Posted on 08/20/2014 at 03:54 PM by Pam Buysman

As I pondered what to share for this blog, I happened across a Richard Byrne YouTube video entitled, Richard Byrne Talks Hot EdTech Trends. I've followed Richard Byrne's blog, Free Technology for Teachers for a number of years now, so anytime I see anything shared by him it piques my interest. Here are some things Richard shared in the video that are applicable for us as we begin a brand new school year. 

  • Don't be afraid to do a little "app smashing." All of us probably have favorite tools and apps that we use more often than others. However, sometimes to get the results we want, we might have to learn how to do a little "app smashing" and figure out ways to get apps to work together to get desired results. I could get a little philosophical here, but I'll stop there. 
  • Learn one new thing a month. We really don't have to learn everything all at once. It's hard to keep up with new technology, but if we make it a goal to learn at least one new thing, each month it really won't take long before we have a number of technology tools in our arsenal. I guess the old adage, slow and steady wins the race applies here as well. 
  • Think like a 4 year old. Don't be afraid to experiment or push the keys or the buttons. Don't be afraid to play. Chances are you won't break anything and eventually you'll find the right combination that works. 
  • Let the kids lead you. Don't be afraid to learn from your students. As the teacher you are the content specialist. You know instructional strategies. That will not change. Students may know how to use technology in ways you don't, but it is you that will be able to see the application in the classroom. Work together to make technology integration work. 
  • Don't worry about the "expiration date" on technology. You might wonder if learning anything new in technology makes sense since the shelf life of much of it doesn't last long. However, technology is evolving and new technology builds on the old. Your technology skills will often transfer, so what you've learned hasn't been in vain. 
  • Finally, stand on the shoulders of giants. This is the quote found on the Google Scholar Page. The idea mirrors the previous idea. Technology is a process and we can build on what we've learned before and from what others have shared. I'll add as well, learn from each other. Use a PLN and the resources available to learn from the "giants" in your field. 

Have a great school year and enjoy Richard's ideas in the following YouTube video. 

 

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