Edtech thanks

edutechI am not American but my Twitter feed put up a tweet by @bennettscience which was under the hashtag #eduthanks. Thursday the Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving and one of the things they do is express their gratitude. @bennettscience put up a little reminder tweet that they could be grateful for the technology they have access to and he is going to make a podcast about it. I hope he puts up the link. We are coming up to the end of the school year in Australia and I thought it appropriate to actually be grateful for the technology I am now using in class and pay tribute to it.

1. Mobile technology. Our school gave us new iPads. I have always had an iPad but it was really great to receive a brand new shiny iPad 5 and rediscover the fun. I also made a real effort at the beginning of this year to show each of my classes the good iPad and iPhone apps for French. My year 8s don’t have laptops and the students picked up my suggestions really quickly and ran with them. It has made a number of things easier in my year 8 class because I bothered and they cared.

2. I am grateful to have my blogs and that the knowledge I have gained through blogging is now being transferred to some of my students, my online network and gradually at school. Blogging is fundamental to developing skills and knowledge and it helps me understand my performance requirements, lesson content, devices and theory far better than anything else. It also is a back up to my skills and knowledge because everything I use and do is there online. It is easily accessed and shared.

3. I love that we all have laptops. I don’t know how many times a week a teacher or student will turn their laptop around and just show me something really great. I can do it too. It is the best way to share knowledge and the best way to stay enthusiastic and positive about education. It is constantly growing.

4. I am truly and ever grateful my rolls are done electronically. As a number challenged person I dreaded balancing my paper roll. I dreaded blotting my roll and I dreaded not having a neat roll. All that horror is gone and my computer and LMS take care of it all.

5. There are sites and software I cannot live without. They are my constant best friends and they make teaching so much easier: DropBox, Twiducate, Triptico, Fotor, BeFunky, ProVoc. There are developers out there coming up with some great ideas for education which work.

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