I have been presenting tech ideas to teachers in my building for the past couple of years. These presentations were small lunch sessions consisting of how to use specific apps, integrate technology into the classroom, and other technology uses. I recently gave my first presentation (on student blogging) to a group of teachers outside of my building. This is something I have always wanted to do, but never felt confident enough to go for it. I am so glad I did! It was amazing! The energy I felt as I presented was electrifying. It felt natural, easy, and comfortable. It was exactly what I should be doing and I want to do it more.
I am a reflective person, I like to reflect and think about how I can make things different/better. As I reflected on my first “real” presentation, I was excited to think about all the teachers who will be starting their school year trying new things (like student blogging) and making their student’s educational experience that much better, because of me! Then I thought, how can I reach even MORE educators? (Because reaching more educators = reaching more students) Of course blogging came to mind :)) Thoughts keep rushing through my mind: “Why would anyone read my blog?, What do I have to share that isn’t already out there?, Will this blog really make a difference in the way we educate our students?”. And the thoughts keep coming, but the challenge I face and the risk I am taking to put myself out there feels – right.
I have a busy school year planned ahead of me. I teach 5th grade and this will be my second year with 1:1 iPads in my classroom. I will have a new innovative, flexible classroom space that I am super excited about, I am trying new Global activities as well as continuing with ones I’ve used in the past, and I am planning on giving more presentations. I will use this space to share all of the ideas, risks, fun, failures, and accomplishments I encounter this year in hopes to inspire educators to become innovative in their own classroom.
Now that is Positively Techie…