I am not a lifelong educator. I am an adamant lover of learning in all forms, and this passion is what I believe led me to become a teacher, well that and summers off! I began my career post bachelors degree in a large Fortune 50 company and had the opportunity to work in several different functions within the company, the majority of it spent in business development. One of my biggest frustrations while working there was our constant shifting focus to chase the next initiative (or trend) being thrown at us. I felt like I never had time to master one thing or reach my goals before it was time to move on to something new. I (wrongly!) assumed I would be leaving that behind when I left and went into education. I now know that change is constant and priorities are a moving target no matter what industry you work in.
I would like to believe that through maturity and experience I have learned that it is important to be intentional and mindful about adaptation and incorporation when we are presented with new directives or ideas. It is through this lens that I am trying to view the upcoming trends in education technology. All of them are incredibly exciting, possibly revolutionary, and inform some of the decisions I will make about my classroom and my pedagogy. I, however, immediately jump to... "How can I do that?" "What would that look like in my classroom?" "Oh my gosh, this is SO COOL, I am going to start tomorrow, my students will love it." To help protect my students from the anxiety and frustration I used to feel when something new was given to me on a daily basis, I will be thoughtful and mindful about how I could see the following trends being incorporated into my 5th grade classroom:
It is exciting to be an educator at this point in time, we are on the brink of some amazing changes and advances in education. I am especially excited for the future generation of students who will be pioneers in the new education frontier.
The New Media Consortium. (2016). NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > K-12 Edition. Retrieved from https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-cosn-horizon-report-2016-k-12-edition/