Google Classroom has transformed education. While I am still a proponent of certain lessons and classroom assignments that require the use of paper and pencil, technology is moving our instruction and student learning to places I couldn’t have fathomed when I began my teaching career in 1998.
For a good laugh, here are six truths about my path to becoming a teacher and the start of my teaching career…
- In college, my instructional technology class involved: 1) how to use a VCR, 2) how to navigate an overhead projector, and 3) how to pull down and lock an overhead screen.
- I applied for my first job after reading the posting in the classified section of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. (I got it!)
- I WROTE my lesson plans in pencil in a lesson plan book. (I also decorated my plans with stickers!)
- I WROTE all of my students’ grades in pencil and used a calculator to total the grades.
- My plan book and my grade book matched.
- Buying transparencies at Staples for my instruction was a weekly occurrence.
Feel free to Google transparencies and overhead projector! I will have you know they were ESSENTIALS “back in the day!”
Fortunately, technology has grown and moved mountains since my early teaching days. I began my career word-processing my assignments on a Brother; now I can share anything I create with any teacher, anywhere in the world. INCREDIBLE! I no longer have to stand in line for a copier that jams because I have digital resources that I can assign to my students electronically. It is an exciting time in education. We need to embrace it and keep the momentum of our tech-inspired instructional path.
Because so many components of student learning and our instruction have changed, I love learning from and connecting with educators that are as excited about incorporating new strategies and technology into the classroom. As we embark on this new school year, I challenge you to tackle some new DIGITAL tasks, as well. To get you moving in an innovative direction, take a peek at these awesome blog posts, filled with technology ideas to implement in your classroom right away!