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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.


3 Responses

  1. These are excellent goals.
    Welcome to blogging.

    I also teach elementary school (sixth grade, so upper elementary) and I see tech as a great motivator and a way to integrate new ways of publishing to a bigger audience than was every before possible.

    Good luck on your journey.

  2. This is so similar to the journey I am on. Keep posting and I’ll keep reading.

  3. Good luck with your learning journey. It will be an incredible experience when you go back over the year’s blog entries and can witness your personal growth. I hope to stop by frequently and see how things are going. Perhaps we’ll be able to get our students to communicate with one another throughout the year.

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