1. Go for it. There are many opportunities to showcase what I am doing, exchange ideas, and make my life easier. People are never too young to be teachers. You just need the knowledge, the passion, and the ability to communicate. I would much rather be in front of the classroom than bored, sitting through ANOTHER technology in-service based on basic computer skills.
2. Reflect. In the last year I have really increased the use of technology in my classroom. I need to spend more time reflecting making sure I am using the best tool for the situation. Instead of overwhelming the students with all the cool tools I find, I need to find tools that can be used in a variety of situations.
3. Be more tolerant of others. People know I enjoy technology and that I apply it in the classroom. They are frequently passing along “great tips.” If it is something I already know, I should encourage them, and provide them with another tech tip. I need to avoid the negativity. Even if I do not agree that Google Forms are better than Moodle quizzes (obviously not, since Moodle can self-grade and provide specific and timely feedback) … even with difference of opinion, at least people are attempting to use technology in ways to benefit the students.
4. Let it go. There are some things I can not control – like technology not working or people letting technology sit idle. There are more important things in life, which has never been more clear to me than this year.