A new school year has begun...and there are so many things filling every teacher's mind. From putting up bulletin boards to Professional Development days to finding out when NWEA Fall test dates are, every teacher is busy trying to complete the "beginning of the year" list of things to do.
In Wayland, teachers have also added "How to better use the iPad in the classroom" to their list. We are beginning year two of the iPad Initiative. Through professional development, PLCs, and countless hours of self-discovery, teachers have gained a good foundation of how to use their iPads in their classrooms. But now we must forge ahead and add another layer of learning to the technology integration foundation.
What will you learn this year about technology integration? This may not have been a question on your mind, but I want for you to think about it as the year begins. I am planning to meet with every teacher in the first six weeks of school to discuss this question. Together we can find some areas of technology integration that will make a difference for you and your students.
My hope for this year in regards to technology integration is that we all learn to use the 3 C's, Communication, Collaboration, and Celebration. I hope that we can all become better communicators (sharers of information) with each other, parents, and students. I also hope that we become better collaborators (discussers of information) with each other, parents, and students. And, finally, I hope that we can all celebrate our tremendous successes of technology integration with each other, parents, and our students.