Sunday, June 14, 2015

You're a Know-It-All! I Wish...

I have been working in technology for over 25 years.  After I graduated from college in 1993, I started teaching computer applications class for a software training company.  I was required to learn all of the current computer applications from the basics to the most advanced features, and as a trainer, you needed to know it all.  After I earned my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology, I transitioned into a Technology Integration Specialist position in my district.  I trained teachers on how to use technology in their classrooms.  And once again, I really had to know my stuff to be prepared to provide the training needed by teachers who taught a variety of subjects and grade levels.  Now, I am in higher education, and I am working hard to help future educators get the tech skills they will need in their own classrooms.  But, can we will really know it all?  There are so many digital resources out there that can be used for educational purposes that I believe it is impossible.  I am constantly researching new instructional tools, but I am often introduced to new resources by colleagues and students, as well.  And, the Instructional Applications course has already exposed me to some resources that I didn't know existed.  Maybe the best solution is to select a few resources that really work for you, find fun, effective, and innovated ways to use them, and don't worry about the ones you might be missing out on.  When you are ready to freshen up your lessons with a new tech idea, there will always be a new program or app waiting for you.

1 comment:

  1. You may have deleted the post about Google bookmarks...but I think it's a great idea to add to our wiki! I wanted to give you an opportunity to share with the group, since you came up with it. :-)