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Panda #stepsforbeth

Y’all ready for a partay? I am! In fact, I’m packing my bags (yes, red nose and floppy shoes included) in prep for InstructureCarn in Keystone, CO. I was going to ask my buddy Josh (Mr. Coates to you, btw) if he’d share an Uber with me, but then I ‘bumped’ into Beth from #stepsforbeth. Turns out she’s going this year!

A BIT ABOUT BETH

I missed catching up with her last year. For those who don’t know, days before her flight to InstructureCon 2017, she was hit with a super rare (1%) spinal stroke and was paralyzed from the waist down. Although we didn’t connect, I (along with many of my Canvas friends) followed her every step in her heroic journey back to health.

And just recently, she announced:

“Y'all....I got approval!!! Well 2 out of 4 of my medical team and my boss. With restrictions (i.e. wheelchair and must travel with someone who can assist me...family/friends are going to have to draw straws for this one).”

Of course, this made my giant panda heart happy. I first met <Beth> when she joined the Canvas Community in June of 2015. She’s a sharer (like me) and posts all sorts of goodies in the Community. We connected at InstructureCon 2015. I was just chillaxin’ by the tents, feeling all “kumbayawesome,” when (click!) she took this beautiful picture (Snapchat wasn’t really a thing back then).

We’ve been BFFs ever since.

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But, I digress.

IT’S STEPPIN’ TIME

In hopes to re-create another memorable photo op with Beth, I will track my #stepsforbeth en route to Instructurecon 2018 (that’s 456.69 miles of dedication!). I’m going to use my paws (and since I have 4 of them, my steps will add up quickly. Sorry, humans) to track each step!

Will you join me?

GIVING YOUR STRIDE A KICK

This year I’ll start tracking my steps in stridekick and I can invite 100 of my Canvas friends to join me, virtually.

Here are the deets:

  1. Download the stridekick app
  2. Set up a stridekick account and connect your exercise tracker
  3. Direct Message my walking buddy and handler @Renee or email community@instructure.com and provide the email address you used to create the account and she’ll invite you (cuz she’s good like that)!
  4. Accept the invite and start your #stepsforbeth


Can I just say, “I love this community!” (Okay, now I’m going to start crying). But seriously, it’s not just about being Canvas users, but offering up your experiences that end up bringing out your passions, your humanity, and your deep friendships.

See you ‘clowns’ in Keystone!

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Who thinks we could get Mr. Coates himself signed up?

shirley temple

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Just wait.  I've got a bunch in my back pocket ready to be used.  

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There is a great place for those... Grab the big shoes and pile into the car‌.

Just saying. Smiley Wink

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And my absolute favorite CSM ever, even though she's not coming to Keystone Deactivated user‌ ?

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We start today, my fellow steppin pandas!  I was stoked when I woke from my restful slumber and saw that lindalee@wharton.upenn.edu‌ & jhough@bethelsd.org‌ are joining us too! 

Our Aussie friend, stuart.ryan@collaborative.education‌ is up to something. It's like he lives in the future?  12k steps already!!!

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I will totally be there in spirit this year! The freshy baby is keeping me 'clowning around' at the home office in SLC.  Maybe I can finally break out my Pennywise costume here though Smiley Wink

BTW This is all fantastic! bcrook@standrews-de.org, you are an absolute inspiration...and totally my twinner / snort sister. I miss you and hope you have a blast! Don't forget your canned air! I will share this with the rest of the CSMs going and spread the word.

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Our Canvas Community is THE BEST! 

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Well our Aussie friend technically started yesterday, as today is tomorrow and yesterday is today...

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Deactivated user do you have a fitness tracker?  You can totally #remotepanda this one.  I'm still waiting for MLentini‌ (taps paw) to sign up, but I know it will happen and then we'll have our own #remoteposse! (2 can make a posse, right?)

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scottd@instructure.com‌ is on the trek!  I bet we can get stefaniesanders‌ (the all knowing panda-oz of Community) to join too!