Thing 1: Blogging

It’s finally 2017 and this year’s theme is innovation. I have just entered my sixth year of teaching and am so excited to see what this new year brings and how I can evolve my craft.

I should probably introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Martinez and I work for the Rochester City School District in Western New York. I am dual certified in English (7-12) and Spanish (7-12) and have had the pleasure of spending the last year and a half as part of the Virtual Academy of Rochester as an eLearning facilitator.

When I saw an email for the Cool Tools PD, I knew I definitely wanted to participate. This won’t just be helpful for my job, which relies heavily on the use of technology, but also because our students need to learn 21st Century technology skills. Bringing technology into the classroom isn’t about the bells and whistles; it’s about teaching our students how to apply skills in a purposeful way.

I am always amazed at how quickly technology evolves and how much we can do with it! Blogging gives us a chance to reflect on our own practice, as I will do here with Cool Tools Tech. It also creates a community of learners; something we want for each and every classroom. Blogging can be implemented in every discipline and brings in real-life skills. I can often be heard telling my students that “yes, there was a time when people didn’t have a smart phone glue to their hands…and yes, people survived.” Blogging doesn’t just give us an opportunity to teach the skills/content and encourage collaboration. It requires us to teach students about their digital footprint and the importance of cyber safety.

Welcome to Cool Tools Tech and enjoy the ride!