It was then that a dear friend asked if we would like to subscribe to a complimentary subscription of Tech and Learning. Because I can’t turn down anything free, I subscribed. I began reading each month about different programs and issues happening in technology within schools and finding myself excited to receive the next month’s issue. I started looking up some of the blogs and websites the magazine featured. I also signed up for our region’s Mobile Mania Conference in hopes of learning more about how to integrate some of the things I had been reading about.
I started keeping a list (hand-written, of course. I do, after all, have an honest to God love affair with paper) of all of the cool websites, programs, and ideas I found interesting, along with any user names and passwords I used to join those sites. This late night routine of cyber stalking various programs and possibilities was like a guilty pleasure. About this time we finished with STAAR testing, and were able to embark on the usual “Oregon Trail” simulation I have played (and enjoyed) with my kids each year after testing. A tickling notion began to take over- what if I implemented some of the cool resources I had been tinkering with? My class and I had just finished using VoiceThread (after reading about VoiceThread on someone’s Learnist board) to create a poetry project and that was fairly successful. Best of all, I was excited and the kids were excited.
Through this series of events, my thinking and philosophy began to change. I started to see technology as something that MUST be included in my content, not only because it’s where we are in society, but ultimately, I truly want my students to be successful in the years to come, they must be tech savvy.