There I said it! It has been a problem of mine every since I learned how to make my first classroom website using Google Sites. In an instant, I was addicted! Yes, it is true, as an art teacher I'm addicted to the design elements that are embedded within technology. Color choice, themes, layouts, and composition all are items that I can change and decide on within my Weebly Website, my Google forms, my Sketchbook app, and other modes of technology! So of course attending and presenting at this year's ITEC conference was Tech Heaven for me.
Educators, Technology Integrationists, and IT staff were all presenters at this year's ITEC conference, sharing their latest and greatest! All of these amazing presentations are then complied and shared out on the ITEC website. The learning is never ending even if you do not attend ITEC you can access these resources, and even if you do, there are so many
Cheryl Lemke is President and CEO of the Metiri Group, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing effective uses of technology in schools. She was our Keynote speaker. As Cheryl was presenting her audience had out their lap tops, iPads, smartphones, and devices, and were multitasking! The audience was literally glowing with knowledge. Twitter was a great tech tool that the ITEC conference
Yes, as our Keynote Cheryl was talking about how our students are continuously giving us partial attention, many of us were giving Cheryl partial attention as we were listening and tweeting at the same time.
YES! Why, oh why, am I working so much harder than my students. What has me stuck on this thought is what exactly does this look like in a classroom. I need to look into Choice Based Art and dig a little deeper to turn over this power to the students. They work. They learn!
Yes! What teacher does not want to increase the self-worth of their students? Knowing and feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself is key! It makes me try harder when I know others are counting on me!
Overall, ITEC is overwhelming with resources, and this is why I feel that it is key to bring other educators from your district to help you sort through all of these amazing resources, tweak them and decide how you will use them within your own classroom. The two hour car ride home was a wonderful time to sort through all of this and brainstorm just how we can change the future of education for the better by using various technology tools. As a tech geek my time at ITEC was great professional development as I was constantly asking myself how this will apply in my art room! Thanks ITEC for another great year!
Post Written by Chelsie Meyer, W-SR Middle School, Art