To Write or Not to Write
My "techy" comrades, I ask you, "What shall I do now?" Is there a "tech" life beyond TILT (Teachers Integrating and Learning Technology)? Is there a purpose for one more "edu-blogger" to write, one more blog for educators to read, one more site for readers to subscribe to? To this question--I do not know.
What I do know is this....I have an innate need to share. I've always fancied myself a writer, so why not?
Somewhere in the cloud out there, my words will remain until another educator finds relevance in my offerings.
And...so I begin....
This is a question you will be asking over and over again, each benchmark along the way as technology is learned and applied in your lessons. If you are like most educators today, the weight of testing hangs over your head. Complexity must be avoided at all costs. As you long to apply a new technology, a couple questions need to asked first.
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About the Author
Hello, readers of TechQuest. I am an elementary teacher with over 25 years experience. In addition, I have been a technology learner/leader for the past four years. Since 2007 I participated in and completed our district's TILT program, Teachers Integrating and Learning Technology. With the completion of this program, the question for me becomes, "How can I continue to learn and share technology with other educators?"
As I think about how I can best share what I have learned, I take into consideration how my fellow teachers feel with the load they already carry. Longing to learn technology and take their classrooms into the 21st Century, they want to know what webtools really work, how and where to begin, and "just gimme the facts."
Plagued by many obvious factors running throughout the school year, such as assessment, records and (of course,) the ever-looming standardized testing cloud each spring, instructors need a "down-to-earth" plan to follow. To start learning a tool only to stop, again and again, creates a weary teacher who is uninterested in participating in technology. With all the webtools out there, exactly where should one begin?
My own history is similar. I explored technology in the TILT program and began to realize just how much is "out there." Even after eighteen months of study, confusion kept me from making the connections necessary to bring my classroom into the 21st Century, as I longed to. My awesome technology facilitator encouraged me and never gave up on me, urging me to focus on one tool. I chose PBWorks as that tool. In the PBWorks 2010 Summer Camp I presented the wikis my students and I had built together. Today, my wikis continue to generate interest in the education community on the web.
What I discovered is how understanding one program lends itself to learning the next. One exciting thing is the way these webtools are evolving, becoming even more synonymous, or, if you will, fluid. This is great news for educators who want to "dip their toes" into technology and bring these highly motivating tools into their classrooms. My intention in writing this blog is to give busy educators a starting point from which to grow and develop. If you find this blog worthy as a guide, I hope you will pass it on to your teaching buddies.
Welcome to TechQuest,
a blog for busy teachers like you!
Special thanks to my TILT peers,
especially Desiree Caskey,
the heart and soul of our outstanding program.
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