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!