As teachers and schools all over the world did in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we went into lock-down and converted to online learning in Week 8, Term 1. Year 6 were in the last group of students to return to face to face teaching in Week 6, Term 2. This gave us 8 weeks of online learning to learn, plan, implement, troubleshoot and reflect on.
My teaching partner (and Year 6 teacher extraordinaire) and I have been reflecting on our online learning saga as part of our Action Research at school, and it got me thinking about my tech journey and how I've learnt and taught using technology.
I started learning to use ICT as soon as I qualified as a teacher. In 2011, as a beginning teacher, I was sent on a professional learning workshop to develop my skills using the new Smartboards in our school. This IWB Masterclass gave me my first taste of using technology in the classroom, and I was hooked!
In 2015, I discovered the Google Educator certifications, and dove right into studying for my Level 1 exam. Two years later, having increased my skills, I went for my Level 2 Google Educator certification.