Here is our second TechnoTeachers for TechnoTeachers blog. This time we move away from the UK (Nic's home) to the USA (Julie's). The wonderful Google Certified Teacher (amongst many other awards!) Alice Keeler, was kind enough to give us some of her time and tips. Her resume is incredible as is her Twitter feed which is a great one to follow.
1. Why did you initially decide to become a teacher?
"I did not, I was offered a job teaching. Having a math degree makes you highly desirable :)"
2. How did you move from being a classroom teacher to being a consultant/writer?
"I actually had health complications with my last pregnancy (5 kids) and had to leave my position. I am teaching pre-service teachers at a University. I had started blogging years ago in response to so many people asking me tech questions and this was a more efficient way to answer. A lot of it was for myself, I was doing some crazy innovations with tech and teaching and blogging it gave me a reference to go back to when I needed to replicate what I did. Slowly the popularity of my blog has increased and I am now getting 10-15,000 hits a day on my blog. I do not just share tech tips, I innovate ideas for how to use tech in teaching."
3. How have you gained your following on social media do you think? Top tips?
"I share share share share. I am on social media a lot, I reply and join in conversations. I enjoy learning from others. The more I share, the more I get. "
4. Why do you think it is important to grow as a teacher/ share your ideas with others?
"Do you want your doctor to say "I'm good at this, so I stopped learning more about medicine." Really what profession is it acceptable to be stale? Culture changes. Tech changes how we do things in life, that means how we do things at school should also change."
5. Which are the top 3-5 pieces of work you'd like us to share in this blog and why?
"I wrote the book "50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom" with Dr. Libbi Miller.
I have over 60 blog posts about Google Classroom at: http://alicekeeler.com/googleclassroom
Here are a few examples for you to get started with...
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