One thing that was solidified at this year's conference was that technology is truly where my heart is in regards to my education. My Master's and Ph.D. both have had a focus on Mathematics Education, but I caught the technology bug and haven't looked back. Of course, one benefit of having the mathematics background will be the ability to connect the technology to that curriculum. Partnering with Becky helps me be able to keep a pulse on ELAR and Fine Arts as well. I am excited to begin our next phase of technology implementation at TMS: connecting the technology directly to the students.
There is one last thing that I discovered at TCEA this year. I certainly hope this doesn't seem arrogant, but last year was my first time to attend TCEA and I spent the three days wandering around amazed and in a technology-induced fog. I felt out of place because I everything I heard was new or fairly new to me. I have spent the last year building my knowledge of technology, mostly by reading blogs, Twitter posts, doing research for my dissertation, and building the comprehensive technology plan for TMS. At this year's conference, while I learned a lot, I felt like I was actually part of the community of "techies," and found myself mulling over ideas for presentations that Becky and I can present next year at the conference. I think we have a lot to share of what our teachers are doing at TMS!!! I am currently up to two ideas for presentations, so we will see what happens by the proposal time gets here.
Now back to my Saturday drudgery, which actually turns out is not so bad after all. Looking back over the last year shows me that my research is important and will make an impact on the technology integration community. I am excited to see what I learn and where it takes me with presenting and sharing with others!