Honorary Tech Ninja
Name: Martha Lackey
District: Midlothian ISD
School: J. A. Vitovsky Elementary
Job Title: 2nd-3rd Bilingual Teacher
Years in Education: 23
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
Ha! I live, breath, dream, apply and infuse it in my 1:1 ipad classroom. I'm always looking at learning at sharing with the others how mobile device learning can change the learner and the teacher in a technology rich environment. Teaching young learners, especially ELL learners, can be a challenge but technology enriches their vocabulary and knowledge and helps in the self direct learning all at the same time.
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools, and why?
Wow! Love blogging, use Kidblog in classroom. Twitter is probably my number #1 tool for sharing our learning and collaborating globally. We have our own class account. Also love Edmodo. We are big contributors and love the safe environment that it provides for students and teacher. Big fan of web apps for ipads. We are a google apps for education district so google docs is our go to site for sharing, collaborating and creating new projects/content. Love educreations, screenchomp, book creator, trading cards, doceri (big fans) just to name a few.
Why is technology important in education?
How can it not be our focus especially with this new generation of digital natives that are connected in all aspects with social media tools. Teachers need to realize that the old way of teaching is gone and students need to be engaged in real time situations. This is the challenge for up and coming new teachers and a challenge for those that still feel that teaching the old way is what students need today. Mobile device learning is growing infinitely with smart phones, tablets, BYOD in schools and I am witnessing schools across the globe making that shift into mobile device learning and more collaboration among students, teachers, administrators to connect and be curators of their learning!
Here is my website where I share our 1:1 Project Launch initiative in my district with 1:1 ipads. We just launched the ipads about 2 months ago so it has been ONE big ride so far. There are 9 of us in the group launching mobile device learning! Super super excited about this and a dream come true for me as an educator!
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