Some days I am confused as to who I am…
At school, I am seen as a bit of a technology expert. I have integrated technology more quickly and more readily than some of my colleagues. I have explored a variety of web 2.0 tools with my students and discovered great ways to use them to enhance the learning experience. I had a class wiki before most others knew what a wiki was. I have my own blog. I have enthusiastically encouraged my colleagues to join me on the journey. I have supported Linda, our ICT teacher, in sessions for teachers to learn and experiment with new tools.
But then I see what educators are doing across the globe and I feel quite inadequate. I thought I would gather teachers interested in Skype connections, then discovered others are already doing this far better than I could. There are teachers in my PLN on Twitter who use terms I don’t even understand. There are learners using tools I have never heard of, in ways I hadn’t thought of. There are inspirational collaborations taking place and new, exciting kinds of learning happening every day.
So who am I?
I know something .. but not everything.
I have made some headway… but realise there’s a long way to go.
There’s a lot I can do … but there’s much I don’t know how to do yet.
There are people I can help… but I need others to help me.
I’m eager to investigate new technology and to learn from those who know more than I do. I’m happy to encourage and assist others. I’m willimg to integrate, collaborate and create. I’m prepared to take a step back and hand over control to my students.
It’s an ongoing process. When I created the slideshare below, I didn’t realise that you don’t really reach the other side… or if you do, you can’t relax there for long…!