Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Being Connected Means with Karen Balbier

On today's episode, I chat with Karen Balbier about being a connected educator and what that means beyond Twitter.

I didn't grow up with a keyboard in my hand. I actually bought my first computer when I was in college. At that time, I only knew how to turn it on, type a research paper, and go to the University's Website to check email. I didn't have internet at home and only accessed it when I was at school.

The value of technology didn't dawn on me until I became a classroom teacher. I began to participate in Technology Learning Month in our District. Each year, I learned more effective ways to reach my students. They loved using technology in the classroom.

Most people say I'm a very patient teacher. My patience in working with tech newbies comes from personal experience. That scared feeling turns into excitement when you just let go to click and learn. I spent 6 years in the classroom teaching 4th Grade and 1/2 a year as a technology integration teacher for K-5. I've been an Instructional Technology Specialist with EPISD since 2009.

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