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Monday, January 3, 2011

My first entry

I'm set to return after two weeks of Christmas break.  I've needed the break but am anxious to return to school to see the students, the teachers, the office staff and the vice principals.  I feel lucky to be placed at Frank Hurt and LOVE the school and my job!  I feel that I have learned so much in the last few months but that I have lots more to learn about being a leader.  I'm trying out Twitter and now a blog - never thought that I would do that since I used to be so afraid of technology and the way it consumed my time as a vice principal (with fights and bullying starting from student encounters on facebook, etc.).  This year, my eyes have opened to the positive possibilities of technology use.  I'm thankful to some of the teachers in my school for this - they use technology so effortlessly and use it to improve the learning in their classrooms and across the school.  I've also been enjoying Alan November's Web Literacy for Educators. I truly feel that if we don't help our students by modelling the use of technology to advance our own learning and to show the positive ways it can help us to interact, it is almost a matter of malpractice!  We have to help our students navigate through the search engines, the social networks, etc.  It's possible that we may encounter some tweets, posts, searches, etc. that have inappropriate material, but I've decided that if I live in fear of getting some kind of inappropriate message then I'm not going to learn!  So, in the words of Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."   HERE I GO!

7 comments:

  1. Hey Gloria:
    Congratulations on jumping right into tweeting and blogging. Kids need to see the grown ups using the incredible power of technology for constructive ends and not just as something we take away from them and try and control.
    Looking forward to your adventures.
    Cheers,
    - Josie
    http://www.pdscompasspoint.com/

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Josie. I was really nervous about this at first, but now I'm pretty excited. Gloria

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  3. Fabulous post. It's so great to work with you and your school. I think the learning can be infectious if we all keep modelling, trying and collaborating. Thanks for taking risks and opening up great conversations.
    Julia

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  4. Thanks, Julia! You have helped me out a lot and I appreciate your assistance. I'm interested in learning about using this to expand my learning.

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  5. This is awesome!! I am going to keep reading!! Thanks for adding my blog to your list :-)

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  6. I'm really impressed with the steps with you've taken in using technology as part of your practice this year. Well done on getting started blogging. Looking forward to more posts.

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  7. Thanks for the encouragement, Blair and Paula! Let's hope I can keep it going.

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