A Boundless Expedition

A Boundless Expedition

There’s beauty in every step along the way.

We at the Higgins Middle School joined this expedition years ago. Do you remember when communication happened more by voicemail than email?  Thinking back, seven or eight years ago the term “email” wasn’t even a part of our daily vocabulary. And, when it did emerge, it tended to roll off the tongue with a bit of a grimace.

 
We started using email for most of our communication around the same time we realized that we needed a new school – around the same time that we could water our plants indoors when it rained.  Communication via email was encouraged volunteerism at first, but it soon became the culture. Collaboration with Google Docs came next. Then, educational platforms like Edmodo and Google classroom were introduced. Soon after, we experimented with iPads and Chromebooks, and administration encouraged us to commit to an online grading system. Many of us even started creating classroom websites! What’s more, in fits and starts, we began using Google Calendar to reserve new Chromebook carts.  It was rare to compete for time slots at first. But, after a couple of years, booking extra time became something of an olympic sport! All the while, we were dreaming and planning what the technology would look like in our brand new middle school.  Our experience using Google Apps shaped the trajectory of our professional development over the next year. So, as the new construction finally neared completion, we looked forward to our first day at the new Higgins with its interactive projectors and one-to-one Chromebooks in a Google Apps district.
 
Well, we have just finished our first year at the new school with it’s shiny-new technology, and I have learned one universal truth.  There is no end to the search for the perfect way to use technology with students. It is ever-changing. Students are ever-changing.  And, because of this dynamic environment, it has become my goal to enjoy the act of exploration and to show my students how to do the same.  It is truly an infinite journey, a boundless expedition.