The last two years of teaching has lead to inspiration and change. As a social studies and special education teacher, I have always strived to do the best for my students and improve my teaching. One area where I always had an engaging interest was that of technology. While I always made an effort to incorporate technology into my teaching I found it very difficult. It was difficult for various reasons. One, my limited knowledge and understanding of the tools available. Two, my limited access to equipment and devices. Three, my students' limited access to equipment and devices. Four, limitations based on the infrastructure and culture of my school and "freedom" to explore.
However, those limitations began to change and it has made a direct and positive impact on my teaching and how I not only view my role inside my classroom but also as a member of my school and district's staff.
I always tried to figure my way around those limitations while always reaching a dead end. Those roads began to open up for various reasons. My school district made a substantial investment in improving the infrastructure. Along with improving the infrastructure, the district increased the number of devices available to students and staff. This also included becoming a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. The culture of the school began to change in terms of education technology as well. Most importantly, my knowledge and understanding of technology grew greatly.
While attending ISTE 2014 I saw how teachers across the country and world were using GAFE and technology. This reignited my passion for education technology and I was determined to use it as much as possible in my classroom. This led to me participating in various online communities focusing on education technology. Also, I constantly seek out professional development focusing on education technology.
As my knowledge grew due to use with students and learning from other professionals I began to share my experiences with other staff members. Those sharing sessions have led to me creating this website in order to tell my story.