So…to sum up my week…technology overload!
I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt since taking this course and what I’ve missed out on over my 6 year teaching career. I’ve always wanted to get on board with technology; uploading lessons and documents onto the portal, even creating my own math video tutorials but never really knew what to do with the content. So I was overwhelmed with how much there actually is out there.
So I have managed to set up this blog, make posts, comment on posts, set up a twitter account, follow and be followed and even get to grips with Pecha Kucha.
On reflection of my week the following phrase came to me… ‘Am I working smarter not harder?’
Reading some colleagues posts on facebook this weekend from my previous school in Birmingham, they all seem to be moaning, I mean commenting, on the marking overload at the moment and they’re only in their second week of the year!! I posted to one of them ‘What happened to working smarter not harder?’ and I began to realise that technology in education can facilitate this. I know we’re not focusing on marking but the amount of time we put into our lesson planning surely can be reduced with a few smarter ways of thinking and I think my view on education has changed in such a short amount of time.
So my thoughts for the week ahead…
How can I get my students more involved in my lessons using technology? I’m attempting to trial Padlet (wall wisher) to encourage problem solving discussions outside of my lessons and across my classes.
I also want to look into Google Ninja, to my understanding this is a bit like class Dojo? I’m not sure, so any feedback is welcomed. I want to reward pupils for their success in overcoming obstacles in mathematics but I’m not sure what there is available.
Finally…a personal one… I want to find out how to make the ultimate tweet where followers actually tweet back!