#edtechcc My Preliminary Task

Hello my name is Lewis.  I always talk to a lot of the students at Collegiate High School, in Blackpool, about the rapid growth of Blogs and Social Media like Twitter, and am always telling staff that we need to be using this new medium to communicate with each other but I have a confession…………. Yes I am registered on them, but I don’t actually use them, 2012 is the year that I will start to use this social media to collaborate with other educators – this brings me to the reason as to why I am writing this blog,  The Educational Technology Creative Collective.

As professionals I believe that we should all be sharing our best practice with other professionals, and with the use of the internet this can now be done on a global scale.   As we hear all the time “technology is changing so quickly that its hard to keep up” but do we change the way we deliver our lessons at the same speed to keep up with the students?

I really enjoy collaborating with fellow educators, talking about and trying new ideas, some work and some don’t, but thats the good thing about trying new things – It doesn’t always matter if it doesn’t work. As long as the good digital technologies enhances education in such a way that it outweighs the not so good digital technologies that we have tried then something is right.

I hope that Edtechcc will open our school doors to new ways to use digital technology that will enhance and inspire our young people we teach preparing them for jobs which don’t yet exist (now thats a hard task!!)

The end goal, in all this, is to be a better educator, be able to pass new ideas onto the staff at Collegiate so they can use it in lessons and to gain experience and understanding of different technologies oh and of course I do hope this is a fun experience and hope to meet a lot of people out of this.

Our school as just started to use Google + so I hope this shows that our SLT team is not a barrier against using new technologies.  This Year all our Year 7s have been equipped with an iPod touch so I am certainly in a position to give this new technology a try.

Over and out!
Lewis

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4 comments on “#edtechcc My Preliminary Task

  1. Hi Lewis

    They talk about the successful shift to using social media as change in culture and a mind set rather than a new skill. Using the software is the easy bit. A genuine commitment to sharing, communicating, collaborating and putting yourself out there is needed and it sounds a though you are well placed to use social media tools to their full advantage.

    I wonder if sometimes its easier to communicate and collaborate with people you don’t know rather than those you do who may bring baggage or other agendas with them?

    • Absolutely Joan, I could not agree more, you’ve hit the nail on the head!

      Sometimes when talking about using Social Media people automatically think “games” “chatting” no collaboration. I am hoping to get so much out of this, to talk to people that, as you said, do not carry baggage and do not bring their negative thoughts.

      I agree sometimes I get a little too enthusiastic and run away with an idea that might not be great but that’s the fantastic thing about working in education, we can try new things and move on if they don’t work.

      Thank you for my first evey blog comment!!

  2. Since starting to teach e-safety to 14/15 year olds I’ve discovered how much I can learn alongside the students about social media. It’s made me really appreciate learning together collaboratively and I’m so looking forward to participating in edtechcc with other like-minded people. I love your wordle about you – I’ve used wordle before but not to share my own interests. Have you ever tried tagxedo?

    • No I have not heard of it before, its looks really good. I love the live updates when linked up to twitter that could be extremely useful in lessons. Thank you i’m definitely going to check this out properly.

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