Honorary Tech Ninja
Name: Jake Duncan
District: New Caney ISD
School: Sixth Grade Campus
Job Title: Dual-Language Bilingual Immersion Teacher
Years in Education: 13
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
I have been studying diligently and learning from Tech Ninja masters in my local dojo for a few years now, and I feel that it is time. I am a huge proponent of effective technology use in education through Bring Your Own Device and 1 to 1 implementations. My students create masterful works by making efficient use of the tools they carry with them. They share their learning with others in our school and online through their sites and social media presence. They listen, speak, read, and write every day with a variety of media. Thanks to the students in my dojo and the incredible members of my passionate learning network online and in real life, I feel that I am now prepared to take up the katana and defend our young minds from the enemies of education.
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools, and why?
I have far too many favorite web tools to mention them all. Google Apps for Educators and the plethora of other Google tools allow my students to create and collaborate through a multitude of fashions both inside and outside of the classroom. I love the ability to communicate with students and parents with the Cel.ly app and site. I also really appreciate using the various digital storytelling apps and tools that allow my students to share their knowledge through stories. I believe that no individual pedagogical belief will always be the correct one for all. I believe in passion-based, project-based, problem-based, game-based, inquiry-based, challenge-based, and team-based learning and am an advocate for gamification in the classroom. Any great free tools that support that student learning and achievement are my favorite!
Why is technology important in education?
I believe that access to technology is the great equalizer. It affords equitable opportunities for demonstrating knowledge through creation and collaboration. I feel that technology provides students immediate access to information and experts worldwide, saves time and money, allows for a richer discussion and deeper understanding, and promotes student achievement. It also makes the standards and content accesible for students with disabilities, and encourages to students to be productive with the tools they have. Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers that effectively utilize technology will replace those who do not.
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