I remember when I started teaching and my third grade team told me that our kids practice keyboarding in computer, I was amazed. I guess I hadn't thought about kids learning to type that young because I was not taught keyboarding until high school. Then it dawned on me that of course they need to be able to type early on in this day and age. The different activities we complete and educational websites we visit in class are so much more effective than when I was in school. I know our advanced technology is helping to make these kids tech savvy early on in life, which is definitely needed in this ever-changing world we live in.
However, I want to get them even more involved in technology and all the options open to them without it being too overwhelming. Being towards the end of the school year, I don't know if I could take on the endeavor of having them create their own blogs, but I am toying with the idea of them submitting a project into the Parkway Digital Film Festival. I didn't really give it a second thought when I first heard about it, because my days are already loaded with almost too much curriculum to fit in one day. But when my tech specialist approached me about it, she explained it doesn't need to be as complicated as I am making it seem. I know this project wouldn't build their PLN, but it would immerse them in a type of newer technology that wasn't available when I was a student. So I am debating whether trying this baby step for my kids is something that would benefit their learning. Any suggestions of what they could do?