This post was dual authored by Tonya McGhee, PD Facilitator at Ridge Road Middle School and Lisa Gurthie, PD Facilitator at Piedmont Middle School.
Trying to decide how to integrate technology while keeping students engaged with authentic learning activities can sometimes be a daunting task. Where do I begin? Which tools do I use? Will all my students be able to access technology? Where can I seek guidance from teachers who have successfully implemented programs that work?
Usually teachers find support within their own PLC's in their schools, but there is great value in working with other schools as well. Ridge Road Middle School and Piedmont Middle School recently collaborated to tackle some of these questions together. What started as an informal visit turned into a rich, impromptu conversation about the real ins and outs of a successful tech program using tools such as flipped learning and electronic notebooks.
There was so much wisdom being shared that we decided to film the conversation to share with other CMS teachers. Whether you are a tech sailboat (early adopter) tugboat (who will get there eventually) or an anchor (not even reading this blog right now)*, we educators are all in the same boat: ferrying our students to the lighthouse of academic achievement!
Tech integration can take many forms. You can personalize it just as you do other aspects of your classroom. You don't have to be an expert to give it a try. How it looks for you will look like something different for your students and for other teachers at your school.
Tools and 21st century methods mentioned in the video:
*Boat metaphor courtesy of Travis Allen, iSchool Initiative. Thanks to Candice Simmons for the notes and to Katherine Ruffalo for the copy editing.
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.