An EdTech Guy's Prayer


When I first read Dean Shareski's blog entry, I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore, I had to laugh a bit. After all, haven't many of us come to the similar realization? But a part of me holds back.

I can honestly say that Dean's early path, as he describes it below, is not that different from my own. I started teaching in January, 1990 at a private Catholic school. I was already using technology with my students at that point...after all, I'd been using tech since high school in 1983 (gee, 13-14 years old?).
Beginning in the late 1990s, I became an early adopter. It was at this point I began to use computers and cameras, specifically in my classroom. This is when I began to see technology as magic. Doing things I was not previously able to do. At that time, interfaces were clunky, hardware was slow and unreliable and so it was only those that saw the magic and potential that preserved and learned. That enthusiasm allowed me opportunities to share and eventually take a leadership role in my district. 
In the 1990s, I bought my first gradebook program for $8 from another teacher who lived, what a shock, a neighborhood or two away from where I was. How did I find the gradebook? Via an electronic bulletin board service (BBS). That gradebook worked great, and I used to keep track of three groups of students when I worked in Cotulla, Tx. I still remember the magic of BBSs and that never stopped.

In time, I rose to the height of director of technology. I continue to see that role as one of responsibility, of making things happen when they need to. No surprise that I was awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen award. Now, that award like others are stacked somewhere in my home office collecting dust. They were a byproduct of the learning edtech excitement made possible.

When I think about my journey, the excitement of learning about new technologies, writing about them and sharing with others is where it's at for me. I am genuinely excited to ask questions and learn new things. That's why I started blogging in the first place...as a way to process new ideas and technologies were a part of that learning. There may be some time when I step off, but I still get a sense of wonder to share ideas with others.

A sense of wonder. God, I pray I never lose it. My hands have flowed over the keyboard for 38 years and the words still flow. It may be that how we understand teaching, learning and technology's role has changed. It may be that the jobs that arose around helping others understand how all that fit together have morphed or disappeared into other jobs. But the sense of wonder remains, of how technology can bring us together in ways not possible. It may be commonplace now, but sometimes, it's the commonplace that can yield the greatest insights.

It's when you think you know everything that you're due for transformational change.


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