What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do?
Earlier in my career, I would have headed for the hills just at the thought of having to learn to use new technology. It seemed like there was this major onslaught of technology and I couldn't possibly keep up that I almost decided to throw the towel in and just rely on what I knew already. Besides, as I've said before, the blackboard and I have a very close relationship.
However, try as I might have in the past, there is no avoiding technology. And I have really come around to a lot of it. My students walked me through the process of signing up for Twitter and helped me understand the basics. I was skeptical at first but now, I love it! I love it because I can follow things that of interest to me personally and professionally. I follow Italian newspapers and personalities and I'm able to bring some of this information into my classroom. I have become connected with other educators all over the world. I found Te@chThought and the blogging challenge through Twitter. I never thought I'd be blogging but here I am making good on my promise to take the challenge seriously. Through this blogging challenge, I have been inspired by colleagues and have reflected in a positive way on my own teaching.
Google Docs is becoming a fast friend. I have learned to make online forms that my students can submit electronically and I have been collecting some work electronically as well, eliminating lost papers, poor handwriting and saving some trees.
My district recently offered a training on Google Classroom and it seemed like something I could really get into. I am currently working on setting up my classroom and my goal for the new year is to have it up and running.
Look at me..getting techy with it. Of course I am light years behind some colleagues but I'm catching up!