While it may feel a little late for resolutions, today's post is one I promised to do when I reached the halfway point in my year. I began the schoolyear sharing a list of tech goals for the year ahead. Today we'll see where I've succeeded, fallen short, or given up completely. Then, check the section entitled "Round Two" to see where I plan to go from here.
Goal #1: Going Deeper with Kindle Fires
My goal was to find ways for kids to produce content and use our classroom technology within a lesson as part of learning rather than as an independent experience or as isolated practice. I thought this might include creating a google doc, accessing websites on their own, utilizing google maps, or recording themselves saying their Bible memory.
Goal #2: Clean Screens
My goal was to clean the kindles more regularly - not only to reduce smudges on the screen, but also to keep kids from transferring germs by using the devices.
Goal #3: Green Screens
My goal was to find ways to use the green screen in my classroom.
Goal #4: A Kahoot a Week
My goal was to use a Kahoot at least once a week with my class.
Goal #5: Coding 2.0
My goal was to introduce and incorporate coding into our schoolyear.
Goal #6: Student Photographers
My goal was to have students regularly capture images and videos as a part of instruction.
Goal #7: Making the Most of My Chromecast
My goal was to make the most of my Chromecast. This would include playing games, streaming, and projecting my kindles instead of showing kids the actual device.
I look at the list above and almost laugh.
Oh, hopeful summer Brandon, such big dreams...
Frenzied winter Brandon wonders how this list could have gotten so long...
With the first semester and its successes and failures behind me, I think it would be best to pare down the list above to see what my next steps should be. Here is what I'm hoping to accomplish before summer:
When the schoolyear began, I was looking for a few things. Here is what I've found so far:
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