1. I’m techy enough.
I’m naked without my pen and journal – the kind with real ink and paper – but I’m not a Luddite. Leveraging tech helps me track multiple projects to completion and prep the next big idea. If you want to be techy with me, we could be an unstoppable productive, creative team!
2. I’m an intrinsically motivated learner.
If there is a skill that can improve my ability to teach, I’ll invest the time (and money) to learn it! When I started video editing, it was driven by my idea to make grammar lessons more engaging and entertaining. I started with free apps and a cell phone camera. I’ve invested in a lot more equipment and software over the years as well as time learning new skills. I plan to continue to develop as a public speaker and media producer.
3. I’m a content creator.
Add reason 1 and 2, and it equals reason 3. The combination of my techiness and self-taught skill sets allows me to develop cost-effective and professional quality materials, resources, and presentations. I want to continue to develop as a content creator and publish professional quality media for students and teachers.
1. I’m needy.
I want to feel included like I’m making significant contributions to your team’s goals and vision. Some might say I need constant approval. I’d say that’s a little harsh (and a little true). As a member of a team, it’s important for me to know what’s going on and know I can depend on you for feedback to help me grow. Positive. Negative. Neutral. If I’m working for you or with you, I need your feedback about my work. Don’t leave me hanging otherwise I’ll burden myself with paranoia. Saying nothing is worse than saying, “This is crap. Get it out of my face.” An email, direct/private message, or even a text will do.
2. I take risks.
Especially when it comes to the classroom, I think a certain amount of risk is essential to find those break-through, light-bulb moments. Educators take risks when choosing a delivery method, text, or instructional strategy. And they need to experiment daily. Experimenting is more fun and more professional too! Following a textbook’s step-by-step breakdown doesn’t allow me to embrace all that fancy knowledge gained from my education course work in curriculum design. So please don’t subject me to a script. I’m way too jazz and not a marching band-type.
3. I’m a tech-snob.
I prefer to use tech that works for me; not tech that requires me to do extra work. There is a lot of tech geared toward education, and a lot of it is poorly executed, rarely updated, and slow. I’ll stick to the apps and devices that consistently work – Google Apps, Evernote, YouTube, WordPress – and save myself the frustration of tinkering to get the trendy tech to work half as seamless as my favorite apps. Time spent trying to get some “safe” alternative to YouTube to work half as well as YouTube is counter-productive and usually not nearly as dependable. Yeah, Moodle 2.0 is great, but I’ll always choose WordPress over it and get more done with less frustration.