Honorary Tech Ninja
Name: Carrie Ross
District: Trinity ISD
School: Trinity High School
Job Title: English Department Chair (11th grade)
Years in Education: 3 Years
Find me on Twitter: @MsRossEnglish
Why do you make an excellent "Tech Ninja"?
It's been said so many times before, but I'm at a lack for another word that adequately expresses my attitude towards technology and education - passion, pure and simple. Passion for technology. Passion for education. Passion for students. Any professional development that becomes available that I feel will make me a better educator I request to attend. Any fabulous new learning tool that I learn about over Twitter I investigate and try to find a way to incorporate in into my classroom. I glean as much as I can from #engchat on Twitter to boost my classroom instruction and #flipclass to engage critical thinking and student engagement, and I still go back hungry for more. But I don't keep all this valuable information to myself. I share it out with my department, my campus, my district, others on Twitter or to those willing to brave the sporadic randomness on my blog. I share out this information with my students who are just as hungry for information (even though as high schoolers they try to act like they're not!). I would make an excellent Tech Ninja because my passion for students encourages me to utilize technology to collaborate with educators locally and around the world to make me the best possible teacher I can be in ensuring student success.
What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools, and why?
My absolutely favorite tool is TWITTER! Why? Well... why not?! I was skeptical at first like so many who look at social media and just see the inanity of random status updates, but when I started to learn Twitter as a tool, I found a vast array of professional development and personal growth opportunities that I had not found anywhere else. Now, I use it to connect globally with cohorts, peers, and to develop professional and personally. I also use it in my classroom by connecting with the local community by tweeting out what we are doing in class and on campus and by having students tweet out "research" questions they curious about in class.
Why is technology important in education?
Technology is important in education because, not only is it the doorway into the present, it is a window into the future. Students are immersed in technology daily, but many do not have the skills to adequately and appropriately navigate, utilize, and assess the information they come into contact with every second. Technology allows educators to open up their classroom doors and invite the world in as well as explore the furthest reaches of the world - even the universe! As educators, we should be using technology to move our classrooms and our students to leaving global legacies.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Education is my passion. I'm currently pursuing my graduate degree from Sam Houston State University, and I should be graduating in May. In the mean time, I am serving as the unofficial Instructional Technology specialist at my district. I presented over Internet Research and Validation, Instructional Technology Tools, Edmodo and Twitter to my district during the 2012-2013 inservice. I'm also preparing with Tra Hall and Troy Mooney to present at TCEA 2013 over the use of Twitter to build an amazing PLN like #txed!
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