This week I attended the Teacher Academy. It was informative and helpful in many ways. However, there are two specific areas that I felt were grossly under-discussed.
A. Educational Technology. It was discussed as separate component by some of the presenters. Versus as an embed of what was already being presented. Edtech is here to stay. How we use it…good or bad will have a profound impact on students. It’s not just about having web links at the end of the presentation. In my opinion, it would have been more helpful to have tasks where we used apps and connected with teachers using them to learn best practices for instruction.
B. Little to no conversation centered around the physical elements in our classroom. I am writing about the classroom desks, computers, interactive boards, etc. Perhaps this was not discussed because it is out of many teachers’ control. I totally disagree. If we can fight to spend $200 of our own money for small supplies; in like manner we can push for something big like – $20k.
The latter of the two brings me to make public a conversation that Melisia and I have been having recently. Create something that takes our passion and use it as a platform that has the potential to change _______________. The thing would have the focus of solving a real world problem in a fun way. Nope, nothing like this already exists. Brand new. Trendsetting. All around good for the benefit of _______________.
We are just in the beginning phases of this monumental shift in our lives. We are excited and not taking this opportunity lightly. She and I have been soft planning and making connections in Jacksonville to turn this burning passion to ______________ into reality.
As mentioned in this post about scaling up I am here to serve my generation. I know God has heard my prayer and the groanings of my heart.
The next few weeks will be very interesting.