I admit it…I am a dreamer. I dream about everything under the sun.
As I sat here watching my four year old navigate an iPad better than her father I began to think about what her reality will be in 5-10 years. Her life has always involved technology in the computer/cell phone way…she has never known life without these things. The world has essentially been at her fingertips since she was born.
I know what goes on in schools. I know that there are teachers who are not afraid to take risks and I know there are teachers who would rather be run over with the computer cart than use it in their classroom. I hope that my daughter has the risk taker for a teacher because she is growing up in a time that moves quickly and she needs to be prepared!
I also dream about the ways that I can be that risk taker. I think sometimes I find myself settling in to what is comfortable and I don’t like that! I need to branch out and be bold! I have been speaking to my kids about their wants and needs around technology in the classroom and they love it and want it! They are excited to try new things and are willing to be my guinea pigs! As the semester goes on, I will share with you my successes and probably a few failures and missteps!
The first thing I want to try with my class is Twitter! I found an interesting presentation with some ideas to try. I think this will be a great start.