My passion for technology came when I was in middle school and my computer teacher opened the computer lab up at night so the public could use the internet. I was always trying new tools and programs because it really interested me. Naturally, I took that into my classroom. I try my best to stay on top of all of the new tools and try many of them out with my class. My passion for technology and what it can do for students and teachers alike has bubbled over into getting other teachers passionate about it, too.
My GAME plan, as stated in my previous post, has morphed to a GAME changing plan.This is an uphill battle for many reasons. One main reason is the time factor. Many teachers believe that a lot of technological tools take too much time to utilize. I am always asked how I find the time time to update our class twitter and Facebook page or how I have time to try out new tools. That question frustrates me, but I love technology and have loved it for long time. Not everyone has that mindset. I have to be able to meet those people where they are. When I find a new tool or new website, I make sure that I have tried it out and know it inside and out before I share it with my colleagues. If I want to convince the teachers around me to try something new, they have to know that I will stand by them while they try it and that I will make sure that all of their questions would be answered.
If I am well-versed in something, I cannot keep it to myself.
If I feel so passionately about something, I cannot keep it to myself.
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.
I want to be a GAME-changer.