I have been so amazingly busy. I know, I know we are all busy, but this pace is incredible! Being a Technology Integration Specialist has given me the opportunity to have my hand in just about every nook and cranny of the entire school. As I’ve said before, this position is new at my school and when I took the job I was basically given a job description that said, “Go make tech work and build a program.” I was reading the Langwitches blog a couple of days ago and found the most perfect job description for what I do on a daily basis. That job description alone is giving me a framework in which to reflect on the daily occurances involving tech at my school.
Today I hit every single piece of the pie!
- It started off with one to one professional development around the blogging platform for a few of my teachers. Four teachers were blogging last year and now we have all but four blogging – not once has administration said that teachers must blog. They blog because they want to do so.
- I was also a life-long learner after I planned with a 7th grade Humanities teacher. We (I) decided to use Photobooth to record Rome presentations only to discover after the fact that Photobooth flips the image so that all of the writing is backwards. MacForums to the rescue, I discover that you can use Quicktime Pro to flip the video horizontally. I taught the kids how to use Quicktime, taught them how to load it on our school portal and then embed it into their school blog.
- I also taught four 8th grade Science classes where I introduced all of the kids to their 8th grade wiki for their Environment Science NGO Project. Before I got them on the wiki though, I got them onto their school email account through our school portal because we’re trying to standardize all logins.
- I then met with two of my elective kids as they podcasted an interview with a teacher about our Movember – Save it or Shave it campaign. My wonderful colleague Simon Power is helping to orchestrate this fabulous event. We then interviewed the lead student actress of the MS Play and podcasted that interview. We hope to have all of this put together for our weekly student podcasts for the middle school. The kids have learned so much about GarageBand and sound boards… it’s time for them to fly!
So there friends. I reflected. I actually think this is something more like five blog posts in one, but my days are busy and I’m all over the place. I walk 13,000 steps a day and I team teach in every nook and cranny of the school.
I think I’m starting to make some sense of this!
Image: Technology Integration Facilitator