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FCS Technology Professional Development Pt1: Technology Saves

This is part of a FCS Technology Professional Development Four-Part Series:

Technology Saves
Which Site is Right?
How I Use My Class Website
How to Use a Website If You Hate Websites

All teachers are busy, but this month has been especially so for me. In addition to forever trying to be a better teacher, I am coaching speech, training for my first bout, and nurturing my new marriage. When Bryn asked me to share my class website at Professional Development I knew my plate was too full.  But she assured me it was just a show-and-tell.

Well, things happen. My prep yesterday was eaten up with PD and meetings. I had speech kids in my classroom until 6:30 when I promised my husband I would be home by 7:00 (um… 45 min commute.) I’m trying to figure out how to do a yeast bread lab with a substitute teacher, I have groceries to purchase, and I have speech kids scheduled at 7:30 in the morning. And I wanted to have some kind of outline for FCS PD to follow.

I decided it was selfish to pray for a snow day. God heard me anyway and answered my prayers! I woke up this morning at 4:45. My husband checked the cancellations page on KCRG and said no schools were delayed so I went about my morning routine. When I got out of the shower MrPins said I got a text message.  When I read we had a cancellation I shouted, “THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!” (and then apologized to my husband 🙂 ) I whooped and hollered all over the apartment, started writing to-do lists and cleared my kitchen table. I emptied my backpack, powered up the laptop, and filled the coffee mug. This day was NOT going to be wasted.

Only to find… My power cord is broken.  My laptop will not charge. Sure, I could check papers, but how could I record the grades? How could I work on my class website? How could I register my students for WAMAC speech? HOW COULD I WASTE THIS SNOW DAY?!

And THAT, fellow teachers, is why we have class websites.  It is why we use GoogleDrive. It’s why you spent so long planning for a sub so you could be at professional development today. Because while technology is scary, and annoying, and makes us pull our hair out, the work is worth it in the long run.

I powered up the old desktop and got to work. I can access all of my files from my home computer. I can also share files with students, special education teachers, and other FCS teachers.

Learning to use technology is not a waste of time. Someday, it will save you time. And sanity.  And who couldn’t use more of that?

This is not the aforementioned outline- It’s just a pep talk. Let’s begin!

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