I Am Going to Like School… by Howard Chan
I am going to like school…when I can bring my own tool, like my mobile device which will make my learning twice as nice!
I am going to learn better…when I am not lectured forever, PowerPoint included…which often leaves me convoluted.
I am going to write deeper…when my audience is more than just a teacher, like blogging on the web, which is more widespread.
I am going to understand math…once I follow a personalized path, where playing a manipulative, watching a video and interactive game are part of the aim.
I am going to like my class…when web 2.0 will surpass, where old ways of passive learning is overturning.
I am going to like my teacher…when he is more than a preacher, where being a guide on the side give us more pride and makes me feel more alive.
I am going to complete my homework…when it evolves from just paperwork, where projects are the norm and worksheets are old form.
I am going to read with more passion…when traditional textbooks are no longer in fashion, where wikis, tweets, and rss feeds are considered quality reads.
I am going to pass this state test, even though I contest, wondering when all this political nonsense will finally be put to rest.
I am going to experience science…when we go beyond standards compliance, where projects, inquiry, and a real experiment make our class filled with merriment.
I am going to relive history…when scripted lessons are no longer a mystery, where theatre, field trips, and debates create an environment that stimulates.
I am going to ask more questions and collaborate with suggestions, be an active learner developing 21st century skills and leaving behind all those boring rote drills.
I dream of an education, where I am not bounded by location, when students, teachers, and classes all over the world are connected as one learning nation!
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*I am in need of creative illustrators who are willing to volunteer their artistic genius to bring to life the poem. If you are interested, feel free to leave me a comment. Thanks.
Educational Technology Specialist
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- Support and nurture a culture of learning, collaboration, and love.
- Increase educational technology capacity through sharing of instructional best-practices, developing curriculum, professional development, coaching, and co-teaching in order to support 21st century learning.
- Design and build frameworks, plans, and programs to infuse 21st century learning into the Common Core curriculum and produce 3rd level outcomes: strategies to include cross-curricular STEaM and Humanities, blended learning, online learning, and project-based strategies.
- Develop and share expertise in the following technology tools: Google Apps for Education, PowerTeacher, Data Director, Edmodo, Scientific Learning Fast ForWord, Study Island, Accelerated Reader, Haiku LMS, iPads/iPods, Promethean IWB’s and other relevant digital tools as needed.
- Create and manage content via a learning management system and/or other sharing platforms to develop lessons, courses and assignments for students.
- Actively participate in ongoing professional development and research in educational technology strategies, tools, and frameworks.
- Execute administrative tasks around documentation, data reports, organization, and project management on various technology initiatives.
- Provide customer service and tech support for end users. Troubleshoot software and hardware and all related components and peripherals.
- All other duties assigned by the Director of Technology.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Have experience researching, using, and monitoring the effectiveness of Educational Technology software programs.
- Have extensive knowledge on how to successfully integrate educational technology tools into the learning environment, as well as analyze data and communicate results.
- Demonstrate an aptitude for facilitating engaging EdTech professional development trainings using a wide variety of multimedia tools.
- Understand the connections between various information data systems utilized in an education environment and how each impacts student learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage students in a blended learning/project-based environment that utilizes different technological modalities.
- Have experience troubleshooting basic computer operations.
- CA Clear Teaching Credential and Google Apps certification are a plus.
- 3+ years as a K-12 classroom teacher is a plus.
Our team is very excited to present at the next Google Apps Summit at the San Diego County Office for Education. We will be presenting at 10am on Google Scripts on Monday, January 28th. It has been an endeavor we have been working over the last few months. Leveraging the power of Google Scripting, we have developed or in the process of developing applications that support academic, operations, and administration systems in our Google Apps for Edu domain. Hope to see you there!
When I first heard rumors of the iPad mini, I immediately asked myself how much this device will cost. I definitely see schools jumping at the opportunity to bring iOS devices at a lower price point than the $499 and up regular iPad. However, when I read rumors on the suggested pricing on the new iPad mini ($249), it lead to another question, what will happen to the price of the iPod Touch. Currently, the new iPod touch starts at $299 (32GB) and can go up to $399 (64GB). Yes, the new iPod Touch will have the retina display and the supposed iPad mini will not, but does that justify pricing the iPod Touch more than the iPad mini. With the release of the iPad Mini, they will really be releasing an in the middle version of the iPad and iPod Touch. I just hope Apple strategically prices it as such…what I really want is the iPod Touch to go down in pricing to about $100-150. My elementary students and teachers would love that pricing entry point. Maybe Apple will make an 8GB or 16GB version of iPod Touch to retail lower. We shall see…
It has been awhile since I last posted an entry on my blog. It is one of those peaks in my workload where I am in full operations mode and have very little time for reflection. In lieu of my lack of effort, I would like to highlight a new blog that is providing valuable insight in education called TeachSupport. I highly recommend visiting the site. Happy Reading!
From the About page of TeachSupport:
TeachSupport facilitates reflection and collaboration around practical issues in pedagogy. Our mission is to support teacher development, particularly that of educators new to the profession, by supporting continuous improvement. We believe that the most meaningful professional development happens when teachers are (1) empowered to explore aspects of their own practice, (2) acquire new knowledge and resources, and (3) actively apply best practices within a supportive community of educators. Based out of a charter network in San Diego, TeachSupport delivers quality professional development to support teachers and students alike.
After listening to Dr. Yong Zhao this past Tuesday, it reinvigorated a concept I hold dearly in this 21st century environment: taking ownership of your own professional career. To quote Dr. Zhao from his recent ISTE 2012 keynote, “you don’t wait for someone to create a job for you, you go out there to create a job for yourself.” Spending the last four days at ISTE, I was further convinced that our innovative teachers are expanding their own horizons (theme of the conference) and creating 2.0 versions of their professional career. It is nothing really revolutionary, but it has been amplified with the rise of ICT (Information Communication Technologies). Some teachers are considered “Rockstars” and have become professional icons to many; in fact, I bet some are making more money on the speaking circuit than they probably make as a teacher back at their school district. I certainly know a few teachers who left the traditional classroom and branched into independent consulting. Many teachers have written books, produced educational videos, created hashtags used by many, designed software, garnered thousands of Twitter followers, developed global Nings and continue to deliver professional development around the world. I mean this is stuff that definitely was not in their job description originally as a teacher, but has become an entrepreneurial endeavor based from their classroom teaching. It is important to note that many are not driven by the money (being an entrepreneur doesn’t always equate to monetary gain) from these endeavors, although I am sure a little side money doesn’t hurt. I am impressed and support how these teachers have branded themselves and evolved their career to something bigger than they have probably imagined going into a teaching career.
As Dr. Yong Zhoa highlighted in his keynote, it is the rise of the creative class and people with unique specialized skills. The talented teachers I have met are as creative as anyone, and have unique skills of authentic teaching with the “entrepreneurial” spirit of sharing their skills in branded ways (whether driven by $ or not). He further describes in his keynote the need to move towards entrepreneurial-based education and that schooling needs to be product-oriented. From the many great PLN that I finally met face-to-face, I see educators who are truly modeling what Dr. Zhao has been preaching in his keynote and new book: World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. The next layer is to bring this mindset and culture into our classrooms and students.