When reading through Resonate and how to create an effective presentation, I was reflecting on presentations that have energized me and those that I felt wasted my time. I thought about the ten convocations over the years, and how it is such an incredible opportunity for the district to encourage and motivate teachers’ at the most crucial moment of the year. But typically I leave the convocation wishing I could have that hour back to put towards planning. The first year teaching, however, the district hired a speaker, and I don’t really remember what was said, but I remember how I felt. I felt excited and empowered because of the speech resonated with me. It brought all the reasons why teach to light, and excluded all the negatives.
The case studies of change and impact show how integrating the use of ICT (information and Communication Technologies) students were led to collaborating, which led to teachers changing the ways they taught to allow students to learn independently (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, n.d.). I believe the idea that educators are changing their teaching techniques and the way that they educate is exciting. Educators should be growing and changing with gains and advancements of technology. Another example of evolving of technology is at an Italian school where a teacher began pinning student’s ideas on a board. This organically expanded to creating a website for students to share their responses, not just with the school but the world. This is a powerful use of technology because the technology was not being forced upon the teacher, but the teacher found a purposeful use of technology to empower students learning.
The passion and hard work of the team that assisted in developing programs to assist and encourage students in Filipinos are inspiring (UNESCO Bangkok, 2009). This was an enormous task that was undertaken to provide more educational opportunities to students. It is evident that by breaking this huge undertaking into five components they could address foreseen obstacles to bring the goal to completion. I believe getting the community involved was an important piece. Providing the community with information about the program was essential to get students involved. This is an example of how education through technology can bridge the gap between all ages and diverse students in an effective and more affordable way.