For the last 3 days, my team and I have spent over 36 hours interviewing some of the brightest and most innovative educators. They were all applying to help their fellow teachers to grow their practice with technology so that they can be even better teachers than they were the day before.
One interview question that we asked was for the interviewee to share some of their most innovative creations they were working on or have done with their students.
WE WERE BLOWN AWAY.
Our teachers have taken their educational technology practice and created some of the most breathtaking lessons I have ever seen. From interactive African American Museums built from scratch to websites created for parents and students, to innovative hyperdoc lessons that included all of the tools that we have taught them the previous school year. Our teachers are doing some amazing work and are willing to share their creations to assure that we all are doing what is best for students.
Sadly, we could not hire all of them but the lessons they taught our team in humility is one that all should admire. One teacher interviewed very well, however, after the interview, decided to remove themselves out of the running for the position but decided that they will help the teachers in their building regardless. Many have sent emails thanking us for the interview and sharing those same setiments as to helping teachers regardless of the outcome.
Our teachers have shown professionalism and grace throughout this process and for them we are so thankful.
I love social media for learning. The other day, as I sipped my morning java and cleaned out my email inbox, I noticed an article on LinkedIn with the following title; Google Has A Plan to Disrupt Hire Education. I hurriedly clicked the link (which you can do as well on the title) and was pleasantly surprised at the information. Google has come up with a 6 month certificate program for tech jobs that are in high demand. The best part of the story is that each student will pay $49 a month to complete the program.
The jobs that were listed ranged in a median salary of 66,000-$92,000 and all I could think about is the ungodly amount of money colleges charge students for the right to learn. Thanks to the pandemic and companies realizing that they do not need students with college degrees per say but with the skill sets to do the jobs that are going unfilled.
Now don't get me wrong, I believe that a college degree is important for specific jobs. Doctors I believe should go to college, however, a majority of careers in the 21st century can be learned Online. The ability to have the world at your fingertips opens up so many opportunities for those with access.
After reading the article, I immediately shared this information with our CTE Director. We are losing so many kids during the pandemic. Most have refused to login for many reasons: 1. They may not have access or 2. They may be bored with school and see no reason to attend. I think most of the reason is the latter.