Do you follow Teacher Tech Community Member, Rachelle Dene Poth? She is an educator, lawyer, author, AND edtech matchmaker! Her ability to match up meaningful tech with needs that educators have is phenomenal! She’s kind of like the Wonder Woman in the EdTech space and you need to start following her, like RIGHT NOW!
But just in case you need some reasons, here are my top three!
#1 Learning As I Go Blog and THRIVEinEDU Podcast
Rachelle blogs and talks regularly about the different tech she is using. She follows trends but is always on the look out for apps and digital tools that embrace social emotional learning, student voice, and AR/VR. She has even guest blogged for Alice Keeler a few times with ideas on how to draw out creativity in students. Check out her latest blog on JabuMind, a teacher wellness app and her latest podcast on ideas on how to promote interactive learning.
Another reason I love her blog is that she regularly asks for guest bloggers. If you are looking to share your experience and growing expertise, she regularly puts a call out for guest bloggers and you should sign up!
#2 She Elevates Educators
Rachelle has begun a #THRIVEinEDU Community on Facebook and Twitter. I am also part of this community. She has made a home where educators who are working hard can share their content with other educators. We also co-host a twice-weekly broadcast that features what other educators are doing that is helping their students and colleagues thrive. You can catch Rachelle and Mel LIVE on Monday and for Friday at THRIVE O’Clock!
Here is our latest THRIVE O’Clock that happens every Friday at 6pm EST! We are hoping to regularly have educators join us for the last ten minutes when we play hilarious games that you can also use in your classrooms.
#3 Social Media Connections and Books!
Rachelle is so connected on basically every social media platform. She keeps the Twitter #FormativeChat going every Monday night (Alice Keeler is hosting it first week in December). You can find her on Facebook in her THRIVEinEDU Community and even on the new Clubhouse platform! She loves what she is doing and sharing. As a classroom teacher, she is looking out for her peers on a global level. Her books are filled with ideas on how to engage students with tech, but she is also vulnerable about her own learning along the way, hoping to encourage her professional learning family. My favorite books of hers are Unconventional Ways to Thrive In EDU and True Story: Lessons that One Kid Taught Us. If you are ready to be inspired by this amazing educator and leader, follow her today! And wish her a Fabulous Birthday, too!
About the Author
Melody McAllister is a wife, mother of five, educator, and author. She and her family relocated to Alaska from the Dallas area in 2019. McAllister is 2017 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year and author of the I’m Sorry Story. She is also the Logistics Manager for EduMatch Publishing and Alice Keeler, LLC. McAllister has spoken at ISTE and ASTE about equity issues in education, and writes about her journey in her blog, HeGaveMeAMelody.com. If you would like to schedule an author read with your class, please contact her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Melody’s BookChat every Wednesday at 8pm EST at YouTube.com/melodymcallister