Finally Teaching!

I won’t spend too much time with this blog lamenting about how my transition is going from teacher to ITS (Instructional Technology Specialist), but this week I am especially having a hard time with my decision.  I MISS teaching!  I miss using the technology that I am researching and helping my own students achieve successes through technology.  I realize the bigger picture and that I am helping all the students but, it doesn’t feel the same to me.  For the past couple of weeks I have been helping with a kindergarten classroom and I sure do love being with them – it just isn’t enough time each day.  Today, I will teach my first ITS created lesson to a group of 4th graders.

The way that we have setup our model for the ITS at my school is the teacher’s will send me a lesson topic and I will create a lesson using technology to teach to her class.  I will then go in to her class and teach, while the teacher is in the room so she or he can see all that the technology can do.  Then, the teacher and I will plan a lesson together where she plans to use one of the technologies that I showed during my lesson.  I will then come into her classroom and while she or he teaches the lesson and offer support if needed.  The “I do it”, “We do it”, “You do it” model.

Since school started I have been busy helping teachers USE technology!  It has been exciting to be around because the teachers are excited about technology because they know they have the support they need.  Teachers are adding pictures and animotos to their websites, the teachers are setting up student blogs and using their activotes!

I am going to launch Twitter in a class this week!  I got my ipad today which I will use to pilot the Twitter program at our school.  Stay tuned for my post on the launch!


Instructional Technology Specialist!

I am about to embark on a brand new journey on my life as a Obsessed Technology Teacher!  I have decided to revive this once tried blog again to chart my progress in my new role as an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS)!  I am moving from teaching children to teaching teachers and I must say I am a bit nervous about the experience!  My school, King’s Ridge Christian School, is moving to be a technology leader and they are using the ITS position to take us there!  I loved using technology in my own classroom so this should be a journey and experience to help teachers see the value of technology in the classroom.  I am getting nervous about this new adventure and have been working this summer to this of ways that I could help teachers.  I know how much teachers hate sitting through IT training sessions during pre-planning so I am trying to come up with ways to show teachers how to do things that will use in their classrooms right away.  I decided first to make teachers a technology brochure – a guide where I have listed helpful instructions such as posting pictures to their websites, how to login to email from home, and how to create their online gradebooks.  Additionally, I have added basic computer shortcuts, important phone numbers, and helpful websites for lesson planning.  I also thought that during the IT training sessions we would get the the teachers activotes up and running and I would show them how to create agenda boards for their activboards.  What other helpful tips would you appreciate during an IT training session?