Thursday, July 1, 2010

#ISTE10: So, Now What?

Well, I'm back home. So, now what?

I've spent some of my most amazing days as an educator at #ISTE10. So, now what?

I talked to some amazing people and shared ideas about education and technology. So, now what?

I'm filled to the brim with ideas to change the education world. So, now what?

I've been inspired to look at my own practices in my classroom regarding IWB's, Tech integration and teaching in general. So, now what?

I've seen what a conference and an unconference can be. So, now what?

I know not what to do with Power Point. So, now what? (Still too soon?)

I realized that I'm not alone in the edtech world. So, now what?

It's now July and I have a couple of months before I will be able to get back to school and talk about these ideas with the powers that be. So, now what?

I'm not sure where this blog post is going to be honest. Probably going to lose a few readers for that sentence, but it needs to be said because I think it sums up where I am after the conference. I feel that there is so much to be done and I have no idea where to start. In my "Man in the Mirror" post, I stated that the change that we want has to start with yourself. I still believe that MJ's song still applies here, but I'm worried trying tackle all of these issues at once will force the situation to turn into "Beat It" or possibly "Thriller". So, now what?

After my mini freak out, I realized that it is going to be just fine. I don't have to change everyone in my district tomorrow or the next day. I don't have to rewrite all of my lessons by September. I don't need to contact every person I met and follow up with conversations we had. I don't need to reinvent my teaching style overnight. I don't need to do it all. I don't need to do it alone. So, now what?

Changing education is not an uphill battle, it's an all out war. People are on their side and will continue to fight for what they think is best for students and teachers. The battles is where the teachers can start to make a difference. The battles take place in the classrooms, the schools and the districts. If you can win those battles, we can start to win  the war. So, now what?

I need to pick my battles. I'm not sure which one those are going to be, but that's OK for now.  Take a few days and relax as you think about the battles you are going to choose. Know that we are all on the same team and will provide support for all of the battles you choose to face. If we all choose our battles carefully, we will win the war and change the educational landscape. Do you feel better? Calm? Relaxed? Have you picked your first battle? Good. So, now what?

P.S.

I've opened up my Facebook account for a limited time to connect with my new friends. I'm the Nicholas Provenzano with the ISTE Bear in my Profile picture.

- @TheNerdyTeacher