From 12:00-1:00 today, I presented on Classroom 2.0 Live. This was a webinar where I discussed using Web 2.0 tools in a Grade 1 classroom. At one point, there were almost 90 people in the room, and they were typing questions and sharing information in the chat window while I was talking about how I use these tools in my classroom. I’ve sat in on many of these webinar presentations before, but never presented at one, and it may have been one of the most incredible experiences in my life! Here I am interacting with people from all around the world (there were teachers attending from this Board, an administrator from Alberta, teachers from all over Canada and the States, and even a teacher from India), and they were here listening to me … me!
I know that I feel comfortable using technology in my classroom, and I know that I see the benefits of using these tools with my students, but I don’t consider myself an expert on using technology in the classroom. I’m still learning too. In fact, on some days, I think that my students know more about these tools that I do. I still don’t know how to record audio or insert video clips on Glogster, but all of them do, and I didn’t realize that you could add images on Twiducate, but the students all know how to. They took chances, they explored these tools, and they felt comfortable enough to take the risks.
Using technology in the classroom is about risk-taking. @zbpipe taught me this, and if it weren’t for Zoe, and her inspiring me to even join Twitter and start using Web 2.0 tools with my students, I never would have taken the risk. So thank you, Zoe, for encouraging me to try something new, and thank you to my entire Twitter PLN for continuing to inspire me to take more risks. Thank you to my students for sharing their learning with me too, and showing me that they can be the leader just as much as I can be, and thank you to @gcouros for reminding me about the importance of letting students lead. Thank you to my incredible teaching partners that support me as I continue to try new things, and explore these new tools with me too: I’m a lucky teacher to work with such incredible people! Finally, thank you to all of the parents, and my principal and vice principal too, for supporting me as I take these risks and believing that I really will, and always do, put children first. I’m a lucky teacher to work with all of you!
A year ago, I didn’t use any Web 2.0 tools, but thanks to my PLN (both the one on Twitter and the one in person), I can’t imagine teaching my class without these tools. This year has been one of the most incredible learning curves of my life, and I think that it peaked today! Many thanks to everyone that attended my Classroom 2.0 Live Presentation: I’ve learned so much from all of you, and I can’t thank you enough for all that you do! Today has been one of the best days ever … now there’s just the question of what comes next?