Learning for the New Year

Well, before this month comes to an end it’s time to make time to get a blog post written. I should be sleeping or doing report cards but I will put those off for now… A couple of weeks ago JDBlack, over at teachingntechnology, asked; ” What do you really want to learn more about in 2008?” As I began to form my answer I realized I was mixing what I want to learn, what I want to teach my students and what I want to accomplish all into one answer. That’s not too surprising since they all do mesh. But I thought about it and decided I need to put them all down in writing so I can refer back them to keep my self on track and make additions as needed.

Personal Learning

Podcast-learn how to download one, listen to one, make my own and figure out how to incorporate it into my tech classes or share with teachers on how they can use it.

Voice Thread-It’s not blocked by our filter so it’s another item to figure out how to integrate it into my class or share with teachers.

Skype-What is it? How and why would I want to use it?

Blogging-find exemplary sites, and information on safety.

Multitask-unlike my children I’m not real good at listening to a broadcast on EdTechTalk, checking Twitter, reading  a blog and working on a document at basically the same time. I often feel like I’m developing ADD when I’m on the computer. I read one blog, click on a link to an interesting site and that continues until I’ve forgotten where I started. I have trouble staying focused and often times a night on the computer goes by and I’ve accomplished very little.

Goals for the Year 

Continue my quest to make assignments meaningful and authentic while integrating what students are doing in the classroom with the technology skills I need to teach.

Continue to learn about Web2.0 tools and find ways to use them with my students.

Read blogs everyday for 15 minutes.

Respond to more blogs.

Finish reading A Whole New Mind-I’ve had it a month and am only half way through it. It’s very interesting, I just have trouble finding the time to read.

Read more books recommended by other bloggers for professional growth.

Set up a blog/wiki/ning for elementary tech teachers. I would like it to be a place for us to share plans, encourage each other to try web2.o tools and share solutions to problems we’re experiencing, and to learn and to grow from each other. I’m hoping to work on this over February break. I’m not sure which tool will work best. Please share suggestions.

Experience my first ever national conference of any kind: NECC in San Antonio!

Please feel free to give suggestions to things I may missing.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. I am going to try and serve two purposes with this blog, ok maybe three:

1.  A place for elementary tech teachers to share lessons, ideas, frustrations, wishes, dreams, whatever’s on our mind.

2.  A place to feature children like Laura and her blog 25 Days to Make a Difference.  She is an inspiration to me and I want to continue to share what she and others are doing with my students.

3.  A place to reflect on education.

New Year Reflection

As I begin a new year that I know will be filled with new learning I am trying to decide what direction I want my blog to move in. Do I want it to be a place where elementary tech teachers can share lessons, after participating in 25 days to Make a Difference do I want to promote blogs and causes to help others, do I make it a place where parents/students go, do I leave it as it mainly is now, a personal journal? Well, a personal journal pretty much defeats the purpose of a blog so I need to move past that. I think I’ll try combining the first two ways and continue to reflect on my new learning and keep my school web page for parents and students. Now, if I could just figure out how to squeeze a few more hours out of each day! Another things I want to do with my blog is list my favorite blogs so far with links. I want to put a couple of good teacher blogs on my school web page as well and try to get some classroom teachers to begin to take a look at them. I will begin working on improving my blog this weekend.