Q and A Catch-up day: TTCT, Technology in Education and Blogging
Tonight’s class was helpful b/c together we were able to review all the technology that we have been using.
In some way or the other, it’s nice that we can see each other’s triumphs and struggles with technology. Our blogs will be a way for us to see our progression in this class, a keepsake if you will.
As Carmen Holota said during the class discussion, I forgot how much I miss blogging.
For this class, I have been taking the time to do my weekly posts and I am enjoying them. I have also been enjoying reading my fellow classmates posts. I appreciate all of my classmates, Katia and Alec’s feedback.
Last night Alec asked me and fellow TTCT members about teachers collaboratively working together to improve our teaching practices.
TTCT stands for: Thom Technology Catalyst Team (TTCT)
It formed in January 2012 by an awesome Instructional Consultant named: Erik Vandusen. Today, we are still a group of teachers and consultants at Thom Collegiate, who get together, looking for meaningful ways to integrate technology into our practice.
We are always looking to find new ways to engage our students in their learning. We seek meaningful connections to the subjects we are teaching. We are also a dedicated group who meets on a monthly basis, to share what we have experienced with our students in all subject areas. We take risks and experiment with a variety of technology tools in our classrooms.
Our goal is to increase student engagement; we adopted BYOT in our classrooms which became a school-wide policy. We discovered how powerful it is to collaborate, take risks and learn from each other’s experiences.
Just today, members got together to help plan #edcampthom for our morning PD on November 10th. It’s very similar to an “unconference” where teachers can have informal conversations based around their areas of interest. It is also a PD where learning is self-chosen.
Our hope is that others will learn from our experiences and form a Technology Catalyst group at their own school.
Give us a follow at: @ThomTechteam
As a French Immersion Language Arts and Spanish teacher, I teach students everyday on language acquisition and learning.
To learn a second or third language is an important skill to take on, as well as there are many benefits to learning an additional language. Keeping languages learners motivated in the classroom, is something that I have struggled with from time to time, but I am always keen on learning new technology that helps engage and motivate the language learner.
I believe that technology is here to stay and it is not going away. As a teacher I have embraced technology in my classroom because there is a benefit to having it in my classroom on a daily basis. Technology is not a novelty; it is also not an outcome. It’s a tool to engage my students in their language learning.
The word “change” comes mind and it’s something that teachers have to be willing to accept and to change within their teaching practices. Change will not happen overnight. The integration of technology in the classroom is a learning process which can be done easily with some time. There will be discomfort and risks when integrating technology in the classroom, but taking little steps at a time, can be a very positive experience.
As educators using technology in many different ways, it’s super important that we continue to be lifelong learners, to collaborate, and continue to live as connected learners!
As teachers, we need to continue to have relationships with our students at school! We need to find ways to encourage kids to want to be in the school setting and remember that relationships among teachers and students are connections to learning. The place of school is a location where you can connect with students. At the same time, when the school day gets busy, teachers need to take time to reflect! (Blogging and journaling will help me with this process.)
So I am asking fellow #eci831 classmates: Do our teaching practices follow the 21st century learning, or are we still teaching from the past and not moving into the future?