In the task description for Thing 28 it says:
“Once you’ve read a few trends/issues reports, you’ll start to pick out the tech and trends that are likely to be relevant to you, your students and colleagues. With that knowledge you’ll realize that you’re really ahead of the curve and will be ready for the changes to come.”
These are the statements that kept popping into my head as I tackled this assignment. I started with Joyce Valenza’s Top 10 Tech Trends. Quite honestly, after I read that I just wanted to curl up in a ball and bury my head in my dusty paper reference books. It all seems so overwhelming. I don’t know how I would tackle any of these items in my current schedule. We still don’t have a library website where we can easily post information. App smashing, Google Classroom, and digital curation just seem unattainable while we are adding to the collection, weeding, teaching many many classes “the old way” (at the teachers request), and dealing with the 300-400 students that come to the library from lunch and study halls every day.
I pulled my head out of the books and moved on.
I started to have a glimmer of understanding when I read another article from Joyce Valenza On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew). This article was helpful to see what it is that students follow and use and gave me a more immediate sense of purpose.
My next steps are to add a few technology leadership blogs to my Feedly. I am specifically adding Dangerously Irrelevant and A Principal’s Reflections. I found both of them to have very well written informative articles that will keep me looking forward.
I also want to spend more time looking at 21 Things 4 Teachers specifically the Michigan eLibrary Screencast it’s technology tools like this that I see giving us a whole lot more time in our day to keep moving forward in our teaching instead of running on a hamster wheel (working hard but not moving forward).