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Dec 8, 2015

This Week: Plan , Promote, (Pour)

By On 10:29
This winter I got to plan the Office of Educational Technology Open House for the Technology Incubator Lab. Planning began in early fall and ended with this event. This was the start of our winter season and a great kickoff for the Ed Tech Team. Especially after having outrnew branding in place (and fabulous)!

And there was wine… thanks Bota Box.

For my part, I worked to:
  • design the digital and print invitations and hand-delivered several (very old school)
  • setup the lab furniture using the latest in collaborative learning space design models—allowing for individual work and group work—as in focus groups or meeting participants, 
  • setup Recording studio for optimal efficiency—if not lighting, I prefer a more subtly lit room than most of my peers), 
  • laid out refreshments and try-before-you-by technology tables (my favorite was the robot phone, but there were also Mac Book air, iPad pro, Surface Pro, Logitech headset microphones, and Apple Watch), and
  • helped demo all of the fun technology to the steady stream of visitors who visited the lab.

This meant that I was busy from before the start until the end of the day…almost too busy to snap pictures. Here are few of the images I got during the most successful technology open house in recent history:
Demo technology included this Surface Pro, iPad pro, Mac Book Air, and much more...

You may not see the "Robot Phone' but it can see you...

Entrepreneurial Spirit: JennyJen 42

By On 07:28

Last year Jennifer McBrien was voted the Art Teacher of the year. Not a small feat for someone in a public school system that has whittled down art offerings and budgets to make getting stuff done tougher and tougher for educators. Jen joined us for our holiday dinner party and we see her and husband several times a year.

On a recent visit to their art studio, my eye was drawn to mini tapestry, drawn freehand on Jen’s sewing machine. This is the art that she makes when not in front of a classroom. After wine, conversation, and several visitors coming through the open studio tour hubby and I had to buy this piece—as a Christmas present to ourselves.

Dedication and Development

As an artist, Jen is completely responsible for her production, self-promotion, event scheduling and planning. It really is a full time job—in addition to full-time teaching. As we talked I was surprised by the dedication and self- control that it takes for one to be ones own production staff. What I love is seeing her development through the years. She creates birdy-birds, from the cartoonish abstractions to advanced ornithological accurate sewing machine drawings.

The piece we purchased took something like 7 hours(over days) to create—from idea, to sketches, to inception, to finishing. It’s amazing. But Jen also takes evenings and weekends to produce wares and art for craft shows, fares and juried online exhibitions

Shameless Self Promotion

Jen’s blog is regularly shared on social media, her Etsy Store is another stream of content that appears in my facebook feed. She applies and for and attends sales events around the country and enters online juried exhibits on a regular basis. Since we’ve met I’ve visited Jens booth at the east coast’s largest arts festival every year. Hubby and I have purchased four of her unique and beautiful pieces so far.

We’re still looking for the perfect home to hang our Christmas present