Year of the Teacher Blog: Christine Mueller

Cooking up positive changes with new thinking

By Christine Mueller
I was never what you might call an “early adopter” of technology. I had to be forced to use a smartphone and didn’t join social media of any kind until 2015. But recently, I joined a team of educators employed to introduce teachers to the newest technologies and how to use these new tools in the classroom. Now I have to be more than just an early adopter, I have to be an active researcher, creator, and consumer of technology. And let me tell you, it is a total education game changer!
As we begin this new school year, it may be time for us all to consider becoming “early adopters” or at least try just one new tool. Many teachers find the thought of using digital devices in the classroom scary. Be not afraid! Using technology is a lot like using a recipe for the first time. It will take a bit of preparation and a little bit of practice, but soon you will be able to do it by memory and even modify the recipe yourself!
I now realize my self doubts, not access, kept me from fully embracing technology in my classroom. As we transition from traditional styles of education to modern and interactive ones, we have to let our fears and doubts fall away. We are the true agents of education change, and our students require and deserve equal access to a rich, interactive, and rigorous education.

What an exciting time to be a teacher! With the tools and resources available, students can explore and drive their learning in ways like never before. For teachers, valuable time can be saved using lessons and curriculum already created through online sharing sites like SMART Learning Suite, Nearpod, Hoonuit, and many, many more. Teachers can also take advantage of the services their school districts may offer and what is very often free online for educators. You may even be the next great creator of a fantastic new digital resource!
Christine Mueller, Educational Technology Specialist, Oklahoma City Public Schools, a 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalist.

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Last updated on September 4, 2018