“3x a week take 15min playing with new digi tool, 1x a wk 15min to integrate the tool into an existing lesson via @benpaddlejones“
A few people picked up these tweets and ran with them for a while. To me though it echoed further. There is so much I do not understand, that I cannot yet do, so much that I want to explore. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by my lack of knowledge and expertise. What I do know is that it’s not just about liking teaching with technology, it’s much deeper than that. The interesting part is that this morning I read Chris Betcher’s latest blog post and could really identify with it.
“It may appear that we edtech types are constantly promoting the use of technology just because we happen to like technology, but it runs deeper than that. We promote the importance of technology because, if you have been embedding technology into your teaching for any length of time now, you’ve seen first hand just how effectively it can start to shift the way your classroom operates. You know it can increase engagement, raise the quality of the work, make the learning more authentic, more on-demand, because you’ve seen it. And while you might value the role of technology in enabling all these things, you also realise that it’s not really about the technology, but rather the learning.”
So where does this leave me as a teacher and a learner? I can’t do it all today, I can’t do it all at once, but I can and I will do it slowly. I will take 15 minutes (give or take a few) a few times a week to explore a new tool that I have read about, seen, or listened too. If it grabs me in that time I will endeavour to figure out how to integrate it into my current program. I know that in the correct context it will fulfil all the claims Chris Betcher makes.
As for Glogster, we will be planning our goals for term 2 this week. I am going to allow the students to use Glogster together with our Two Stars and Wish Program, to create their own goal posters for this term. We will embed the best on our class blog and print them out as a permanent display point in the classroom.
And Prezi? Well I used Prezi to make a bullet point presentation about the keynote speakers at ACEC2010 which I then presented to my colleagues. I found Prezi really easy to use and by making it quickly after the conference I was able to put down my ideas while they were fresh in my mind.
And next week, well I am open to suggestions?