I’m a young teacher with a passion for ICT and modest technical skills; and I’m starting to question how my ideas are influencing my classroom teaching practice.
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I’m a teacher.
ICT and Web 2.0 are part of what I do
- I see myself as a classroom teacher using ICT to extend my teaching practice beyond my classroom walls.
- I want to teach my students how to share, learn and communicate with a global audience.
- And I’m more than happy to share my ideas and expertise with interested colleagues.
- But, does this make me a ‘techie teacher’?
I’m not a ‘natural’ with ICT
- I enjoy using technology, but I’m not a ‘digital native’ … I’m primarily self-taught.
- I’m a learner too, drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of the teachers and ‘techies’ in my PLN.
- I’m taking significant professional risks, often stepping out into uncharted territory; and
- I’m learning from my mistakes.
What I do is not “amazing”
- ICT, Web 2.0, and global projects aren’t the exclusive realm of young, tech-savvy teachers.
- Effective ICT integration is something that any teacher can do with the appropriate collegial support, mentoring, and training.
- I’m learning how to encourage and support other teachers’ forays into ICT & global projects, and I believe this can only improve our students’ learning and engagement.
I’m starting to define myself as a teacher, as a learner, as an inquirer.
And, I’m not alone …