Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tackling Technology

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Technology in the classroom. Talk to any teacher and they either love or hate it—or both. They love it when it works, but when there are glitches in the program or hardware, teachers disdain technology.  I’m always on the lookout for new things to try in my classroom and this year I want to try Google Classroom. It’s not a perfect setup for my type of teaching situation with six blocks in a school year, but I see many advantages to the potential it offers.
The technology partner for my school mentioned it to me. I had heard of Google Classroom but didn’t know much about it. I still don’t, but I’m learning. What I like so far is that it helps to organize assignments much more efficiently than my method in Google Drive. That alone is worth the effort it will take for me to try this. I plan on setting it up this block and rolling it out next block, starting October 20. I’ll update my progress on this.
Technology opens doors to engagement that would otherwise remain closed. But it’s getting teachers to buy into using technology that can be difficult. Some teachers are intimidated  while others tackle the challenge. Honestly, I get overwhelmed easily when I think of all I could do using technology. But as a wise woman once advised me, “Limit the new so it can become the old.” In other words, learn a few things well before taking on more. Great advice for someone like me. I want to try everything which usually leads to a lot of frustration on my part.
So this year, I want to be judicious in learning and implementing new software or hardware in my classroom. My choice is Google Classroom. My goal? To learn this new application so it becomes old. What about you? What new piece of technology are you going to learn, master and use? Yeah, technology can be frustrating, but it’s the way of the future. Whether we master it or not.

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