Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet Nick Provenzano

Nick Provenzano is @thenerdyteacher on Twitter

Where are you from and what do you do?
High School English teacher at Grosse Pointe South HS in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

How are you connected to Beth?
I met Beth 5 years ago at ISTE in Denver after connecting on Twitter.

How did you get involved in educational technology?
I’ve always looked for different ways to integrate tech into the classroom. It started with the TV, then a mounted projector with a document camera, IWB, and now tablets for my students. I’m an early adopter and I love to see what will and will not work in the classroom.

How has being a networked educator impacted your life?
Being a CE has allowed me access to some of the smartest people I know and some of the best friends I have ever had. I never feel like I will not be able to find the answer to a question I might have. I’m surrounded by excellent educators who are doing amazing things. They model excellence every day.

What is some advice you can give to teachers about how to start finding resources and building their own PLN.
Start small and let your PLN grow organically. Don’t rush to follow hundreds of people. Just follow those you find interesting and let it develop naturally from there. Building a PLN is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time, but it pays off in the end.

What is a tool that has captured your attention at the moment? What do you like about this tool?
Remind has been big for me because it allows me to communicate to students and parents quickly and easily without the need for their personal information. It has been very helpful this year and I look forward to using the new feature that allows me to attach documents.

What is one piece of advice that you can give to educators who are just getting started with integrating technology into their classrooms?
Take it one tool at a time. Choose one tool and explore it on your own before you try to bring it to the classroom. Become a pro at the tool and then decide if it is worth keeping or do you need something else. Your collection of tech tools will grow with each year with this approach.

What are some things you hope to accomplish professionally in the next year or two?

I need to finish my book on Cloud Computing this year and I hope to connect with even more awesome people through social media.

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