The 2015 TCEA Conference has come and gone. I absorbed tons of EdTech knowledge and met some great people. I always feel recharged after a conference and ready to hit the ground running when I get back to my district. This year felt more empowering. After a week of networking and learning, I feel compelled to make a conscious effort to better myself, personally and professionally, daily. I want to read more books and blogs, write my own thoughts down, grow my professional learning network, and start working on my Master’s degree.
OK, enough about me. What can I take back to my district? While there were tons of new applications that I can show my teachers, I have decided that my biggest takeaway is that I want to simplify our Professional Development. I want to focus on using two tools (sort of).
Tool number one- Twitter. I realized last week just how powerful Twitter is as a professional learning network. I have been using it as such for years, but never really realized how much I relied on it for professional growth. I want to empower my teachers to start building their own PLN. Having a network of support is invaluable.
Tool number two- Google Apps for Education (not really one tool, but the suite has easily proven to be one of the most powerful free tools for EdTech.) We have been using Google Apps for about 3 years now, and many of our teachers are well versed in many of its applications. But, I want to begin bridging the gap between those that are power users and those that are not.
My hope is that teaching our teachers to connect and collaborate with Twitter and Google will translate into them using those tools to better themselves on a daily basis. We have some great teachers at City View ISD. Hopefully, I can give them some resources that make their jobs a little easier and more efficient. At the end of the day, we should all just be striving to be a little better than we were yesterday. Right?