in Leading and Learning with Technology, and I’m currently co-authoring a book on how teachers can develop a personal learning network using social media and other digital tools. I’m an adjunct in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSU Fullerton where I teach the occasional graduate level course in educational technology.
My job is amazing but it’s not my whole life. I’m lucky to be married to my best friend and we have two amazing children and a dog. I’m a runner (not a fast one) and a tap dancer (not a good one). There’s always a song in my head and I’m never afraid to sing it. And I firmly believe that glitter makes everything better.