Now that I have put together my GAME plan, I need to figure out what it is going to take to get my GAME plan ready to implement. My co-workers play a vital role in my success as a teacher. I have many days where I pick their brain for ideas regarding many different aspects of my class. They are always willing to help me out and give me ideas. Teaching technology, which is considered a specials area, I work closely with the art teacher who is right next store. We sometimes combine ideas to work cross-curricular to give the students more experiences. Working with other classes, I will create many different mini-projects which will give the students more challenging projects and ones which will help teach them to be more creative and think outside the box. The projects I create will give the students experience in more than one area of technology. In a school, which is in a low-income very rural area, it is harder to give the students the experiences they are going to see out in the real world. Slowly I am getting more of those experiences into the classroom. Most of my students use cell phones and ipods, incorporating those into a project is definitely on my list.
More of my projects will take place in the computer lab. More and more jobs are becoming involved in the field of technology. It is crucial that my students get as much experience in technology as possible. Part of my goal is to introduce them to at least 3 new areas of technology in the first couple weeks.
Besides needing input from my colleagues, computers, the smart board in my classroom, I will be needed materials and supplies for my classroom. My classroom budget plays a vital role in determining what I can actually do with my students. I have been lucky so far to not get it cut. Some supplies I can get donated, some I will bring in from home and others I will buy from the local stores. I will also have students bring some in for their own use. Another key aspect that I will introduce them too is recycling. Reusing the materials for another purpose is a great way to help save money in my classroom.
Making community connections and keeping the community updated on what we are doing in class goes a long way with keeping the program around. Parts of my projects always include working with the community directly or indirectly. My students need to learn what valuable resources they have to use.
To make myself more up to date on what is happening in the field of technology, I attend conferences every year. This not only benefits myself as a teacher but also benefits my students greatly. I get introduced to many of the newest technologies that are coming out, get valuable resources to use and gain much knowledge of what other technology teachers are doing in their classrooms. I will always be gaining new information and building my resources, which will help me teach my students what they need to know to be successful in high school and there lives.