Hello and welcome!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Currently, I am in the Educational Leadership program with Regent University and, as one of my technology class requirements, I have to start a blog. I am quite nervous about this as I am a perfectionist and an extremely private person. However, I am also excited about this opportunity to learn something new.
Our current students are so connected to everything digital, and I feel that it is important for us as educators to open ourselves up to that digital world as well. If we do not, then we will be unable to help our students realize the importance of digital citizenship and that the technology they have available to them can be used for more than just updating their status on Twitter or posting a funny video on Vine. We as educators can show our students how to harness the power of technology to make a difference in their world, to share and express their ideas and opinions appropriately, and to help them connect and collaborate with others around the world. We must help them to recognize the value of learning 21st century skills such as creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving. In order to do this, we must learn how to incorporate these skills and technology into our classrooms.
So often I ask my students to learn new things, try new things, and be willing to take risks, but then I myself fear change and am adverse to taking risks. I’ve read about the importance of technology integration and teaching 21st century skills, but I feel like I could do a better job “putting my money where my mouth is” within my own classroom. Through several of my classes, I have learned that, as a future leader and current educator, I cannot be afraid of these things if I hope to be effective for my students; I must learn how to harness technology and model using it appropriately to help guide my students to do the same. My hope is that, through this blog, I will be able to share my experiences and learning about education and technology integration to help others who have these same fears.
So, thank you for joining me and I will update you on my journey again soon!