My name is Brent, and I’m the proprietor of EdTech.tv. A first post is kind of a tricky thing because you want to encapsulate everything you plan to do with a site as well as present yourself well and hope that people find things interesting enough to keep coming back.
The problem with all of that is that – much like education and learning – a blog is a never-ending process of change and improvement. I hope you’ll allow me to keep things fairly simple for now, and we can expand on them in the future.
Every good website should have a goal, a reason for existing, and a driving purpose. EdTech.tv strives to help the average teacher wade into the deep waters of Education Technology without overwhelming or (more bluntly) freaking anyone out.
There are actually a lot of good sites out there with plenty of info about Ed Tech, so why come here? The truth is that I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but the things that people are talking about “out there” are WAY over the heads of the majority of teachers who are just struggling to play videos on their classroom computers. Frankly, those are the majority of teachers – In the teaching world we have a legion of willing educators who aren’t getting the basics, and feel like they’re falling behind. Here they can learn to catch up, and hopefully even to take the lead.
Yes, you’ll find news on changes in Ed Tech here, but we’re going to make a hard right at academia and straight into practical territory here. When I got my MAT, I was sorely disappointed by the lack of practical resources being provided to me. While we don’t have the resources to cover all practical aspects of education, my goal is to make EdTech.tv a far superior source of training to teachers than they ever received in their (dare I say overpriced?) institutions of higher education.
It is my intention to eventually have two paths, the free site and the premium site. The free site will provide you with updates on the world of EdTech, reviews of useful products, and thoughts & opinions. The premium site will provide regular tutorials to help empower you to take control of your teaching career over the ever-increasing demands of the school administrators AND to keep it reasonable on the wallet, because I know what it’s like to live on a teacher’s budget.
That’s about it. What do you think? I’d like to know your thoughts and I’d LOVE to know what you want to know about Ed Tech. Get specific – I’m here to help!