Thoughts that evolved out of Educon:
I’m changing the name of my blog. Mrs. Irvin’s Tech Page is now
Learning Spaces Learning Journey, because it seriously is a journey! I haven’t decided if there is an end to this journey. It just keeps on going.
I decided to take the “Tech” out of the name just like I need to take the “tech” out of my goals. I don’t like my title as Technology Teacher. I’m not teaching technology. I’m teaching students and teachers to learn and think and use the technology as if it were a pencil, pen or paintbrush.
This whole idea had me thinking, “is this new?” For years we in the tech world have been saying it’s a tool not to be taught. Just as we wouldn’t think about teaching how to use a pencil or when to use a pencil or what type of pencil to use.
So why are we still discussing how to get tech integrated into our classrooms? I feel like we are squandering precious time talking about it. What are we doing about it?
Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- working with teachers who are interested and available to meet – There are some teachers who invite me into their planning time and classrooms. I happily accept those invitations. There are some teachers who have told me they do not want me at their planning time, so I do not work with them. It’s quite simple.
- taking baby steps – starting with something small – Each time I work with a teacher, I encourage them to pick just one thing to try during our time together. I don’t want them feeling overwhelmed. We keep it simple.
- celebrating the successes no matter the size – a teacher uses google forms to collect information from students – YAY! A teacher instructs students to create tutorial videos about studying, upload them to their google drives and share with teacher and me – YAY! No success is too small to share and celebrate
“Technology needs to be like oxygen – ubiquitous, necessary and invisible.” – Chris Lehmann