My career as an educator has been full of unexpected changes and challenges, requiring me to be flexible and innovative. This is what draws me to educational technology. It demands adaption, innovation, and flexibility. It is ever-changing to fit new ideas and growth, sometimes at odds with the rest of the world. It is my hope that my chosen professional path in educational technology reflects this nature of adaption, innovation, and flexibility.
What It Is
This manifesto is my attempt to map out areas of professional knowledge and growth in the field of Educational Technology and Leadership.
What It Is Not
This manifesto is not replacement for professional certification for educators or administrators. This resource is to serve as a supplement and enrichment of my current Masters program.
This manifesto is not a stagnant document. It will grow as I grow and change as an educator and leader.
When choosing the following resources, I was very selective as to which ones were value and supported the concepts and beliefs of growing as a 21st Century educator and leader. I sought resources with valuable content presented in a concise and comprehensive manner that were also learner friendly and time-relevant.
Knowledge Base & Growth
Facilitation is any action or activity that makes tasks or goals easier for others.
Technology Implementation in Schools: Key Factors to Consider
Critical Thinking. Creativity. Communication. Collaboration.
Creative Technology Spaces
Classrooms and learning spaces are changing to fit and facilitate collaboration and to be flexible gathering areas, keeping up the the changes in 21st Century learning.
What Innovation Looks Like in an Elementary School
Classroom Redesign Presentation
As technology made its way into education, it required a shift in prior pedagogical mindsets that took into consideration its impact and place in learning and content knowledge.
What is TPACK?
Digital citizenship is the collective norms and behaviors users abide by while engaging in society, politics, etc using technology.
What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital literacy encompasses the skills and abilities to search, evaluate, analyze, share, and create content using available technologies such as the Internet, tablets, websites, etc.
No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait
Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning
Technologies change at lightning speeds, yet they find their way into classrooms. Students and teachers can struggle incorporating new technologies into current curriculums. When technologies and curriculum meld together, technology integration has occurred.
Edutopia: Technology Integration
Communication is key in learning and in life. Either verbal or nonverbal, teaching and learning often circle around and rely on communication between learners and educators to achieve learning outcomes.
The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations
Teaching Communication & Collaboration in Elementary School
Collaboration & Teamwork
Two heads are better than one, and an entire team working together toward a common goal or purpose is better than a single person, especially when the team is effective and cooperative.
Effective Teams: The Key to Transforming Schools?
Developing and growing effective teams of educators and administrators in schools is instrumental in bring and successfully implementing changes in schools. Schools with strong and cooperative teams retain more teachers, who go on to grow and engage as educators. Creating a professional environment that facilitates the nurturing of effective teams requires a few key elements such as a common purpose, trust in team members, healthy conflict, and solid leadership (from a single person or as a shared role). Effective teams helps bring professional learning to a collaborative level, where they share and learn from others, allowing for professional development to become even more meaningful.
Education has seen its fair share of shifts in its history, and now it seems to be changing faster and more often than ever. With the 21st Century learning and technology becoming entrenched in schools and society, educators and schools must adapt with the changes.
How Do You Define 21st Century Learning
Attending conferences & events
Developing and maintaining PLC
It is a collection of essential concepts and beliefs at the core of being a 21st Century educator, which will facilitate creative and collaborative thinking, keeping future growth in mind. This collection of ideas will serve as a reminder of what inspires me to continue my quest as a lifelong learner and 21st Century educator.