About Me: My name is Kyla Jeter, and I am currently a 2nd grade teacher in a rural public school district in South Carolina. This is my 9th year teaching, and I have always taught 2nd grade and I have always taught in my current district. However, after 9 years of teaching the same thing, in the same place, I feel that I am ready for a career change. My goal is to become an Educational Technology Instructional Coach/Specialist.
What Led to this Change: I’ve always had a certain “knack” for using technology. My mother is a high school business education teacher, and she seems to have passed her “technology gene” down to both my brother and myself. I’ve always just enjoyed “fiddling” with technology, and while working on my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Winthrop University, one of my favorite classes by far, throughout my entire coursework was “Integrating Technology to Support Teaching & Learning”. As the name already suggests, in this class, we learned how to integrate technology into our future classrooms. We worked on many interesting projects from creating an M&M Excel spreadsheet to creating Claymation movies, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. Fast-forward a few years, and shortly after beginning my teaching career, I fell even deeper in love with all things relating to educational technology, and decided that I wanted to become a Technology Instructional Coach “when I grew up”. So after only 2 short years of teaching, I decided to pursue an online Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Webster University. I finished my MAT in Educational Technology in May of 2010, and I’ve been searching for an Educational Technology Instructional Coach/Specialist position ever since. After finishing my Master’s degree, I originally thought that finding a job within the discipline would be much easier than it has proven to be, especially with the major push to produce students who are “college and career ready” to compete in today’s technologically-rich society. However, I haven’t had much luck finding anything. Therefore, I used the past 5 years, especially this past year, to “hone my craft” per say, and to independently research current trends and the latest and greatest tools in Educational Technology.
The Purpose of this Blog: I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now, and so with all of the many reasons listed above and after tons of encouragement (i.e. poking and prodding) from lots of friends and family members, I just decided to just step out on faith and go for it! The main purpose of this blog is to serve as a sort of portfolio of the different technology projects and/or lessons I am currently working on in my classroom, and to document my journey toward fulfilling my dream of becoming a full-time Technology Instructional Coach. However, while the main purpose of this blog is to curate and document my work, it is my sincere hope that this blog will reach other teachers and inspire them to try some of the featured projects and tools in their own personal classrooms!