It was growing up with two parents providing my brother and I with the latest electronic games that spawned my interest in technology. I remember my father surprising us one day in September 1977, when Atari first came out, walking in the house eagerly carrying the Atari game console along with many game cartridges piled on top.
In high school, my penchant for technology in education was already starting to show with my enrollment in a data processing course. In college, I made use of all technology available at NIU at the time; it was the late ’80s so it wasn’t readily available but I got as much exposure as I could . . I was a media center frequent flyer, being sure to type every single one of my papers, even if it wasn’t required. Later, at home, as a wife and mom, we always stocked our home with the latest computer model and learned how to use the latest devices.
When District 211 transitioned to 1:1 iPad use in the classroom, I eagerly jumped on board during the pilot year and have been learning ever since of the best practices to engage students and make best use of the technology at our fingertips. It’s an inherent interest of mine! I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences here for colleagues, students and parents to peruse. Feel free to reach out via email with any comments, suggestions or questions. I’d enjoy the conversation.
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ~John Dewey