I’ve been counting down the weeks and finally it’s here! I have now been blogging once a week for a year! Although technically this blog started on January 14th 2012, I didn’t start regularly blogging until May 26th 2012 when I discovered WYSIWYG blog editors.
I originally wanted to document my journey as I set out to use a iPad 2 in my teaching. But I have been amazed by how much my teaching has changed since then.
So here are some of things I discovered or tried out this year:
I experimented with a few different teacher planners,
I found out some useful apps to help me make revision resources. From crosswords to interactive quizzes that utilised pupil smart phones (both Socrative, and it’s update, and eClicker). I also showed you one of the low tech games we play (shared through Dropmark).
After using iTunes U myself, I also started creating content for my pupils to use outside of the lesson. From setting up iTunes U to finishing my first course (which quite a few pupils have already started using). I am now working with our head of ICT to set our school iTunes U area so that there is a central place to access courses created by teachers within the school. We are also hoping it will encourage more of our teachers to create courses as well.
I applied to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, and although I didn’t get it I learnt a lot about using iMovie. My department YouTube account has been gradually growing and my pupils find it a useful place to go and look at evaluation videos from previous years.
One of the most exciting things (I think) that happened was my school starting an iPad trial for a group of teachers. Since this started, I have been asked to run some inset training for fellow teachers on how I use technology in my teaching. I ran one about Socrative, which was quite popular. There are now quite a few teachers who are using it in their lessons. I was also asked to run a session for the iPad trial group showing the core apps I use, it was quite nerve racking!
So that has been my year, well not all of it just a quick overview (although writing this has made me realise that I really need to update my App Review page!). Thank you so much for being part of it (I still can’t believe that – at the point of writing this – I have 104 people following my blog), I hope you will join me for what will hopefully be another year of investigation.