Thursday, January 28, 2016

There is always more.... I really mean it!

Okay, true story. Just happened. My brother asked me how to share a blog from blogger on Facebook.  I didn't remember how,  but I didn't want to sound like an amateur  blogger being that I have posted two blogs and received a few likes, so I decided to look into it . I clicked on my blog, I clicked on all the icons but to no avail. I couldn't remember how to do it. I knew it had to be easy because I don't remember it being a big deal when I first shared my blog.

Okay, I have seen others search the web for the "how to.." advice. Bravely I opened up another tab. I find a little article that has  step by step directions on how to share a blog onto Facebook.  Boy did I feel all techie and impressed with myself.  Except for the fact that if I am looking at information that doesn't make sense to me I can't retain that information for more then a microsecond. Seriously, I read the first step in the "how to" web page then go back to my blog and in that little bit of time I had forgotten what step I had to do. Then there was this crazy thing about copying a URL code and then pasting it in Facebook somewhere. Pasting URL codes freak me out a little. I was ready to surrender.

Then what do I see on my blog page.... a button that says more... yes more. What did I find when I clicked on more......a tab that said "share with Facebook". Remember always click on more, you just might find what you are looking for..and more!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

To Siri, With Love.

Long ago and far away, when I was young the movie "To Sir With Love" was a big hit. In it, Sidney Poitier plays a new teacher sent to a rough school in the east end of London.  With love, respect and patience Poitier's character turns a disrespectful, disillusioned class of teenagers into literature loving successful students. 

As many teachers know, this is not all that is needed. Yes, of course if we treat our students with respect, attend to the whole child not just the curriculum we will achieve a level of success. But there is so much more. Teaching students is a complicated endeavor. 

As we all hop on the technology bandwagon, this is an important lesson to remember.  Technology is an amazing resource that engages students and brings the whole world into view. But we also must remember that these are children with vast and differing backgrounds, interests and learning styles. As a teacher of teenagers I am also dealing with growing pains, love and hormones.

When I asked my students to find a question that Siri couldn't answer, I was expecting questions like "What is the meaning of life?" or "What will the world be like when I grow up?". Instead, my students asked "Siri, what is my shoe size?" or many of them just said "Hello Siri".  One student didn't complete my assignment at all, he was too busy looking at his reflection in his darkened iPad. 

Siri, like all technology is an amazing tool. It is up to the teachers to show our students the potential of these tools and themselves.

Your in all things techie,


Friday, January 15, 2016

There is always more......

Ten years ago, I didn't have an email, a smart phone, an iPad or a laptop.  Siblings and friends alike would mock my lack of digital prowess.  Fast forward and here is my first blog where I will write about the trials and tribulations of a "late to the party" techie.

The biggest thing I have learned is that there is always more.  That can be liberating and daunting at the same time.  The plethora of materials, advice, apps and web sites that are available is overwhelming especially for a newbie.  It wasn't long ago when I wasn't comfortable having more then one tab open.  Is there some unspoken language that lets some people know that three dots (...) means that if you click on it more options are available to you? Who knew? Most people under 25 years do.

So I leave you with this as I continue on this journey.  Tiny steps, great leaps and formidable disasters await.  I will keep you posted..unless I forget how to log back in.

Your in all things techie