This a great video of the power of encouragement. Sometimes we are the only ones who are rooting for the kids. And sometimes when we do others will join in. Most time we do it, it is unlikely to be as dramatic as this or caught on video, but we can make a difference. It is good to be reminded of this often. I know I need to be reminded.
While this is not education related, I love a good Bad Lip Reading. Please do enjoy.
A little while ago, I shared a little about the SAMR model for technology integration. I found a couple cool images that kind of explain the difference.
I like how this compares it to coffee.
I like this one because it shows the degree of depth for each of the steps in the model. What I like about this idea is that it is NOT about making you feel bad for not doing tech with your students.
It is about a continuum or growth mindset that says…OK, here is where I am at today. NOW, how can I deepen my use of tech in a more meaningful way. If all you ever do is just worksheets on a computer, you need to move along. But if you are just starting out and ALL you do is a worksheet on the computer, well done. Keep growing. Keep moving forward.
- Technology can be intimidating.- There are new things all the time!
- Don’t let technology intimidate you- Sometimes I have given a site or new app to my kids and they explore and it turns out to not be what my kids need or what I want. So what? Try again, or don’t. That is a beauty of teaching.
- Keep Learning- We, teachers, are sometimes the worst students. We will sometimes give up if it is too hard or too uncomfortable. Don’t. Give it a fair chance. If it doesn’t work, tweak it or drop it. But always be a learner.
What are your experiences with tech? Is there something you used that worked well? Something that didn’t? Share your thoughts below.