About the Author
Hello, Dear Reader!
I am a first year teacher in New Mexico. I graduated from the University of New Mexico in May 2011 with a BA in Secondary Education, and I am now teaching seventh grade language arts in a small town outside of Albuquerque.
I am very grateful to have a teaching position, especially considering the current educational climate. I am even more grateful to have found a position at a Title I school: our Title I status has equipped both of the seventh grade language arts classrooms with the Building Blocks Grant.
The grant has provided a class set of netbook computers, a digital camera, a video camera, a document camera, and a SmartBoard. I am pretty sure there are other bits and pieces of technology included in the grant that I have not yet become aware of. While I am thrilled to have access to all of this technology in my classroom, I was quite intimidated at the beginning of the year. I always fantasized about a high-tech classroom in college, and the reality has been exciting but also quite overwhelming.
My first semester went well, but it has also opened up an entirely new area of exploration: how to incorporate technology into the middle school classroom. I have a lot to learn about the technology in my classroom, but I have even more to learn about how to support the changing literacies of today’s students.
Join me on my journey through the literature of the experts and the trials, errors, and successes of my own classroom experiments.