What's your techE tool plan?
So you attended ISTE13. You have a ton of stuff. Maybe you were lucky enough to attend Adam Bellow's closing Keynote and you cried right along with me as he shared his personal teaching experiences and referenced great works of his collegues. You've been INSPIRED! You've read through all of your notes, reviewed your pictures and even surfed around all of those QR codes you scanned. Now what? The summer is quickly coming to a close and you have been wanting to pull together some sort of techE tool plan for the upcoming school year. Where do you start? It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of the cool things that are out there.
Look at your goals
First, create a list of goals you have for your students. This will help point you in the right direction. Maybe your goal for the year is to get students to collaborate (that was mine last year). If it is, consider using online tools like:
Here are two ideas on using Twitter in the classroom
Maybe you want your students to be more engaged in day to day lessons and activities. Consider using these tools:
educreations free iOS app and web tool for creating screencasts. Here is how I did that on the fly one day while covering a class.
Trading Cards free iOS app
AppleTV for AirPlay of iOS devices
Here is my advice
The best way to get students interested in your subject, is to love it so much that your passion for it shows in your attitude. It has been my experience that even the most reluctant student will respond to sincerity. For example, I show my passion for literature and writing using what has become known as 21st Century tools. Using iPads and AppleTV, for example, students are drawn into content ranging from Bradbury to poetry terms. This not only gives them something they are most likely familure with, but also a way to show their expertise with it. There's the hook.
AppleTV in my classroom
Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
I believe in this wholeheartedly. Even after fifteen years in the classroom I still have days where I question myself. Remembering what I love and am passionate about has helped me get though rough days. So if you are still wondering what you should do with all of that stuff you brought back from ISTE, stop and make a list of what matters to you. Then and only then will you find your focus.
Here's how my passion for literature and techE tools helped change the landscape of my classroom
Here are my Non-Negotiable Goals you might want to customize for yourself.
1. Student Engagement
2. Clear and precise instructions
3. Humor (duh)
4. Involving students in decision making
5. Room for individualized learning
6. Providing positive feedback (always)
7. Don't be paralyzed by indecision - if an idea isn't working out, ditch it and move onto something else
Ok, you really thought that
I would mention Adam Bellow's
closing Keynote without sharing
my own little clip from it?
Listen and you can hear me crying when I see my kids on that huge screen.