One of my favorite people to follow on social media is EdTech superstar Richard Byrne. He provides a wide myriad of useful insight, practices, and tools on his blog, Facebook, and Twitter. This post is inspired by one of his posts which he published on February 19. Before writing his post he took to Twitter to prompt his followers to reply to the following prompt, "The things I wish every teacher knew about technology..." I found the post fascinating and I hope you do too when you have the chance to check it out.
Our department has decades worth of EdTech/teaching experience and passion to share so I thought I would compile some thoughts from us too. Here are the things (in no particular order) we wish every teacher knew about teaching with technology:
Rachel Advincula, CCSD Online Learning Coordinator, @radvincula95
"Technology tools are an important part of an inclusive community that supports learning for all of your students."
Shannon Burbano, CCSD Digital Learning Coach, @stb_44
"…your students will know more than you sometimes. And that’s good! Let your students be the experts, ask for their help, and be open and willing to learn from them."
Amber Paynter, CCSD Digital Learning Coordinator, @Amber_Paynter
"Technology can transform teaching and learning! Engage, motivate, differentiate, innovate and shake things up for your students! The risk is worth the reward!"
Kris Edwards, CCSD Digital Learning Coach, @kcedwards25
"...technology can make your life as a teacher easier, from greater student engagement to proactive parent communication."
Nanci Meza, CCSD Digital Learning Coach, @NMezaTechLearn
"Technology is not an event. It’s a tool to help students access content, raise their engagement, and personalize their learning experience."
As for me (@JayVeanCCSD), I like to remind teachers that technology is not a goal or an outcome. It's there to add value to your instruction and to support classroom achievement. Continue to sharpen your perspective on this "value added" approach and you'll maximize your success with technology integration in your learning environment.
The #CCSDTech team hopes you gained some useful perspective in the post and we look forward to supporting your efforts moving forward. Please be in touch with any of us (via our request from or email) if you would like perspective and/or support. We are ALWAYS more than happy to help.