This has been an exciting year for me as I have stepped into a new role as a teacher technology consultant. This has been a dream of mine for about 10 years. I have always loved helping students integrate technology in the classroom. Naturally, this has helped me to gain the knowledge and experience needed to help teachers with technology integration in the classroom. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to reflect upon this past year and share some thoughts.
One of my PGP goals was to show teacher growth in at least one area of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards). As I recently wrote my PGP self-evaluation, I was thrilled to show evidence that 75% of the teachers in Wayland showed growth in at least one NETS standard. Here are some of activities that I observed:
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.
As I look through the activities that I observed, I believe that this year we have learned to use the 3 C's with each other, parents, and students. As I celebrate the 3 C's, I hope that you too will celebrate our growth in technology integration at Wayland. I also hope that we will all continue to challenge ourselves and expand our realm of technology integration next year as well.
I want to thank all of the awesome teachers that I have worked with this year. Wayland teachers teach, inspire and challenge our children to become caring contributors, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers prepared to embrace all of tomorrow's opportunities.
Another school year is coming to an end. I know that both students and the teachers are awaiting the last day. Summer is coming!
However, unlike students, many teachers do not just "take" the summer off. Many teachers take some breaks in the summer, but often we are gathering ideas for the next year. I know of many teachers that take classes, read educational materials, and are busy finding new resources for the next school year.
I want to encourage all teachers to take time for themselves during the summer months because we need to recharge our batteries. However, I know that many of you will be spending time preparing for the next school year. I encourage teachers to learn from other teachers by connecting with Twitter or Pinterest. These two resources have so much to offer. Both of these social media sites allow you to become part of the conversation or allow you to quietly watch in the background. Here is a link to Twitter Educational Hashtags. Or, a teacher can just search for formative assessment on PInterest by searching using the keywords "pinterest formative assessment". If you have never tried either of these teacher tools, I hope that you can find some time this summer to give them a try.
I am going to take some time for myself this summer. But, I also plan to do some preparation for the next school year. If you have any questions that arise about technology integration during your summer break, please do not hesitate to send me an email if I can be of help to you. Don't cycle into the next school year without some new technology tools that you can use with your students.