Teachers who podcast, Principals who blog

I’ve been a podcasting fan for as long as podcasting was around, I suppose – at least from the days of Adam Curry, referred to as the ‘podfather’ in some tech circles.

When I took up teaching, I kept saying it was time we started deepening what we teach in computer class. Instead of dwelling on the usual suspects – Powerpoint, Photoshop, Excel etc– we ought to teach kids what they might dabble in in the real world of collaboration. This included the use of analytics, and media monitoring dashboards, creating and publishing their own podcasts, and content curation, to pick a few.

So it’s been a pleasant surprise to discover that there are teachers who have taken to some of these tools –though you never see a story about it in the popular press.

There are even many principals who blog, and tweet… A few good starting points:

Related note: My school’s just getting into a content publishing platform. If there’s no podcasting feature built-in, I’ve got some tools to get started.

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Teaching Computers and Technology

Welcome to my blog about  technology in education.

I am a brand new teacher, but oddly enough, have been writing about technology in education (about tablets, higher-ed, and robotics) and have been engaged in teaching projects for a few years.

My official title is Computer Teacher, but I re-positioned my class as a Computer and Technology Lab. For good reason. Teaching Computers is not what I am after. Computers in education has to be more than the stuff about hardware, I did not want to limit my lessons to ‘tool literacy.’

Technology in education is a more about social impacts, ‘media’ literacy, digital learning applications, and asynchronous learning.

As a ‘computer and technology’ teacher, my class is more than a space where students simply come to type out reports or skim topics on a search engine. Any room with an internet-connected PC could cater to that need. I plan to teach them about magnetism, search engines, animation, podcasting, and much more. Animation is more than cool transitions in PowerPoint. Digital Story-telling is more than a bunch of slides set to a soundtrack. You get the point!

My goal is to open their world to science and technology through the portals of industrial robotics, space exploration, social media, and the humanities. In this approach –the S-T-E-M areas are broadening and are deeper than we thought two years ago, when it became the rage– the computer is just a means, not the end.

This blog is intended to be a record of that journey.