I am fortunate to work in a school that has technology pioneers, innovators, and role models. I have observed teachers implement BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives, use SMART Board and iPads for instruction, and create lessons on Edmoto. I try to capture students and teachers engaged with technology that support teaching and learning and post that to Twitter (search for @Principal French and #RLRoadrunners).
Our amazing PTO has gifted us with great technology over the years. They have supplied us with projectors, document cameras, SMART Boards, airliners, an entire desktop computer lab, iPad minis, a portable sound system, and other tools and resources. Just last week they approved the purchase of 2 iPads and blue-tooth speakers for our music teachers and a 32 unit portable Chromebook cart with software.
We recognize that professional development is important if we want teachers to take the time and effort to enhance their knowledge and skills. We are dedicating our site time on the January 31 staff development day to technology workshops. Our teachers are presenting on Edmoto (Mr. Biljan), Interactive iPad applications (Mr. Gernand), Moby Max/Raz-Kids/Tumblebooks (Mrs, Rodriguez and Mr, Dylong), SMART Board (Mrs. Mahnke), Twitter and TweetDeck (Mrs. Erickson), and Word Press for blogging (Mrs. Berg). Kudos to these teachers for sharing with their colleagues. It is not always easy for teachers to present in front of friends and collegues and we thank these teachers for doing that!
I am trying to enhance my own technology learning through this blog, on Twitter, with Instagram, Pinterest, and other websites and applications. Stay tuned for updates about our amazing teachers using technology.