Fran (who works in the Greenville County Schools IT department) goes on to state, “It is time for teachers to utilize technology tools that motivate students and enhance learning based on the learning standards. You don’t have to do this alone. There are many resources available at your fingertips. Begin by asking colleagues at your school for ideas. Be willing to share ideas with other teachers at your school, district and state. As educators, we should work together as a team and share our students’ successes with each other. Communicate using blogs and wikis and lead in-services at your grade level meetings, faculty meetings and local conferences. Teachers are eager to help, if you’ll simply ask.”
Here is someone in the district that really “gets” it! I know many times teachers complain that there is a disconnect between IT and teachers, but I really think this district is trying hard to bridge that gap. I was so excited to see her mention in her blog post some of the tools that I use and recommend. This summer our district will be hosting The 2009 Upstate Technology Conference which is a free conference with awesome sessions. Last year, David Jakes and Ewan McIntosh were the keynote speakers. This year Chris Craft will be the keynote speaker and I sat in a session he did last year so I can’t wait to hear him this year. If you are anywhere near Greenville, SC, I hope you consider coming to this conference because it is well worth going too. This is a great opportunity to learn about new tools and how to use them in the classroom. Many times I look at my goals and objectives in order to decide what tools would work best in achieving my goals. So, I feel it is so important to find out what tools are out there and how to use them effectively in my classroom. By coming to this conference, I also have the opportunity to share with others my difficulties and successes which is also a way to gain information from others. I love free conferences that will help me be more successful in the classroom. Maybe I’ll see you there!
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