In my job as an ITRT I am supposed to provide professional development. In fact, the state of Virginia says that ITRTs are professional development specialists. For the past few years as the school budget has shrunk, I have been called upon to do more and more that is really outside the scope of my job. True, the state of Virginia says in my job description that I am NOT to be a computer lab teacher; but, with the loss of resources I must fill in where ever the schools need me. Besides, I really, really LOVE working with the kids and working with the kids gives me an idea of what will work with the teachers.
However, now that the testing season is upon us teachers are in the midst of simulation testing in order to see how the kids will fare on the real test that will be given in just a few weeks from now. Ha Ha, we are testing to see how they test. SO STUPID! Still, this leaves me with lots of free time which I have not had recently and I believe that I have used that time well. I have scoured the internet and read up on various online tools that I will be highlighting in either my upcoming workshop this weekend for the SVEA or those I will present on for the division's Summer Tech Academy. I am so happy to have my presentations planned and can't wait to present!!! Check out the link to the left to visit the online flyer about my workshops. Check back shortly for the link to sign up.
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler