Coach teachers in and model engagement of students in local and global interdisciplinary units in which technology helps students assume professional roles, research real-world problems, collaborate with others, and produce products that are meaningful and useful to a wide audience.
Being a classroom teacher I have had many opportunities to model engagement of students in local and global units utilizing technology as a means to collaborate and create meaningfully. Over the past two years one of my goals has been to take advantage of more opportunities for this to happen in my classroom. I have done so by having students create meaningful and useful products such as infographics, magazines, videos, and website portfolios.
One specific project that stands out is my work to redefine the writing process by utilizing digital instruction, which I reflect on in my blog post Redefining the Writing Process through Digital Instruction. A summary of what I learned can be seen in the following mind maps.
I have also worked to broaden my local and global relationships by increasing my social media presence, becoming acquainted with Twitter, Google+, Google Sites, and WordPress. I have enjoyed that these sites have allowed me to connect with other educational technology professionals.