One of the best unwritten parts of my job, aside from sharing classroom tech strategies, is empowering teachers to be leaders. Today, a teacher told me that she wanted my job. She had a passion for technology and dreamed of being in the position to help other teachers. I don’t think that I have ever been as excited as I was at that moment. I immediately asked her if she was sharing her work online, if she was on twitter and if she had ever taught sessions on her campus. When she responded that she did not think that she “could” teach sessions on campus, I knew right away what the next step needed to be.
I needed to support her on her journey of sharing by helping her to share with the teachers at home.
When the goal of a campus is transformative teaching through the use of technology, teacher buy-in is a mandatory component of the process. Any time that campuses have teachers who are willing to take the leap to share, we must encourage them to do so as empowered teachers develop empowered students.
Immediately following today’s series of meetings, plans were put in place so that this teacher and any other teacher in the building with a desire to share… could. It was even more amazing hearing her campus leader express her excitement at supporting this process.
There was a point in my career when I too yearned to share outside of my room. Someone afforded me the opportunity. Now, I get to do the same.
I had the pleasure of visiting a high campus to hear from an excited teacher about the videos that her students created. Using their tool of choice, students published videos based on their research as well as self-developed questions.
Many students chose to use ppt to develop slides which they then saved as images. Loading those images into dropbox followed by educreations allowed students to explain, annotate and communicate their researched concepts in ways that were brand new to their learning experiences.
Upon seeing the map on the left, I immediately thought of Thinglink. As of now, students were drawing maps to be turned in. Today I was able to show their teacher how students could make their drawn maps more interactive by linking text, websites, videos and even sound. The highlight of the day was being able to reference this image as I introduced apps to other teachers throughout the day. The video below was created by one of our kindergarten teachers using the image from a high school student.