What is the purpose of this blog?

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Friday, September 12, 2008

Teaching, Technology and Keith

Well I have this strange mouthful of a job title: Academic Technology Manager so I figured I should try to explain. I come from a long line of teachers. Both my parents were high school teachers, my grandmother was a teacher. Her mother was a teacher. Over the years I have taught English in Taiwan, Social Studies in France, English Literature to gang members in Oxnard, CA and Ancient Civilizations to 6th graders in Santa Barbara and computer classes to be sure. And all along the way I've been interested in technology and its multiple uses in the classroom. From the early days of the single Mac Classic computer to the computer labs, multimedia centers, laptop carts, wireless access points, video conferencing, PowerPoint presentations, Inspiration bubbles, Skype, Blogs, Wikis and Twitter of today I've always been searching for ways to help technology help teachers and students in the classroom and beyond. It's what I love, what I'm passionate about. But I'm not a techno-nut or geek or someone who thinks technology is the end all and be all. First and foremost I'm a people person. I recognize that it's just a stupid machine. And I know how that stupid machine can frustrate us all. But I also know that if properly used technology can be a wonderful tool. Basically, I just want to show teachers all the cool things out there that they can choose or not choose to exploit. I'm not going to force anything on anyone. I just want to show you what's out there. So keep reading my blog, keep sending me ideas and pull me into your classroom to show me what you've got. Ask me questions, make suggestions, pick my brain. I'm ready...

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