With a new school year there are always new challenges - this year one of many challenges is integrating technology into what we do in the classroom. Some of us are quick to "get on board" while others "dabble", and some dig in their heels and resist. I am so thankful that there are many teachers who are willing to try something different and lead others to do the same. I am also grateful for the "dabblers" who will at least ask questions and are curious. But most of all, I am grateful for those with their heels dug in! They are my new challenge. Even though they may not really try any new apps or programs, they still are using technology (email, Infinite Campus at the very least). I want to help these people get on board.
When Natalie and I visited a school system in the Atlanta area we saw classrooms at two schools where technology was being used. We saw some cool things, BUT we came home very proud of what we see in our schools daily and what we see our teachers are doing. The LCSS is moving along where technology is concerned and for that we are thankful.
Please remember the hour of code at your respective schools December 8-12. Don't know what I'm talking about? See the video below for an AMAZING overview of what is involved. Last year, over 15 million students were a part of this world-wide event. There are already some tech-savvy leaders on your campus who are leading the way - get involved! Trust me - you and your students will have a great time. And there are "plugged" and "unplugged" activities, so anyone can do it, no matter what devices they have in their classroom. Let's commit to teach our students these skills! Get started at http://hourofcode.com/us. Here are some resources you may find helpful and if you are still hesitant, reach out to your school leaders - they are a valuable resource!
We want EVERYONE - students, teachers, administrators, every person who makes Lee County so great - to be involved in Hour of Code!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to our LCSS family!
-Kim and Natalie