Bela Gaytan

Career Changer: LX Designer, Web Dev, Advocate
๐ŸŒˆโ™ฟ Learning experience designer, front-end web dev, volunteer, and advocate. I โค traveling, coffee, and laughing 'til I cry.

Saturday 9/18/21: Edcamp Design for Learning - Identity

Hey gang! โค๏ธ This Saturday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT, I will be a moderator for Edcamp Community by Digital Promise's Design for Learning series! This Edcamp will focus on Identity in an online, unconference-style, professional development format.

We will explore identity in classroom design and instruction, focusing on self-understanding, sense of belonging, and navigating identity threats (from Transcend Designing for Learning cards). Best of all, Edcamps are 100% free, participant-driven, and vendor-free! ๐ŸŒŸ

I would be delighted to see you there! ๐Ÿคฉ
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Alt-text: The EdCamp logo (a top half of a red apple with the bottom partially missing in a wavy shape) appears next to "Edcamp Community by Digital Promise".
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70% off Adobe Creative Cloud for Students & Teachers

Gang!ย  I stumbled across this today and snatched this up FAST!ย  If you have a .edu e-mail account, you can get Adobe Creative Cloud for $15.99 (versus $52.99) a month!ย  Same cost whether you pay monthly or yearly.ย  I had chest pains I was so excited. ๐Ÿ˜‚

YOU GET ALL APPS:

  • Acrobat Pro
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • XD
  • Animate
  • LIghtroom Classic
  • Dreamweaver
  • Dimension
  • Audition
  • InCopy
  • Character Animator
  • Capture
  • Fresco
  • Bridge
  • Adobe Spark
  • Premiere Rush
  • Photoshop Express
  • Photoshop Camera
  • Media Encoder
  • Aero
  • Prelude
  • Lightroom Web
  • Scan
  • Fill & Sign
  • Acrobat Reader
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Storyline Trial Extensions

I just wanted to let everyone know that Storyline is really fab about extending your trial - just reach out to their customer service.ย  I had mine extended in quite literally a 3-minute chat with their support online recently. โค๏ธ
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Bela's Intro ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hey everyone!ย  I'm Bela Gaytan and am enrolled in the current Academy cohort.ย  I'm excited to learn and grow from all of you and include you in my network.ย 

I'm originally from Michigan, live in Tennessee, and am moving to New Mexico in the near future.ย  I currently work as a Project Lead and recently graduated with my M.Ed. in Learning and Technology.ย  My B.S. is in Business - Human Resource Management.ย 

My goal is to 100% freelance.ย  I've always been the entrepreneurial type and I am just happier when I am working for myself. ๐Ÿ˜Šย  I'm currently learning Storyline and Rise and building up my portfolio.

Loads of fun facts about me (I'm cheating and copying it from my website ๐Ÿ˜…):

  • I have explored eight countries (one for less than 24 hours, but hey โ€“ I think that still counts) on three continents, eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, and one disputed territory surrounded by hidden land mines.
  • I was chosen to participate in Grow With Googleโ€™s Developer Challenge and went on as one of the top performers chosen to continue with their Front End Developer program.ย  Google Developers even featured my story of perseverance on their blog!
  • I am disabled, with several chronic and genetic conditions. ย  Four of my conditions are rare disorders and Iโ€™m colorblind, as well, which is very rare for a female.ย  I like to say that I have scientific proof that I am rare and awesome!ย  Although I may sometimes be limited in my abilities, I am limitless with who I am or what I can be. โค๏ธ
  • I am a multipotentialite.ย  I passionately dive in to learn about topics that interest me and have a very broad skill set.ย  This is an asset, aiding in my creativity and ingenuity.
  • My father was a migrant worker and my motherโ€™s family were sharecroppers.ย  My parents grew up working in the fields, harder than most of us have ever had to work and for much less than we would ever accept.
  • Iโ€™m a total gamer!ย  I mostly play World of Warcraft and Hearthstone these days.ย  I also dig Portal & Portal 2.ย  My kids are gamers, as well โ€“ especially my son.ย  Our home is like an arcade with PS5, PS4, PS3, PS2, XBox 360, XBox One, and XBox Series S.ย  I also have a gaming computer that I named after one of my WoW characters.ย  Much nerd, very excite. ๐Ÿค“ย 
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