I do want to point out before getting into the list that these are in no particular order and one of them is not more important than the other. Some of these are personal opinion, while some of these are from personal experience. However, all ten are very true to the successful integration of technology in the classroom.
1.) So much of the technology integration that I am sharing was available while I was teaching, I just did not have anyone to show it to me.
2.) With what I know now, I am intrigued with the idea of going back to the classroom to use the technology to improve my lessons and activities and engage my students more in class.
3.) It is still, and will truly never be about the technology; it is about the teacher who uses the technology and how they use the technology.
4.) Possibilities for integrating technology across the curriculum are endless for those teachers that are willing to learn. Technology is the one true resource that is not biased to a certain subject matter.
5.) Twitter is a great method of Professional Development for educators and should be encouraged by teacher education programs and school administrators. We expect students to be lifelong learners, but then don't expect it of ourselves.
6.) It is good practice to use the tools that you are sharing with the staff during meetings and professional development so that they can see the tool and resource in action. It is also good for them to see it not always go right when you are using it and how you adapt to a "problem."
7.) You don't have to be a technology integration specialist or a technology resource teacher to share technology with your staff. You just have to be a teacher who is willing to share personal experiences with integrating technology in the classroom.
8.) Blogging (both writing and reading) provides a way to share, discuss, and reflect on experiences as a teacher. It has been a great experience in my position, especially receiving feedback and learning the powerful uses of RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
9.) Ups and downs that come with technology integration are no different than any other ups and downs that one might experience while teaching and working in education. The Internet will always be down at some point....but so might the copier that you need for those copies.
10.) Technology integration offers more opportunities and possibilities for communicating with students and parents....especially outside the classroom.
So what is keeping you from having the same eye opening experience I have had in the past year?