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The easy answer to the question in my title is “Me!” I’m a technophyte, at least I was and in many ways I will always be a technophyte, but let me try to explain.

I first began this blog ten years ago after reading / connecting and being inspired by an amazing educator (Shelley Wright’s Wright’s Room). I was engaged and active on Twitter and I was absolutely recharged — ready to begin my neophyte journey in the #EdTech community. So, you’ll see that my English teacher brain just combined the idea of education technology and being a neophyte to come up with my own term “technophyte”.

So, flash forward ten years – I’ve been part of two Google Summits, presented at #TVLitCon and eLearning conferences (On the Rise K-12 aka OTRK12), and I’ve spent lots of time on Twitter and I’m no longer a technophyte. I am definitely still learning and growing, and loving every second of it — even when it’s hard! The journey has been filled with lots of challenges and I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but I’m most definitely here to stay. #technophyte #edTech #TLAP


One month ago if you’d told me that I’d be blogging, tweeting on Twitter, and offering to teach others (parents and colleagues) how to do it, I’d have told you you were crazy. But, that’s exactly where I am now and I couldn’t be happier.

On Thursday, @joe_bower from my PLN shared a “How To: Twitter for Educators”. I immediately jumped onto my Board’s email client and shared the link. What followed next was the surprising part for me — I offered to teach anyone who was interested in learning how to use Twitter, how to tweet. I even left detailed instructions on how to access my Diigo bookmarks and then to find my Twitter lists so they could explore on their own if they preferred. Now, as of today, no one has taken me up on my offer, but it is the week before our March Break and I have been quite zealous in what I share with my colleagues so who knows.

The second part of my offer went to my principal when Technology Night for Parents was shared by my PLN and I immediately saw the value of the idea for my own school. Not only did I offer to teach a night or two, I offered to establish this initiative and maintain it (because I don’t already wear enough hats in the building) because it’s a great idea. A great idea that will benefit parents, the community and ultimately our school and our kids. What’s not to love?

So, if you’re thinking that Twitter might be a good thing to explore, but you’re worried about jumping into something new at a time of the year when you may not have a lot of energy left to spare, my recommendation to you is to just do it. Twitter, blogging and my ever expanding PLN have re-inspired me and helped me find my excitement once more and nothing is more energizing than that.

So, give yourself a chance and try it. Who knows, you may just end up like me and love it!

Oh, and if you want a semi-fluent tutor — I’m game. We can Skype and I’ll talk you through it!

I realized something today, less than five minutes ago really. I was watching this really incredible video from PBS about 21st Century Learners and I realized that I was hungry. (I haven’t figured out to embed the video into the post so here’s the link PBS – Digital Media – New Learners in the 21st Century)

I’m hungry. No, not for food, but for innovation and real change in my world and I haven’t felt like this since I was a new teacher. I’ve always been willing to try new things if they were good for my kids, but the more I watch, experience, learn — the more I want to be part of that change. I’m excited about teaching again! And, I have one blog post (Wright’s Room) shared by an incredible colleague (@technolit), my PLN and Twitter to thank for pointing me in this direction. Who’d have thought that February 1st would mark such a profound change for me?

I want to ‘flip’ my classroom! I want to turn all of my classes into passion-driven classes with project based learning. I want my kids to really learn and to take responsibility for their learning. (I didn’t realize I was already doing this in one of my classes; I just knew that it was good and that kids walked out learning real stuff that they will use in their lives.) I want to share with my friends and colleagues. I want to teach! I want to learn!

Woosh! Having said that, I think I’m going to take a minute to catch my breath and then jump back into the pool. I guess my point for writing this post — to say thank you. Twenty six days ago I loved what I do, but today, I still love what I do, but I’m excited to do what I do. I’m hungry to learn more, to share more, to create more. Everyone else who is passionate about their work will get that and those of you who don’t, give yourself the opportunity to be excited about what you do. If you aren’t excited — then why do it?

So, again, thank you.

Well, it’s been a little over two weeks since I was inspired to begin my journey of becoming a 21st century educator and I couldn’t be happier. In a time period that’s been filled with challenges and triumphs, I feel like I’m light years ahead of where I was just fourteen short days ago. How can that truly be possible?

Fourteen days ago, I decided that I would learn how to use Twitter. I began following about fourteen people; I’m now up to 45 and I’m following a list as well. Seven days ago I inspired another teacher to get into Twitter and began teaching him how it worked. Yesterday, I entered a contest for my classroom using Twitter (I submitted four entries / tweets!) and today, well today I emailed my principal and asked him if we could explore a Twitter account for my school after reading Brendan Schneider’s HOWTO: Start Using Twitter For Your School. One paragraph into that email and I had volunteered to set up the school’s Twitter account, to teach other staff how to use Twitter, and to take responsibility for the school’s Twitter account (running all school posts by him or another admin first). I went on to explain how I felt it would be an appropriate, timely, and innovative way of reaching out to our parents and our community.

How, or rather when, did I stop being a Twitter neophyte and instead become confident enough in my brand new skill that I volunteered to teach other people or represent my school? I really don’t know when it happened, but I do know that all of the incredible information and support I’ve received from people I don’t even know has given me the courage to put it out there.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you to the Twitterverse and for all of the incredible educators out there who share and support newbies like me.

So, my next challenge (not that I even remotely know everything there is to know about Twitter), do I explore the new Google site I’m creating or continue participating in the three wikis I’ve joined or maybe I will find another blog or five to add to the twelve I’ve already got in my reader or….and the list goes on.

Two weeks ago I was afraid of learning about one thing and instead I’ve learned about multiple things and there is no looking back. Look out 21st century, here I come!