I am motivated to become up to date on current technology. I have a M.Ed. in Reading and my principal certification so I am looking for ways of using technology that would enhance my teaching of both staff and students. I feel that technology has become a weak area for me. In the past, I always considered myself a tech savvy person. I quickly lost pace with what’s out there that would benefit me and ultimately my students. Having three teenagers of my own, I know they moved on to Twitter, Instagram, and something new to me called Vine. I’m still stuck in the Facebook only era. When they’re asked to do a Powerpoint presentation they roll their eyes and talk about teaching in the stone ages. How else would they do a presentation? This is my dilemma. I would love to gain knowledge and try out new pieces of technology and talk to others about how to seamlessly incorporate it into my student’s learning.
My district recently adopted a new reading program. Very little technology is embedded in the program. Unfortunately, many teachers have returned to using the paper and pencil “writer’s notebook” because that’s what the program calls for and they want to implement with fidelity. We need direction on how to seamlessly use technology in our current lessons without losing sight of the essential teaching. For example, instead of a writer’s notebook, wouldn’t blogging serve the same purpose plus address some of our technology standards (that are currently being overlooked)? My goal is to become familiar with current technologies, use them with my small groups, and share them with teachers. Technology needs to be a solid part of our teaching not just a once a week computer lab class.