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Become an Edu-tech Guru this Summer!


It’s hard to believe that another school year has come to an end—my 23rd!  Wow!  Where does the time go?

Even though summer vacation has officially begun, I will continue to update Edutech for Teachers over the next few months—in between traveling and conducting professional development sessions, that is.  One journey will take me to Guanajuato, Mexico where I will not only act as an information technology specialist, but I will be teaching English to high school students as well.  Besides improving my Spanish-speaking skills, I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to share “cool tools” with educators from another country. Learning about the educational system in a different culture will also be an neat experience.  Stay tuned for details related to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

In the meantime, summer is a great time for teachers to recharge the battery, cross some items off the “bucket list” and prepare for the upcoming school year.  For those of you who are interested in acquiring or honing your technology integration skills, here are a few suggestions to help you become an edu-tech guru:

» Design a classroom web site or blog

» Select a “cool tool” that interests you—then create a classroom project to complete with your students

» Produce an instructional video and post it online

» Create accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest—then follow edu-tech authors for integration ideas

» Subscribe to an educational technology blog—like this one!

» Develop a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activity for your curricular area

» Read a technology integration book or ebook (i.e. Blogs Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson)

» Become familiar with a new computer platform (i.e. If you normally use a Windows machine, explore the Mac OS.)

» Experiment with mobile technologies (i.e. apps, QR codes, etc.)

» Enroll in an technology-related course

» Attend a technology integration workshop, conference and/or professional development session (i.e. Techapalooza)

Whatever you decide to do this summer, make a POA (plan of action) and stick with it!  You’ll be glad you did—and so will your students!

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“Become an Edu-tech Guru this Summer!”

  1. May 23rd, 2017 at 4:07 pm       Deb Haasch Says:

    You have provided some excellent suggestions in this post. Thank you for sharing! As I continue to add to my technology toolbox, I plan to utilize one of these ideas over the summer.

    Deb H.

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