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My name is Nedra and I teach in upstate rural NY. I have taught K-2 for over 20 years. This past year I decided I was ready for a change and a new challenge. I am now our district’s elementary tech teacher. I teach K-5 in two elementary buildings. I see each of my 35 classes once every 6 days for 40 minutes. I will admit that I have no special training for this position. However, I have always tried to integrate technology into my regular curriculum and I am willing to learn. The year got off to a hectic start and I just about drove myself crazy trying to grade every paper the student’s printed with a rubric. After the first marking period I came to my senses and decided just looking over their work and keeping anecdotal records will be sufficient for the one report grade I give on a scale of 1-4. I am new to this whole new exciting world of  Web2.0 tools. But I am ready to jump in and get started. As I mentioned on my home page my main goal is to make this blog a place for elementary teachers to share ideas, lessons, frustrations or whatever is on your mind concerning technology.


6 Responses

  1. Welcome to the tech world. You have great instincts and absolutely great teaching skills after 20 years.
    I started out in tech after many years in special education. Now 12 years later I am at the head of our technology program in our school as the Collaborative Content Coach for Technology K-12. I am still learning. Again, Welcome.
    Cheryl Oakes

  2. Welcome to the internet and more!!!

    I am so glad that you having fun with all the new tools — just don’t let them overwhelm you too much — just enjoy all the possibilities!


  3. Hi Nedra,
    I just tagged you for the passion quilt meme: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/ I look forward to seeing the image you choose.

  4. It’s great to find another teacher who seems to have the same kind of crazy schedule that I do! I’m an elementary/middle school keyboarding (technically business education) teacher and I see my 6th graders for 10 days at a time, an hour each day. I see my 4th graders for 25 days at a time, 30 min each day. I travel to 11 different schools…….oh yeah, and I do that all in a half-day 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more about your experiences!

  5. Thank you all for your comments. I get so excited when I see that someone has taken the time to visit my blog and leave a comment.

    Kate, my schedule is a piece of cake compared to yours! My biggest problem is getting to know the kids names. Do you have any helpful hints? I made seating charts with their pictures and that helps. I think I should start bringing them home and memorizing them or making flashcards. I feel bad when I can’t call them by name yet.

    Thanks again for stopping by.

  6. Welcome to our new world! I, too, switched from classroom teacher (English) to tech teacher, and just recently was named Campus Tech Spec. It’s a wonderful world, full of problems I never realized existed, with new puzzles every day.

    I’ll be a first-timer at NECC this year, too. Let’s try to find each other for a glass of iced tea (at least!). I’m TXHeather on Twitter.

    Looking forward to tweeting/visiting with you.

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