Friday, January 26, 2018

Welcome to EdTech Ohio

It is such an exciting time to be in education. The paradigm shift that is taking place in teaching and learning is causing revolutionary changes in the field of education. With the ever improving ease of accessibility to information, made possible by the world wide web, today's classroom is becoming a much different place.

The stand and deliver method of teaching today's youth does not apply any longer. Teaching 21st-century skills is what is necessary to prepare the youth of today for the world of tomorrow. Preparing students to be communicators,

critical thinkers, collaborators, and fostering creativity is of the utmost importance. The Prussian model of education that served our country well in the late 18th-century is no longer relevant to the demands of today's society. New ideas on how to educate today's youth are emerging and that, to me, is what makes my job so exciting. It fuels me to learn as much as I can to better myself. There are as many ways to teach students as there are teachers on the planet and the purpose of this blog is to share the ways that I am using technology to change the way I do my job.

I have a passion for educational technology. Technology is a tool that makes the way I teach and the way my students learn more engaging. It allows for new and exciting ways to be creative and to share those creative ideas with others. That leads me to why I decided to start this blog.

I have learned a lot during my 14-year career as an educator, but I can honestly say that I what I have learned over the last few years has made the largest impact on my career. I attribute this to my personal learning network. Over the course of the last three years, I have jumped into the world of blogs, vlogs, and podcasts. The digital connections that I have made through Twitter and Facebook have put me in contact with people I never would have had the opportunity to learn from otherwise. My greatest inspiration and the reason why I wanted to start a blog of my own is largely due to the work of Eric Curts. Eric sparked my interest in the world of Google and opened my eyes to what was possible with the G Suite of applications. His work inspired me to become a Google Certified Educator and then on to become a Google Certified Trainer.

Most educators receive the calling to become educators themselves from inspirational teachers they have come into contact with throughout the course of their education. During their careers, those educators hope to have a similar impact on their students. I am no different. I hope that through the course of this blog that I can inspire others to utilize technology in ways that allow them to inspire their students.

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