I really love the post, Empowering English Language Learners with Technology, co-written by Dora DeBoer and Alex Lianne Carter. Their image along with the quote, “Learners are the driver, Technology is the Accelerator” captured everything I’ve been reflecting on recently. While the piece does a beautiful job of showing how technology has pushed the classroom walls down for teachers and thus their students, it also speaks to me about the professional learning for today’s educators. As 21st Century educators, we drive our own learning…we can pick up a book or go to a conference, PD, staff meeting, etc. Even with these opportunities, eventually I return to a room where I’m ‘by myself’ with twenty five 9- and 10-year-olds. By myself, I’ll never, ever be “all that and a bag of chips”. Have me share ideas with my colleagues and together we might be “all that’. Let us connect with others across the hall, town, state, or in the world through/with technology and you’ve just accelerated our learning ten-fold! No need for the “bag of chips”!
On July 6, 2017, two of my PLN buddies, Ellen Deem and Mark Weston co-hosted a #WhatisSchool Twitter Chat on educators and superpowers. Recently, Lia Gyore, the author of Reflections of an Evolving Teacher posted Why Twitter? and it made me think of my story which led me to the conclusion that I do in fact have … Read more