The first classroom I taught in after graduating from college had no technology, unless you count the speaker from which the office announcements blared. Fast forward to my present-day classroom, equipped with 13 desktop computers, a Promethean board, and a ceiling-mounted projector. Additionally, a grade partner and I share a cart of 30 Chromebooks. I am able to provide a 1:1 ratio of learner to tech daily.
Having the tools of the trade means nothing unless we know how best to use them. I set out 6 months ago to learn everything I could about GAFE (Google Apps For Education) and a number of other ed tech tools. My Twitter PLN (Professional Learning Network) was instrumental in encouraging this self-education process. I had to educate myself in order to stay current and to serve my instruction and my students. I wanted this school year to be The Year of Ed Tech, and so far it has been. What we have learned and produced together has been impressive (and fun)!
That being said, I realize just how spoiled I now am. I've had access to tech in the classroom for much of my career thus far, and now that I feel more competent than ever with it, I'm worried about losing it. (Silly? Yes. Selfish? Definitely. Truthful? Yes.) Making the transition to a Middle School next school year has its pros and cons, its certainties and unknowns. What if at my new post I don't have such ease of access and a 1:1 set-up?
Bottom line: The show must go on, with or without tech. I'll adapt. I'll continue to learn about ed tech. I'll seek ways to infuse my instruction with it. And who knows? I may just end up getting spoiled all over again.
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