Sunday, November 30, 2008

How it all began

I was accepted to be part of my school's T.A.B.L.E.T. project (I don't remember what the acronym stands for... need to look it up) for the 2007 - 08 school year. As part of the project, I was given a Tablet PC and wireless projector to use for my classroom. For my part, I agreed to go to monthly meetings, participate on a moodle with weekly assignments, and present a project at the end of the year.

I've always enjoyed using computers, but that was the beginning of it all for me. As a freshman in college my friends and I discovered a computer application called Telnet. Through that, we could connect to a site called isca (Iowa Students Computer Association. . . I think) and chat with other people (mostly students) around the world. I made friends in New York, Colorado, and Canada. We thought it was pretty cool and would sit at the computer lab (because not too many people had their own computers) until the wee hours of the night chatting. After graduating from college, I bought my own desktop to use for my school work. Nothing fancy, and the only thing I used it for was word processing (worksheets and tests and such) and excel spreadsheets (for grades).

It wasn't until my third year of teaching that I had a computer (and printer) at my desk. Just to think about how far we've come in the last 8 years is amazing! At this point, most of the teachers at my school have a laptop (or tablet) that we carry around with us. There's a wireless projector in every room (which reminds me - I need to check with our tech guy about mine... I can't hardwire to it!). Using the web as a classroom tool, though, is just starting to spread. I'm going to try and use this blog to show my journey through web 2.0.

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