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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Meet Erin Jackle and Share Session Ideas

Edcamp Chicago on April 27th, 2013 registration is officially sold out! We are so excited to host this great event. If you weren't able to register in time, please know that we will be tweeting with the hashtag #edcampchicago so you can follow along the day of the event. You can also follow our awesome group of organizers on Twitter to see what they share about the event. If you are registered, make sure to visit the Session Ideas doc to see what topics people are interested in and to add your own ideas to share!

Today we're introducing another member of our fun team, Erin Jackle! Erin is writing our upcoming blog posts to help get you ready for the event in two weeks. She'll be sharing more about what to expect, what to bring along, what to do before the Edcamp Chicago. Stay tuned! And thank you Erin!

Erin Jackle, Edcamp Organizer, and her Adorable Twin Daughters
Erin is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Independence Center for Early Learning in U-46. She has been teaching for 8 years.  Prior to U-46, she worked in a Head Start classroom and also has experience in a Montessori classroom. Erin is most excited about EdCamp because we are putting professional development in our own hands. She can't wait for teachers to get to learn about the things they want and need to learn about, and to learn from our peers. She is a huge believer in the power of social media and is hoping to be able to share some of that knowledge with others who are interested in seeing how social media can benefit them as professionals. Erin loves learning about new technologies, apps, and social media sites, and is hoping there will be others willing to share their techy knowledge with her. 

When asked what inspired her to become a teacher, Erin responded: "Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.  Truthfully, I've looked up to all of my teachers as inspiration throughout the years, but the story of Helen Keller settled in my heart when I was in the 2nd grade, and I've been amazed by the power of learning every since.  I'm inspired every day to find ways for all of my students to learn and grow."

When asked what her favorite social media platform is, she said, "Twitter!  I have been using twitter for years personally, and have made so many wonderful connections with other twin moms through Twitter.  I recently started a public, professional Twitter account, and I can't believe I waited so long to do it!  It's a great way to share what's going on in my classroom, but it's also an amazing professional development tool.  With Twitter, I can talk to educators around the world about my areas of interest.  I can get new ideas, talk about policy, share my knowledge, and do my laundry all at the same time.  Plus, it's free.  You can't ask for much more from professional development."           
Erin had this so say about what device she can't live without: "Without a doubt, my iPhone.  How did we live before smartphones?  I love that I can basically carry my computer in my pocket with me.  I can tweet, email, take photos of my daughters...I even made a movie in iMovie on my phone this weekend.  LOVE IT." She also had to add: "Special shout out to my wireless keyboard.  Thank you for making typing on my iPad so much easier!"              

If you would like to learn more about Erin and her work, you can find her here:
Twitter: @ErinJackle
Class Blog:
Early Childhood Curriculum Blog:

Finally, if Erin had to choose only one book to read for the rest of her life, she said Harry Potter, and then added, "Can I read all 7 books?  If I have to pick just one, I'll pick book five, because it's the longest!" And to go along with this, when we asked her, "If you were a Starbucks drink, what kind of drink would you be?" she explained, "Earl Grey Tea Latte, because I wish I was British." Very apropos! 

Thanks for taking the time to get to know Erin! Make sure to stop over and visit the Session Ideas doc. April 27th will be here before we know it!


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