Because of the nature of my GAME plan, progress will be never-ending. This is an on-going process and because technology is ever-changing, staying current is a daunting task for some. Personally, I am driven by the changes and improvements that are made in technology. I am also driven by lack-luster teachers who need a little “kick start”.
I just recently finished a two-part conference at Notre Dame, called “Teaching Digital Media and New Literacy”. Overall, this conference was very beneficial although it was nothing like what I expected. During discussion time, I was extremely surprised (and maybe I should not have been) at the negative tone almost everyone had about technology, youth and education. Going back to what drives me, teachers who are not willing to adapt their preconceived notions of students and technology is what is wrong with many educational systems. There needs to be a shift of mindset. My goals align with aiding in that shift.
I am working with a high school teacher on doing an educational technology “Tweet-up”. The idea is that local teachers get together on a Saturday and share all of their technology ideas and what they are doing in their classroom. This forum could be used for professional development points which will be a great way to get people in the door. Opportunities like this make education and teaching a more global community.
My goal is sharply focused on my colleagues and all teachers for that matter.
I want to take my GAME plan and become a GAME-changer in education.
That may seem like a lofty goal, but I am passionate about changing the mindset of those teachers who are stuck in their ways-those teachers who still want complete control in the classroom. In essence, my GAME plan is taking on a new life. It is becoming more of LIFE plan than a GAME plan.