Honorary Tech Ninja
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
We need a principal in the Tech Ninjas! I would make an excellent Tech Ninja because I can model for other campus administrators and teachers how to improve the work we do with the help of the latest technology tools. Social media and handheld devices (i.e. my phone) make it easy to connect with families, tell our school's story, and facilitate professional learning--all while I'm doing my regular walk-through visits! Campus Tweet-alongs and posts on our Facebook page help our community see what's going on in the school anytime.
Through our community/school Twitter chat #TMSHawkChat, we have home/school/community meetings every Tuesday night at 8:00 from wherever we are. We talk about education, parenting, service, and society in general. Often we have honored guests from all over the world join us and lend to the conversations. This simple tool has made a huge difference in our ability to connect and learn together!
I believe technology should be modeled by educators and adopted at will by staff members and community if we are to have true ownership of its power to transform teaching and learning. When we force change, people tend to feel threatened and resist. When we influence, encourage, and take risks we bring about true transformation that has real staying power and positive impact.
I think the Tech Ninjas are AWESOME, and I would count it a privilege to be an honorary Tech Ninja!
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools, and why?
My favorite tool of late is the Wix web site...which incidentally I learned from Tech Ninjas Todd and Stacey at #edcampdallas! Wix is a free resource that I use to compile resources, share content, and create my own digital portfolio. Every educator and learner should have some sort of online portfolio; Wix makes it easy!
Class Dojo has been used widely in our school for the development of positive class environments. I'm tinkering with ways to use my own account to encourage professional learning on our campus.
While WordPress is my personal blogging tool, I have recently discovered the flexibility (and freeness) of Blogger by Google. My first-grade daughter has a Blogger account, and she uses it for publishing extension work and writing practice.
Oh, and I cannot forget Storify! I use Storify (another free tool) to archive our #TMSHawkChats and other school events, as well as some of our social media work in the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
Why is technology important in education?
Technology provides learners and educators with unlimited ways to work smarter. It also affords us opportunities to embrace the key 21st Century skills of collaboration, communication, and creation--all things we will need as we make the transition from the information age to the conceptual age.
If we really want to serve our kids today, we have to instill in them the agility they need to be ready for a world we cannot predict and jobs that do not yet exist. Our learners need to be contributors and creators rather than just consumers. Authentic leveraging of accesible and familiar technologies helps educators become architects of the learning experiences our kiddos need now in order to be successful in the future.
Other places you can find me.
I'm looking forward to attending #edcampwaller in April and learning more from/with Tech Ninjas Stacey and Todd...and then working with Honorary Tech Ninjas Shelly and Ashlee (AKA the Tech Divas) as we host #edcampFWTX at Timberview Middle School. Lots of great learning and sharing ahead of us!!
Want to be our next "Honorary Tech Ninja"??? Click HERE for our application!!