The first post on my blog and the cursor blinks and taunts me. What are you going to say? Any interesting to add?
I then remembered a conversation I had today about the role of educational technology and what its impact can be on teachers, their teaching and their professional development. A lot of time is spent extolling the benefits of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. But for me, it has made me a more generous teacher.
I am a languages teacher (with a little bit of IT to fill in the gaps) in St Oliver's CC in Drogheda. However, since February I have been working on a project to introduce tablet PCs into the four post-primary schools in Co Louth VEC.
The move into the educational technology conversation has been a revelation. I have been a teacher for close on a decade but finding a community of generous and open teachers and educators was like starting all over again. It was discovering a conversation that has being going on in the next room that you were not even aware of beforehand. Any it turns out that many of the interesting people were sitting in this new room.
For teachers in Ireland today, it can seem like you are working against a constant stream of negative forces; from apathy in class to vitriol on the public airwaves. My advice: join in with the conversation in educational technology, connect with generous teachers who are willing to share their expertise and insight, and share your expertise with others. It is a great space to be.
That is not to say that the problems drift away, but spending some time thinking about your practice, what you do in class and why you do it, is time well spent.
If there was one thing I would recommend for you to do to start this journey, it is:
- Join Twitter - Every day, educators from across the world share their practice, resources, insights and opinions. Follow the right people and you will reap the benefit of their generosity. Join in and share some of what you are doing. Keep an eye on educational hashtags - #edchatie for an Irish perspective - and watch the conversation develop.
An aside: The title of the blog comes from a quote from the American poet, Audre Lorde.
"We are all in the process of becoming."