So I hit my breaking point. I had a tech-explosion where I had too much on the go, too much running ‘in beta’ and no clear vision of what I wanted.
Let me back up.
I try everything I read about, whether it’s in Twitter or Pinterest or…. Well just anything. And sometimes I dive in completely just to ‘play.’ I think this childish glee I get from trying new things really is one of the best parts of my teaching practice, but I starts to run one ragged rather quickly.
A few weeks ago I turned around and realized that in one school day I used all of the following:
- Google classroom
- Google drive
- Google forms
- Google docs
- School web
- Stick picks
- Sesame snap
- Pic collage
- A standard mark book, and
- Google sheets.
And all because I poke everything I find and want to play with all of it.
But it’s just too much to ‘do it all’ all of the time. So in planning for next year, I think I’ll use the apps that best suit the tasks and focus more on good feedback than app mechanisms. Here’s my assessment plan for 2015-16:
- Language and History: Exclusively through Google classroom
- Math – interactive notebooks on google docs, linked on my site, built daily
- Art- sesame snap (post snaps of work plus self-reflections)
- Science- still working on an idea for this…. inquiry vs traditional?
- Health – Google forms and Google Drive
So now I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, and for once it’s not the train. 🙂