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It’s coming as a new initiative for us.
Day One at #GATATL June 26, 2014
I’ve been in some trainings recently, getting acclimated to the LMS coming to my district. Do I like it over Google’s Classroom? As a recent graduate of the Google Teacher Academy (#GTAATL) and now sporting a shiny new endorsement, Google Certified Teacher, one would think I would be a holdout. Yes, I wish we had gone with Google’s Classroom, but alas, even though we are a GAFE district, we chose a different program, ItsLearning.
I will not lie–I was disappointed we opted for this one over Google’s Classroom, especially after my introduction and exposure through my Google Teacher Academy experience this summer. Each day as I become more acclimated to ItsLearning, I become a fan, an enthusiastic one. I’m sure this is true with any LMS, but I really think this has potential to be a panacea for teachers and their ownership of technology learning. I’m sure the scale of implementation will be appropriate to the levels of technology comfort our teachers have, and I can say that since I am tapped as a trainer in my district.
My initial worry with the plan for implementation is that teachers would approach it like many other initiatives we are introduced to each “back to school” fiscal year:
- This too shall pass….
- Same thing, new name. (Beat it to fit, paint it to match mentality)
Do those reactions ring true for anyone else? I must confess I have muttered these sayings myself over the years. Where was my inner “team player” thinking cap?
But this time I’m very excited about our new initiative. I can envision a bright future using this LMS. I don’t think it will magically cure all that ails teachers, especially with their adoption of seamlessly integrated technology in the classroom. But I do think we are definitely on the right track. I realize there will be some who get on the bandwagon immediately, and these will serve as models to others. There will be those who will adopt, but not without a lot of support. And there will be those who need a lot of side-by-side “thinking out loud” and brainstorming to wrap their minds around using it. What really makes me happy is that our students will be using a program K-12, and for the first time, I feel teachers will look forward to newer technologies I share.
Okay, so maybe panacea is too strong a description of the impact ItsLearning might have. I do feel it will help us turn the corner to more authentic use of technology in our schools. I hope as a district trainer, I can be instrumental in casting the vision for this LMS and its use/impact in my district. So for now it IS the panacea we need.
What’s your panacea? Inquiring minds want to know.