I can’t believe pre-planning starts tomorrow. It feels like just yesterday I left school in May with the usual box of books which I plan to read over the summer (but usually don’t). I’ve been on two vacations and spent a good part of the summer working part-time in the Assessment Office, which is probably why it feels like it went by so fast.
With the unexpected departure of our former principal, and the recent hiring of a new principal, the future of instructional technology at our school isn’t really clear. I’m quite confident in my skills and abilities, but I eagerly await the administration’s decisions on what technology we will (or will not) be focusing on this year. I’ve also been told by our new leader that he is eager to meet with me and hear my thoughts and opinions, which I take at face value as an encouraging measure of openness.
Over the summer, I’ve been dropping in on #badgechatk12 and learning more about “credentialed learning,” a.k.a. issuing badges and certificates. As a proud gamer who will do just about anything for the next rank or achievement, this concept really resonates with me. I’ve been working on a semi-secret plan to turn the school’s technology staff development into a system of badges and points. While it’s still just an outline, and much work remains to be done, I am cautiously optimistic that this might be a positive change that will help energize our staff around technology. The recent influx of a large number of new teachers, many of whom seemed eager to embrace technology, will only help.
So here’s to our upcoming planning week. May it provide us with an awesome new direction.