Saturday, 16 June 2007

Reflections and Planning

Summer. It's the time I get to make choices about how to spend my time. I am planning to continue learning more about technology to help myself and my students. There are so many different directions to go. It's overwhelming. I think keeping track of my ideas in Onenote is going to be helpful. But, I'm wondering if starting with a specific plan of attack would be an additional step to maintain my sanity. So, how do I plan for exploring? What do I do now in the classroom that I love? What kind of literacy experiences do I offer my students on a daily basis that could become more enriching with technology. Do I pick an aspect of my day? Do I start with a subject? Do I start with what I know kids need in second grade? I also need to consider the technology I will have available. Where to go? Where do I start?


Sarah Amick said...

Do you have access to a lot of technology in your classroom? I know my corporation purchases United Streaming for us to use to help strengthen background knowledge for students. This is a educational video collection. My students (first grade) were reading a lot about dinosaurs, I found a video that answered a lot of their questions.
Do you have a gooseneck or projector? These are awesome tools for the classroom.
If you want to keep blogging us we'd love including you into our circle of support. We aren't that computer savvy a lot of us so we may not be great friends there but we do love teaching writing and reading!!!!

Ruth said...

Hi Sarah --
Nice to "meet" you in the bloggie-world. :) I enjoyed reading some of your recent posts . . . especially when you were reflecting about not really having time to blog -- but doing it anyway because it is so powerful. I, too, believe in blogging -- it has changed me for the better in so many ways (both professionally & personally). I must say, though, during the summer, I spend a lot more time on my personal blog & less on the professional. It all balances out though, because during the school year I'm blogging professionally like a crazy-lady! :) Looking forward to getting to know you better as we all walk this journey toward becoming better educators!

Jen Barney said...

Hi Sarah...

I work with Sarah Amick and have had the honor of being apart of one of Ruth's amazing conferences... Blogging has created so many opportunities for my professional and personal life. I feel connect with other wonderful educators during my summer, I get to put down all my thoughts and ideas for others to guide and mentor my own learning.
It is great! I must add that I am one of the MOST TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED humans alive....however, it is very easy and SOOOOO uplifting meeting others that have a passion for what you do. Good Luck and happy blogging... Do you mind if I link you to my blog. LMK

Sarah said...

Jen, Ruth and Sarah! You all made my day! I have not been able to connect with many other educators in my district who are blogging. I am thrilled to be part of your network.

Right now I am in the midst of a huge technology upgrade in my district. Next year I should have updated computers (10 years old, at present) projector for each classroom, better network efficiency and more. I still do not have excellent, just fair, wire less capabilities. So I have been using my own laptop at home and occasionally at school. I am really looking forward to connecting with others like yourselves. Thank you so much for all of the words of encouragement.