iPad - check. Smart phone - check. Desktop computer - check. Laptop computer - check. Internet connection - check. Whew. With all of these gadgets it seems the demands to be "connected" and "linked" is more and more prevalent than I'm comfortable with. But like it or not, its here and I'm trying to embrace this technology while still maintaining a sense of personal connection with my staff, my students, and myself. Recent recommendations insist on a personal website to link to attach to our homepage, shared documents to access pretty regularly, virtual staff meetings, and more passwords than I can remember! So as I grit my teeth and work on one of these tech projects after another, I am encouraged by the results thus far.
To begin, my seniors will have an online portion of our class and we took the time yesterday to get them registered and enrolled on the Moodle site I worked on this summer. I'll be darned - there weren't any computer freezes, website crashes, or blinking errors! And the electronic submissions actually came through as promised. Maybe this won't be so bad...
Then, in the name of paper conservation, my initial activities at the start of classes are projected to the TV screen rather than consuming paper. So today's proofreading corrections were displayed so kids to check their work against professional marks and it was impressive I must say. Made it look like I put a lot of time and effort into it, but in fact I must give credit to the publishing company for the interactive, projectable answer key - thanks Teacher's Discovery!
Finally, this blog itself is becoming more and more enjoyable for me. I began it three years ago and while it chronicles the same class, the entries are different as the students change and new ideas work (or don't!). So I read through old entries every now and then and it is really theraputic for me. I hope to get the kids looking at it more this year so we'll see how that goes.
So with a few clicks and templates, I'm finding it isn't that difficult to incorporate and create these pieces, I just have to adjust my approach and make an effort to update and incorporate the various pieces day to day. And with that, it's off to check the Twitter feed!