“I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away. What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away…it was already here. I just wasn’t aware of it yet.” – Bruce Sterling
Technology is an amazing educational tool – but it can be scary. Our students are coming to us with a wealth of technological knowledge and expertise that many of us do not yet have. Yikes!
If we want to be the best teachers possible for our students and guide them to be successful adults in the 21st Century, we have some work to do in the land of technology. It is here, it is important, and it is a tool that can help us accomplish that which, at one time, we may have thought impossible.
Presently we are incorporating technology in classrooms via the use of i-pads, smart boards, laptops, and in some cases, i-pods. Students are accessing websites at home for homework and reading interventions are in full swing every morning in the lab. Yet – we are only scratching the surface of the power that technology has in a teacher’s hands to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Notice I mentioned you, the teacher. Technology without you is like a book that is never opened. Useless without guidance. Be sure to keep this in mind. Technology will never replace the teacher.
Today, I am planting a seed on the topic of technology. In upcoming posts, I will share more details of how technology is used in our classrooms (via you) and ideas for incorporating more tools as we move forward.
This Week’s Question: What tool are you currently using that enhances your instruction and provides rigorous lessons and experiences for your students? Think Apps, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other Social Media Outlets.
Mark Your Calendars
Monday: February 24th: Literacy Afternoon Scholars, GLM Grade 2 @ 1:10 (Writing Rubric)
Tuesday: February 25th: Dale Bishop form DSAC to Visit, School Council Meeting @ 4:00, Superintendent to speak 6:30 -8:30 about new Middle School Configuration , Math Afternoon Scholars
Wednesday: February 26th: Lisa at Principal PD through BSRI: Speaker is John D’Auria and topic is Difficult Conversations, Literacy Afternoon Scholars
Thursday: February 27th: Author Visit- Brian Lies for Grades K-4 with a night component for Pre-K – 5 @6:00, Lisa @Leadership Meeting 9:00-10:30, Math Afternoon Scholars
Friday: February 28th: Open Response Writing GLM – same schedule as previously provided
***Please be prepared to give the district math assessment on March 4th which is an early release day. Thanks : )
Articles Worth Reading
20 Tips For a More Organized Classroom via @TeachThought
Secrets of Teachers Who Love their Jobs: Always be a Learner via @Angela_Watson and @benjamingilpin
Improvement is the Goal via@shannondegan
Videos Worth Watching
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RElUmGI5gLc via @TeacherInMe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eBmyttcfU4 via @PrincipalJ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nju6yel062Y via @DanielPink
Quotes Worth Thinking About!!!
“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable, and attain the impossible.” – William Arthur (this is my favorite )
“At every crossway on the road that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past.” – Maurice Maeterlinck
“Your successful past will block your visions of the future.” Joel Barker
“If it is important it should be intentional” Stephen Covey
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end (which you can never afford to lose) with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.” – Jim Collins in Good to Great