I love my job. Being a high school Innovation Specialist/Librarian has allowed my to help others along their journey with ed tech and information literacy. I am driven by learning and sharing what works and that was the plan as I proposed last April a session for our state’s largest ed tech conference, SLATE, the following December. I asked my Principal and an elementary Innovation Specialist to join me. Our session’s title: “What did COVID teach us about teaching and learning? Mini Lessons Learned in Ed Tech”. I imagined taking a moment to have teachers recognize and reflect how we rose to the occasion as we were asked to do something we’ve never done as a whole, online teach. Last April I couldn’t imagine the place we are in now. Almost a full month in to school and in many ways we are right back where we started. Since August I have been thinking about our presentation. As September fades I wonder about my December plans for SLATE. Would what I and my colleagues have to offer have an appeal to anyone? Do we have the energy to even present and would others have the energy to engage? I have been dreading finding the answers to those questions as I am afraid of what I’ll find.
While putting together a information for a chemistry research project I rediscovered the magic of ThingLink. ThingLink brings your graphics to life quickly and allows for a media rich digital resource. If you haven’t used it or have forgotten about it, now might be a good time to take a look.
Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog has been found! Ok, it wasn’t lost, I just found it. It’s actually been active since 2003 but it’s taken this long for me to notice. Dr. Puentedura has made available to all his thoughts, slides, resources, wisdom, as well as 10 years of archival information regarding technology initiatives. It looks well worth the visit.
When you want to see how far something has gone, take a moment to see where it has been. As described on the New York Times ” A graphic history of classroom technology, from the writing slate to the electronic tablet. “
- How Social Media and Technology have Shaped me as a Student (bmacute.wordpress.com)
- ‘Exploration first’ boosts classroom learning (futurity.org)