This year I will be the technology coach at BCES. I am currently being supported in this position by taking a 20 hour course with iTeach Professional Learning course, TIMT 130: TIM for Instructional Planning. After completing week 1, I believe that the TIM’s approach really hones in on the pedagogy that I myself admire. We, as teachers, are not just handing over student’s devices during our integration of technology (a free for all approach), instead we use a process and thinking that technology is present to support learning efforts in many ways. Any tool can be misused or not used to its fullest potential. The TIM model helps guide our efforts and helps us to visualize an execution plan that can be tailored based off the needs of the teachers and the students. I might ask myself the question, “Will my lesson be more of modeling lesson “more” teacher control or collaboration, what is the need?” Or will my students need lots of access and opportunity to create a presentation reaching out to the community to organize a project? Maybe even needing to utilize technology in a more unconventional way?” Using this model fluently will help us as teachers reach a variety of learners, teaching them more about ways to think as well as content. Raj Dhingra says it best in his Can Technology Change Education TED TALK, “Students can be learning masters. Move away from being content masters.” We are teaching “thinking”. It is imperative to provide opportunities for students to learn anything at anytime and be able to evolve in order to be successful in the future.
- Dhingra, R. (2012, November 21). Can Technology Change Education? Yes! .Tedx Talks. Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsT0YIqwnpJCM-mx7-gSA4Q (Links to an external site.)
- Welsh, J. (n.d.) TIM Introduction. Florida Center for Instructional Technology(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., College of Education, University of South Florida. . Retrieved from http://fcit.usf.edu/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.