With the passing of September and the official Back-to-School season, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what I call smilestones—the important events in your life that make you, well, smile.
On a personal note, my biggest Back-to-School smilestone was my daughter Haley’s first day of Kindergarten. She followed in the footsteps of her older brother Gavin—now a seasoned second grader—and stayed calm, cool and collected. I wish I could say the same for myself…
On a professional note, Subtext’s push into schools this Fall has been full of smilestones:
- The email I received from Cheryl, the librarian at Pittsburg High in KS and the first educator to reach out to us for training. Coincidently, my husband’s parents Sharon and Robert graduated from Pittsburg High in 1958.
- A very enthusiastic return call from Sydnye, the tech director at Brookfield High in CT; she began “We’re already using Subtext, and we love it.” We had the opportunity to visit Brookfield during a tour of East Coast schools in August. We trained three dozen teachers and stayed fueled on chocolate chip cookies.
- Our many visits to Monte Vista Christian in CA, one of the first schools in the country to roll out a 1:1 iPad program. I’ve enjoyed my 15 minutes of fame at their iPad conferences, and I’m equally impressed by their Google-style cafeteria and library of the future—all digital books!
- The first time we met Sara and Julie from Hopkins West in MN. They ran up to our booth at a reading conference in Chicago exclaiming, “You’re the best thing at IRA. Subtext is exactly what we’ve been looking for!” So began friendships I hope Natalie, our very talented school liaison, and I will keep forever. We love those ladies!
- Training a dozen teachers at Avenues in NY who came in on their day off to learn the ABC’s of Subtext. They were universally smart and enthusiastic—and, wow, Avenue’s brand new facility is nothing short of amazing. We’re proud to be part of the school’s first year and their forward-looking push into technology.
- The first official story about Subtext in schools, posted earlier today on EdSurge. I thoroughly enjoy reading EdSurge and appreciate Ben’s enthusiastic endorsement. One comment on access to books in Subtext: Google Play’s collection of ‘modern books’ is about as large as Barnes & Noble’s, and you can also read books and docs in ePub format in Subtext. Read More »
I look forward to many more smilestones as Subtext continues to grow…