Posted May 20, 2011 by Mike Mathews
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(As part of my continuing formal education I am taking a technology in education class.  That is the reason I returned to this blog after I chickened out last summer.  The following is posted as an assignment in this class.)

When I consider technology use in my school and classroom, I am not doing nearly what I want to in this area.  I do use some technology, but not in a way that really makes a difference.  When I use a SmartBoard, it doesn’t go much beyond what I do with a regular whiteboard.  I am definitely not afraid of technology, in my personal life I use tons of technology.  I’m just not very creative.  I don’t come up with new and better ways of doing things, if someone can tell me specifically how to improove my use of technology  in the classroom, I know I could implement it well.

When I compare myself to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards NETS for teachers, I realize mine is a long way from the ideally integrated classroom.  At the same time I am encouraged because some of these things I already emphasize, if not in the most technologically rich way.  For example, Standard 1 for teachers says, “Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity.”  This is an important theme in my classroom already, so as I pick up more technology it will be for this reason.   Also, thanks to my good friends in the blogosphere and Twitterverse, I can claim some success at engaging in professional growth (standard 6).

I am excited to take a class on technology (I don’t say that about all the classes I take) because this is something I have been interested in for a long time.  I know more technology is needed in my class and school, I need some help in making it happen.  I hope that through the readings and especially the discussions with my awesome cohort members I can really start to transform my teaching.

If any of you, dear reader, can give some advice on how to begin implementing more tech in the classroom I would love the feedback.  Or if you want to share something you use tech for in your teaching or learning, I’d love to hear it.  If you don’t have any clue about classroom use of technology but want to share your favorite new technology and how you use it, please do so in the comments.

What am I doing here?

Posted May 18, 2011 by Mike Mathews
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(This post was started last summer.  I never published it.  I decided it really is time to put some of my thoughts out there.  I really don’t like writing out what’s going through my head, so please bear with me.)

So, I decided to start a blog, again.  This will be my 3rd 4th attempt.  My first was politically themed, I don’t know or care if it still exists.  I was thinking a lot more about politics then.  The second was just an occasional cameo for my good friend @garyspear over at I Am and Me.  His is a blog about spiritual things.  I still think about spiritual things, just never was very good at blogging them (Sorry G, but you’re doing fine without me).

Who am I and why should anyone read my blog?

I am Mike Mathews, a follower of Jesus, devoted husband, father of 3 beautiful children (each one so different from the others it is remarkable), 6th grade math teacher and a basketball coach.  I’m many other things, too, some of which may come out in my ramblings here.

The main thing for this blog is the math teacher part.  I want to embrace the technology of the day.  I want to get some of my thoughts out of my head.  I want to ask questions and get feedback.  I want to share my successes and failures.  I want to be a better teacher.