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So I started this blog post by making up my own word, “empoweration.” It’s the act of empowering others. I know the correct word is empowerment, but that didn’t give my title as much flow. Next, I watched the TedX talk, Extracurricular empowerment: Scott McLeod at TEDxDesMoines. I sent it to two of my friends because I was so inspired and told them they needed to watch it immediately. It made me think about the students in my school and how this could be any one of them featured in this video- we just need to begin teaching them the tools to be innovators and creators.

Scott McLeod at TEDxDesMoines

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Then I watched,

Martha Payne

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I was amazed by the power of sharing. I continued some research and was sad to see that she is no longer blogging about her school lunches. I was curious to see what she is up to now since this was five years ago, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information.

This weekend, I have been in Bangkok at the IB PYP ICT conference. I have had the opportunity to empower, share, and connect with many excellent educators across the Asia-Pacific region. This has by far been one of the best professional development sessions I have attended. I plan to continue sharing my learning and resources over the upcoming weeks.

I was reminded of the power of a Professional Learning Network and the active use of Twitter by so many educators. I downloaded TweetDeck on my Chromebook… and am going to try using Twitter again. I think this is my third attempt this year. I just feel discouraged by not knowing what to tweet – when in reality I don’t actually have to tweet anything as I adjust, I can just use the retweet feature.

In my course, I began a new process of connecting the ISTE Standards to our upcoming K-6 units of inquiry. I am using the standards to create my lesson plans for these units. Meeting with other educators this weekend helped me to become more familiar with this process and inspired me to get the ball rolling. Since I am creating a new role this year, I feel a little lost in trying to stay planned and making sure all of our teachers have the resources they need. Hearing the roles of the other ICT leaders in our group helped me to create a better understanding of my role. I also looked at the ISTE Standards for Coaches, which helped me a lot to realize where I need to put more priority into my work.

We talked a lot this weekend about how concepts are not bound to any one discipline; neither is ICT – it is embedded into everything we do. Transdisciplinary by design. I read the IB continuum article Teaching and Learning with Technology – Creating Community Mindsets. I did a Sentence-Phrase-Word reflection with my article.

Educators adopt or reject technologies based on a combination of their knowledge, experience, attitudes, perception of the usefulness of the tools, and the incentive they receive to use them.

I chose this sentence as a reminder. A reminder that educators will all have different reasons for their application of teaching with technology. There are many factors that play into the ability and reasons for this shift.

Why mindets matter

As the technology integration coach at my school, it’s been very helpful in setting a positive tone of learning and engagement in relation to technology. I have used strategies to help other teachers make the shift in seeing technology as a learning and teaching tool in all aspects of the curriculum, which can be used to redefine our teaching.

Vision

I chose this word because this is where it all begins when moving towards technology in the PYP – it starts with having a vision. What are your goals? The coordinator for our training suggested we watch Simon Sinek’s TedTalk on The Golden Circle. It’s about starting with the “why” by finding purpose in what you do and inspiring others.

I am excited to go back and share all of my new learning with my co-workers, as well as, take action on finding purpose in what I do and defining my role as the Technology Integration Coach. Yes, you read that correctly – I changed my position title this weekend. I decided I didn’t like the term “specialist” because it makes me think that technology should be taught in isolation. All teachers are technology teachers.