I can't believe 2016 has already come and gone...where does time go? Our district made great strides in transforming teaching and learning with technology. We implemented a district-wide Chromebook Pilot that included getting Chromebooks in the hands of over 800 elementary and middle school students and teachers, provided several hours of professional development and PIR classes focused on effectively using technology in the classroom, finalized and prepared our teachers to integrate new PreK-12 Technology Standards, and even had several educators pursue their Google Certified Educator certificate! Wow, what a productive year!
Alice Keeler is one of my favorite bloggers and often provides inspiration for me that I try to share with my fellow teachers. If you don't follow Alice, I highly recommend that you start! She recently posted a recap of her 10 Top Blog Posts of 2016. Check it out for some great ideas for upping your technology integration in 2017!
In 2017, we, as a district, are more focused than ever on supporting teachers and students in their use of technology. I challenge you to make one technology-related "resolution" or goal for your classroom this year. My resolution/goal is to be more visible in schools and classrooms supporting teachers and students in their use of technology to transform student learning! As Robert John Meehan once said, "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives" - I can't wait to see what the year has in store for all of us and I look forward to working with you all as we continue to do what's best for kids!
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Secondary Technology Integration Coach for GFPS. Former high-school history and psychology teacher. Montana native, and avid user of ed-tech!