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It’s always so fun starting my tech integration course in the summer. I always see the same concentration and, at the same time, fatigue. It may seem funny to say that it’s fun to see fatigue, but I anticipate the change that is to come.

I encourage my students to try. Effort is everything when it comes to learning how to integrate technology. And there’s only so much one can do in 12 days. It’s not easy.

One of the topics that came up today was back channeling. Gretchen asked if WallWisher, which we used as a brainstorming platform, could be used for exit cards or for posting questions during class. I mentioned the back channel, which we will have a chance to look at later in the course. We will use a platform called Today’s Meet while we watch a TED video.

The beginning of the course is a little rough, because after justifying the class, letting them know that I believe it is their duty and responsibility to introduce technology in their classrooms, and introducing my spaghetti theory of technology (throw a whole bunch at them and hope something sticks), I make them do three things that can be pretty rough:

  • set up a delicious account and follow me
  • set up an RSS feed with google reader
  • start a blog on wordpress, where we are right now.

Once we get started, life is so much simpler. But for right now, on the first day of class, life can pretty much not be all that and a bag of chips…

I also was reminded about my technical language. Every core subject has its own lingo. And in this class, I tend to let them roll off my tongue without much thought. So thank you, Nicole, for reminding me that a dashboard is oh so much more than a word.

Till tomorrow…


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