Honorary Tech Ninja
Name: Brad Waid
District: Bloomfield Hills Schools
School: Eastover Elementary
Job Title: 3rd Grade Teacher
Years in Education: 16
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
I would make an excellent Tech Ninja because I am always looking for new and innovative ways to use technology with my students. As someone who isn't a digital native, I've come to really understand and appreciate the use of technology within my student's learning. I've seen the excitement on their faces the first time the master a level in CargoBot, or I've seen the wonder in their eyes when they can see something static come to life using Augmented Reality. When you can see those kinds of experiences happen in your student's day, why would you NOT want to use more technology?
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools, and why?
It's so hard to pick just a few of my favorite tools. Some of my favorites right now are ThreeRing, Remind101, AppsGoneFree, Write About This, CargoBot, Twitter, and of course any app that has to do with Augmented Reality (like Aurasma, ColARmix, AR Fllashcards, and Daqri).
ThreeRing is the best tool I've found in keeping parents informed with what is happening with their child. It allows me to easily create digital portfolios for all of my students, for free!
I love Remind101 because as we all know almost everyone is carrying a phone around with them. Remind101 allows me to easily relay information to parents through texting them!
CargoBot is a must have app that easily teaches kids the fundamentals for coding. My students love playing with the app, and I love watching the excitement on their faces when the finally master a level.
And of course I would be remiss not to mention Augmented Reality apps! Apps like Aurasma, that allow me and my students to create our own augmented experiences, are really revolutionizing the way I teach my students. These kinds of apps have really brought a new sense of wonder to my students.
Why is technology important in education?
Technology changes the ways kids learn. Technology allows students to have experiences that normally they would never be able to have. New technology, like Augmented Reality, opens up all kinds of doors for learning. Technology is a tool that educators can utilize to really excite and inspire students to build a love of learning. I just love seeing a child's face light up when they finally are excited about learning and being in school. We can inspire students to be great, we can really show them that they CAN change the world, and technology really helps us do just that! Let's get them connected, and get them learning, because the world they're entering into is full of all kinds of technology.
Of course I would love for you to check out my website that is co-created with my good friend Drew Minock (@TechMinock) at twoguysandsomeipads.com
Would also love for you to check out my podcast that I co-host with Drew every Tuesday night at 9pm EST for the EdReach network, called "The 2 Guys Show"
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