I've been offered a job as Educational Technology Coordinator with Butte County Office of Education. I'll be helping fourteen districts move forward in various ways with their technology integration. It's a Visiting Educator position, with a contract that ends in June of 2015, and they pay me through Antioch Unified, so I'm not really leaving on paper - it's just a Leave of Absence. But I am leaving.
I've been looking to get out of the classroom for a couple years now for multiple reasons:
- We're at this crazy time in education where existing teachers need help learning to communicate differently than they have been for years because of the amazing advances in technology. I happen to have skills in that area.
- I can help more students indirectly if I teach teachers.
- Our students at AHS now seem to have more social/emotional needs than curricular needs and I no longer have the energy to fill that role with the level of quality that I feel it requires. (Read as: I'm getting old.)
- Use the Help link. I do all the time.
- Join and use Twitter. It's the best professional development you'll ever get. Here's why and how.
- No tech is the magic bullet. YOU are the magic bullet and always have been.
- Use tech that allows you to collaborate: cloud services, shared calendars, etc. We don't need to do any of this by ourselves anymore.
- Publish. Art, writing, curriculum, whatever... post it somewhere. Others will learn from you and you'll grow as a communicator. I promise.
- Use the Help link. It's so important, I thought I'd remind you.