In this episode, Corey Knight inspires us to make a decision to step out of frustration with education technology and into expert mode. He tells us how he went from having his students stack their iPads on his desk, to learning how to teach them to use these devices to solve real problems and create solutions.
I’ve been there: Bored. Annoyed by the lack of challenge that I was feeling in my career as a teacher.
I’ve also been here: Frustrated. Struggling with the fact that all students want to do with technology is play and consume.
But, that all changed when I decided to become an expert by learning all that I could about certain pieces of educational technology. For me, it was Seesaw Learning Journal and G Suite for Education Tools, but your mind would be blown by all of the opportunities there are to become an expert in even more platforms that you and your students use each and every day.
Now you quit that… I hear that negative self-talk you’re wrestling with right now:
Well, guess what… even ‘experts’ feel like imposters, fakers, and lack the time needed to learn new things.
Trust me… I know one really well. ;)
We all have short-falls, excuses, and even more obstacles when considering all that there is to do every week, day, and minute when you’re an educator, but, the bottom line is…
When we begin to fall into daily routines that are less than stimulating, do the bare-minimum, and don’t use our full potential, that’s where either Worn-Out or Under-Challenged Burnout can creep in.
Here are some ideas on how to become an edtech expert:
Here are just a few educational technology tools that offer badges for going through training and learning how to use their tools to serve students and teach others:
You too, can become a Seesaw Ambassador!
+ so many more! If you use an edtech platform regularly, there is probably a way to become an expert and get recognized for it.
Not into badges? Not a problem. DO YOUR THING ANYWAY!
Here’s the thing… you can also bring the love of recognition by using badges into your own classroom! There are a lot of platforms out there to help you create your own badges for your students as they move through units of study, cross milestones in their learning, and master tough standards throughout the year. Simply search the term “resources for creating badges in your classroom” and BOOM! you’ll be offered many different places that can either teach you to make your own, or print some that have already been made.
You can also create your own badges for or with your students in Google Slides or Drawings and print them out or make them digital.
Become a Google Certified Educator by clicking HERE!