I remember the weeks leading up to my summer break -- oh, the plans that I had. Now that summer is half over for me it is time to start working on all of those edtech plans that I had. So here is my top 5 edtech priorities for the remainder of this summer, things to improve the teaching of technology in my school. Number 1: Review all of my current lessons. I swear, math teachers have it so easy -- nothing ever changes in math. The same principles that were taught to me in my childhood are the same today. But with teaching technology your lessons should always be fresh and current. So this year I will be adding programming with Scratch, deleting a couple of lessons using MS Publisher (I admit, I danced on the grave of MS Publisher), etc. So it is a sort of "out with the old and in with the new," approach to my edtech lessons.
Number 2: Read a few good edtech or teaching books. This summers reading list: 21st Century Skills by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel, Teaching Content Outrageously by Stanley Pogrow, Reinventing Project-Based Learning by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss and finally; Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen.
Number 3: Listen to or watch some good podcasts. If you haven't started watching TEDtalks online, then start. You will be amazed how much these talks will inspire you to be a better tech teacher. I listen to five or six podcasts a week and I love them. Just go to iTunes and search the podcast section for the topic or subject of your liking.
Number 4: Attend a few conferences. As many of you know from my blog posts, I attended the recent ISTE conference in Denver and walked away with a ton of new educational technology ideas for my school. I still have a few more conferences to go to so we'll see how the rest of my summer goes.
Number 5: Set some new goals. When I finished this past school year I set a personal goal to work out a couple of classroom management issues that I was having in my computer lab. One day when I was surfing YouTube for some ideas I came across a series of videos on Power Teaching (which has now been changed to Whole-Brain Teaching) and something clicked inside of me -- I liked these classroom management techniques -- so I have spent a bit of time this summer practicing and working on these new ideas. Watch out students, there's a new sheriff in town!
I hope my list has been helpful, please share your ideas in the comment section below.