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Time to Move On – Goodbye Be A Techie!

Published on May 10, 2014 by in Technology
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I started www.beatechie.com blog in 2006. I really enjoyed the blog and the possibilities it was offered to me.

But, over the next three days I will be closing it down and will only having the www.carolbroos.com website/blog. I am starting over. After 483 posts, it has come to an end. Think about it, everything you do will end, How you end it is your design. It was time. 

I retired the first time in 2011, after thirty-three years of teaching K-8 general music in Illinois. Then I worked two years at the Golden Apple Foundation, commuting two hours each way. I moved to Florida and am working on simplifying my life. One the simple things will be having only one blog, one website. I choose the www.carolbroos.com since it was the first url I purchased and it defines me. 

It’s been a great ride and I feel an new desire to blog by only having on website/ blog. My philosophy has and will be EVERYONE should Be A Techie, it’s the only way you can exist in today’s world.

Hope to see you at the www.carolbroos.com site.

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Seriously Educators – Have a Professional-looking Photo

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FUN_ADE_09_00867_3I am creating a slide show for an organization. It will be projected during a luncheon. There are people that we wanted to introduce, so I emailed the educators to send me a digital photo. To my surprise, the level of pictures was sub-par. They were scanned in, too small, or worse yet, pictures on vacation!

If you want to be taken seriously as an educator, take the time to get really good pictures of yourself.

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Here are some suggestions:

  1. Background. It should all be ONE color. That way it makes the viewer look ONLY at you. When you have books, mountains, or other objects, people take the time to figure out where you are, not WHO you are.
  2. Have a serious picture and a creative “interesting” photo. Use the serious one for blogs (see mine) and professional organizations.
  3. Outfit. This should also be ONE color. Arms should be relaxed and you could have ONE object in your hand or your hand on your cheek. A simple head shot is fine, with NO arms, just the neck.
  4. Lighting. Have lights ONE you not on the background lighting.
  5. Size. Think the “Three Bears” Have a variety of size of your picture. 
    • Small size for social media.
    • Medium size for resumes,
    • Large size for presentations and publications.

Anyone else have other ideas?


Carol_picture (1)Headshots are just that – NOT bodyshots on beaches or full shots in the classroom. This picture would be UNACCEPTABLE.

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Personal Touch

Published on March 14, 2014 by in Education
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Screenshot 2014-03-14 16.13.15It’s about the personal relationships we develop, it is the window to the content and information. Technology can bring relationships forward or fragment them.

I recently moved to Florida. Not since my college days have I had such an change in my life. I moved to a completely new part of the country and now faced with finding insurance, doctors, a dentist, hair, and other common everyday companies I took completely for granted for years.

Over the years, I developed personal relationships with people who I employed “up north.”  I had my dentist for thirty-five years and my insurance man for twenty-one. I could go on and on, I was loyal and so were they. Now I have to replicate it. What do I look for? Well, it’s the exact same thing students want in us as teachers.

  1. Take a personal interest in me and REMEMBER my name.
  2. Understand my personal and individual needs.
  3. Have a deep sense of family, either be in business with family members, or create a family experience within the office or organization, starting with the secretaries or schedule organizers.
  4. Be informative and have humor in everyday life.
  5. Tell personal stories to illustrative how human you are.
  6. Have the ability to communicate face-to-face, as well as a digital level, with followup emails, texts, or other digital fingerprints.

The more personal we make the experience the more we can convey the content. Yes, we have to know our content, but the idea that we leave out the personal touch is the tipping point.

So, as I invent a whole new “me,” it will be with the help of others to guide and teach me. It will be with those people who have the personal touch.

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