I haven’t seen my husband this week. Between his Board meetings and his meetings at SAS Puxi, I’ve been a full-time mom and full-time educator – they are not mutually exclusive. So when he said to me, “Amanda? I have another meeting Thursday night? Wanna come so that I can spend some time with you?” So, here you have it – it’s my first Technology Date Night!

I attended the Learning 2.008 Planning Conference meeting after school today with my husband and Jeff to simply sit and listen. I walked out of the planning meeting three hours later knowing much more than I did going into it. I watched learn2cn on Twitter throughout the meeting talk about the presenters and finances while one of my colleagues listened in via Skype. I sat there most of the time thinking about why I sat in a car for two hours to get to the meeting!

During the breakout planning session we set up a Diigo account for all conference attendees. We decided to set up an edubloggercon wiki just for the conference as well. There was tech lingo flying everywhere and it almost felt strange being so immersed with this many people speaking the same tech language. Why aren’t schools up to this point yet? I mean, we can sit down and talk curriculum or homework guidelines like nobody’s business, but so often when tech is mentioned teachers sometimes get a glazed look over their face.

This what I have discovered though… I am starting to get that glazed look over my face when I sit down to write a post. I find myself second guessing what I am writing about and end up saving most of my writings as a draft so I can think about if I really want to publish it or not. Then I wait too long and the thought is gone! :) So, here’s my goal for next year. Immersion without being overwhelmed for all teachers. Even if they don’t have the edu-tech lingo down, they need to feel safe enough to jump in with both feet in order to use technology effectively as a tool.

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One Comment to “Knowing Your Edu-Tech Lingo”

  1. Hi Amanda,

    Ah, the pressures of blogging and wanting to say something useful. Maybe that’s why I post so infrequently. If I average a post a month, that’s a good year for me. We’re in a different position from other bloggers because we’re in the Pied Piper role. We’re charged with leading the teachers on the edu-tech fence and those burrowed in their comfortable approaches to teaching into new and often unreliable approaches to their curriculum. Our enthusiasm for blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 tools can only carry us so far. I often find it hard to keep my tech-lingo in check when discussing possible projects with teachers. This year I found that when I showed teachers a sample of the end product and got them to create one themselves, it gave them more control and huge boost of confidence.