As for what is happening with us, our schedules are full! We are visiting classrooms, holding large group professional development sessions, working with collaborative groups by subject and grade level, answering emails from all over the county, and researching various uses of technology and how each can be integrated into lessons. Teachers and students are using technology and we look forward to seeing the comfort level in technology integration increase as the year progresses.
The survey data that we received from you indicates overwhelmingly that most of you are willing to learn new applications and software as well as well as increase your skill level. For those who are not so comfortable, we will help you along regardless of how "behind the times" you think you are.
A big thank you to the media specialists at each school for allowing us to use your media center for helping us set up meetings. We are grateful for your allowing us to come and experiment with Smart Boards, Promethean Boards, Elmos, and other equipment that is in use in the classrooms. Your smiling faces welcome us as well.
If you have used something from one of our sessions or if you are doing something you are proud of that involves technology, invite us to come and share in the experience with you. Who knows? You could be the next tech teacher of the month!
Congratulations to the August Exemplary Ed-Tech Teachers Kim Hartzog (TOES) for K-5 and Drs. Dave and Deb Baltenberger (LCHS) for 6-12 for their integration of technology into class instruction and outstanding technology leadership. You all are wonderful examples of what teaching in the 21st century is all about. A more thorough description of how these teachers have used technology in their classroom will be available on our Teacher Spotlight later next week. We thank you for your efforts so early in the school year. Keep up the good work and please share with your colleagues any tips and suggestions you may have to offer!