Thanks for jumping into the technology pool conversation with me! My name is Alli Schilling and I am excited to facilitate this discussion!
For some of us, this pool is more like a swamp filled with crocodiles and questionable bacteria. For others, it is a beautiful, crystal blue resort pool with comfy chairs and a cool breeze. For me, I am somewhere in the middle. Let me take you back about a year….
I was nowhere near this pool. I had heard how much of a difference using technology tools in the classroom can make and even though I was quite sure this was true, I was not jumping in. I was not even putting a toe in. Not even sitting on a tube with an umbrella drink. I just felt that it was unnecessary and I could communicate just fine with my students without videos and apps. Who doesn’t love reading a long explanation of an assignment or concept, right? ;)
Now back to October 2018. I am no longer afraid of this pool. In fact, I have jumped in and I am in the deep end! I have tried a few different technology tools in my classes and I LOVE THEM. They have changed the way I communicate with my students, changed the way my students respond to assignments and exams, and have increased the good vibes in my classes! Who doesn’t love that? Am I an expert? Far from it! But I have tried some great stuff and would love to share with you and also learn from you as well!
So over the next four weeks, we will talk about why and how we can use technology in our classrooms, the pros and cons, and introduce the Pedagogy First website. We’ll talk about two (easy-ish) tools to get started (Loom and Remind), then wrap up with sharing our successes and any room for improvement we may have.
So are you ready? Grab your towel and sunnies, we are headed out! (Side note – I realize that we are going into fall and this theme would have been much better suited a few months ago ;)).