“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”
In the short time I have been an instructional technology coach, I have come across teachers who say that technology isn’t for them. They say they don’t get it, and they don’t think they ever will. I heard that a lot when I was a classroom teacher, and I said it a lot in every single math, science, and physical education class I ever took. Well, except for the Basic Camp Management class I took in college. I excelled in that class. I learned so much that quarter in college, and I have used every bit of that knowledge in every job since then. I understand that some people are intimidated by technology. I am lucky because I have always been fascinated by computers, gadgets, and the Internet. Even though I understand that some people don’t want to use technology, I feel that if I show them just a little, they will become sort of intrigued and want more. That’s my hope at least. I’m going to try my best to make sure that happens.
I am supposed to go into the schools to deliver training. The topics range from Google Apps to Mimio to Digital Citizenship. I would like to offer advanced sessions for those who want more than what I can do during their planning period. I would like to get a group together and teach them about digital storytelling and student blogging. In my mind, I think that teachers would be willing to do some after school training sessions here at our office. We have a lab, and I like to think of the lab as my classroom. I picture teachers working together for a common goal. I picture myself as the facilitator – providing the place and basic instruction – and they run with it. I could also do other training sessions as well. I just want the teachers to feel comfortable with technology and not feel that they can’t use it and use it well. I don’t want them to feel so intimidated that they never use it. If that happens, they lose and their students lose.
In this now empty lab, I see so many possibilities. I see teachers from this district working as a group. In time, they will reach out to teachers across the country and globe. They will bring that knowledge into their classrooms and create a powerful learning environment for their students. Imagine that – global learning experiences right here in Griffin, Georgia. That’s what I see when I see the empty lab. I see the world.