Moving On

I am delighted to report that the work to get my administration certificates has paid off. This past week I was appointed to an administrative position within my district, Williamsville. Effective July 1st, I will be the Instructional Specialist for Fine and Performing Arts, Business Education, and Home and Careers. That is a long and complex sounding way to say I am the  curriculum and instruction coordinator for Music, Art, Business, and Home & Careers.

For anyone reading some of my recent posts, you may have noticed a distinct focus on what is going on in the New York State Education Department (NYSED). One of my main responsibilities in the new position will be to keep up with what is going on at NYSED, and how it will affect the teachers and curriculum in the areas I am responsible for. As I have been going through the interview process, I became much more in-tune with the happenings in Albany, and therefore posted more about that. One could easily devote a full-time job to keeping up with NYSED 🙂

As I move into the position, one of the things on my mind is how this blog will work into my new role. I will absolutely keep it going, but I wonder what focus the blog should take on.  I started blogging in 2004 after hearing David Thornburg speak at an ISTE conference. Back then “blog” and “wiki” were relatively new terms, and being a technology integrator, it has been a perfect fit for me. I have grown through and enjoyed the writing I do.

I also wonder if the title and tag line is appropriate in my new position. Here is what is at the top of the blog:

Point A to Point B
Technology is transforming learning. All you need is an idea of where you are and where you need to go.

The title of the blog, Point A to Point B, and the web address (which I own) I think are appropriate for any educational endeavor. Regardless of the content, everyone is at point a, and is trying to get to point b.

Regarding the tag line, technology is certainly transforming learning in every area including the ones I will be responsible for. As a matter of fact it was music technology that was the catalyst for me making the jump to becoming a technology integrator in the first place! Many staff and students I have worked with in recent years are surprised when they learn that music is my background.

I have come around to where, like many, I know it is not about the technology, it is about the learning. So how about this for a tag line (it is actually my Twitter tag line right now):

Point A to Point B
Learning is job #1

I do not think one could argue learning is our fundamental purpose. My writing will focus more on the content areas I’m involved with. I will still probably draw out connections to technology, but I am actually really liking the fact that I can focus on technology from a content perspective instead of technology as a separate “thing” (which I admit I can do quite easily…). At the end of the day, it is about the learning (in Music, Art, Business, and Home & Careers, etc.) and not about the technology.

I would love your thoughts on what I have outlined here. If you have any comments or suggestions for the tag line, I would appreciate that also. My “point a” is changing, as is my “point b”, and I’m looking forward to the journey!

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