“Good, bad, or indifferent, if you are not investing in new technology, you are going to get left behind.” –Phillip Green
I am on a roll. Two days in a row. Watch out, world. I may just beat this Thirty-day Blog Challenge after all. Today I am reflecting on the one piece of technology that I would like to try this year and why. I also have to discuss what I am hoping to see from this edtech integration.
As a tech person, it’s hard for me to pick just one piece of technology. I love gadgets of all kinds. I would love to have Google Glasses, and I would love to have a MacBook. I know that a laptop is not new, but having a MacBook would be new to me. I’ve been a PC person since forever, and I want to venture to the other side. I want to be a Mac person. Anyway, I digress. My new piece of technology for this year is a Swivl Camera. I have one. I just haven’t used it to its full advantage yet. ASwivl Camera is a pretty cool device. It allows me to record my training presentations using an iPad. The device is designed to give a 360 degree view. Once I record the presentation, I can upload the video for others to watch or for me to critique myself. I have an instructional tech coach website. It’s my intention to upload videos of my presentations so that teachers can review what they learned during the training or see it for the very first time if they missed the initial presentation. I just haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m still getting my feet wet with the training part. I think I am almost ready to venture a little farther away from the shore.
This move away from the shore is going to stretch my comfort level. I like getting out and interacting with the teachers. I love sharing the new stuff with them. I also like showing them how to use the not-so-new stuff. What will be my challenge is when I sit down and watch myself. I need to watch myself so that I can get better. I need to know if I am giving adequate attention to each participant in my sessions. Am I being clear? Are their questions being answered? Do I have a good balance of instructional material and interactive material? Are the participants knowledgeable enough to take what they have learned and implement it in their classes? Bottom line, am I getting my job done?
I want to be better. Not so very long ago, I was a classroom teacher. I remember those ‘light-bulb moments’. I loved seeing my students get it for the very first time. I want those same moments with my teachers. For those who are die-hard MicroSoft fans, I want to see their faces when they realize they can so so much more with the Google Apps suite. They can have their students collaborate in real-time. They can make comments on their students work as their students are working so that the students get immediate feedback. They can also rest easy when they realize that they will no longer have to hear, “I lost my flash drive so I can’t turn in my work”. I look forward to the moment when they host their first Google Hangout and meet teachers and students from across the globe. I also can’t wait to see the anti-Twitter teachers turn to Twitter for professional learning and development. I don’t think I am asking for a lot. I want my teachers to be the best they can be and if that means I have to watch myself on video, I will do it. Teachers do what they have to for their students. Instructional tech coaches do the same for their teachers. There is still a teacher inside of me. I can’t turn her off. I don’t want to turn her off. The instructional tech coach will be using Swivl so that the teacher inside of her can do better for the teachers in the district. Perhaps the videos will be the start of something big. Perhaps a video series down the road. Who knows where this will lead…