I have to create lesson plans, grade papers, give assessments, ensure proficiency for standardized tests and NOW need to compete with students and their technology. I don’t understand what all the fuss is with technology. These children seem to be completely enthralled with their phones and computers and don’t seem to need me. Help! - #whats the big deal??!
Dear future 21st century educator,
It’s hard to swallow that our students are experienced in this technosphere and know more about social media, technology and their power than we do. Our world has changed because of social media, and our educational system has begun to adapt AND MUST continue to improve because of it.
My advice: immediately take an active role in it. Do you know why students are so obsessed with their smartphones and social media such as Twitter and Facebook? Find out. Then take full advantage of it. Share! Everything you do in your classroom is a work of art, share it. Your ideas, opinions and suggestions are valuable. The community, your state, our nation, and the world will benefit from what you have to offer.
@tomwhitby states, “Educators must be taken into consideration. Tech will never have a huge impact on kids' learning until it has an impact on educators. We need a paradigm shift in PD”. How can I be more proactive in my own learning of technology? Technology is a powerful tool. I experienced that enlightenment. I understand.
We as teachers become better when we share our ideas, constructively help each other to improve our lesson plans and discuss new technologies and their uses for the classroom. Last year I collaborated professionally with my former colleague @lelises and truly reaped amazing experiences in my career by just sharing ideas for foreign language teaching.
I invite you to take a step into the unknown. @senoritaalopez states "Be flexible to change. Don't be afraid of new ideas!(tech, lessons) You might actually like it. (link to video)"
I might come off too strong and opinionated, but I sincerely and truly want good things for you because I am you. I am the teacher in the trenches everyday. I know how hard I work at trying to create amazing lesson plans that make a positive change in our students. And I know you can do it too. Just start small. Today. Now. What are you waiting for???
I promise good things will spiral from this.
Teacher techie lover