Friday, September 14, 2007

My Hope & Dreams For TEAM

I entitled this blog post My Hopes & Dreams for TEAM, because the assignment so closely resembled a blog assignment that I recently gave to my fifth grade class at the SouthParisCollaborative. The students had to write about their hopes and dreams for fifth grade and I'm happy to share that the majority of the students were really interested in improving their technology skills. I'm so happy to be working with such a great bunch of tech-savvy children! I'll keep you posted of their technology feats as we progress through the year.

As a member of TEAM I'm looking to fine tune my technology skills and to learn about what's new in educational technology. While I have worked with a variety of applications online and off, I want to better understand the technology I've been integrating into the curriculum for my students and I also want to learn about what's new and upcoming, since technology is constantly changing and never stagnant.

After attending some conferences this summer, I've learned how important it is to play to learn. I'm eager to attend the TEAM program and workshops because I want to be able to play with what's new in educational technology. I also hope to connect to people who are just as passionate about web 2.0 as I am. Collaboration is important to me.

Sometimes, I feel like a hybrid of sorts between a digital native and digital immigrant. Between all of the new Google applications that I use and recently downloaded itunes subscriptions, I almost always feel up to par with what's going on. But even while I'm sitting here, the technology sometimes seems to be moving faster than anyone can keep up with, even the digital natives. It seems there is so much to learn in such a small amount of time that by the time most people have seen it, it's either outdated or tweaked with a new download for updating.

I hope being apart of TEAM will help me to better navigate and alter the world wide web as a digital citizen. I want to help prepare my students to be 21st century learners by embracing the fact that I'm a 21st century teacher. I dream of doing great things with educational technology as a member of the TEAM.