As the final piece to CEP812, Applying Educational Technology to Practice, I was asked to tap into my idea of PQ and CQ. How do I use technologies in ways that demonstrate my own passion and curiosity and how do I use technology to instill passion and curiosity in my students?
As I work mostly with teachers to help support students, I feel that in order to instill passion and curiosity in students, this has to start with the teachers.
Passion Quotient and Curiosity Quotient are terms coined by Thomas Friedman. He came up with the equation that PQ+CQ>IQ. When passion and curiosity are combined, applied, and used correctly, they can outweigh intelligence.
CQ + PQ > IQ
My passion is strongly rooted in learning. It’s why I am pursuing my PhD. Never stop learning has been a personal statement for years. As an educator, passion for learning should be strong. Students look to us for motivation and encouragement. If we don’t have that passion, students see right through us.
Technology is a passion. I choose it to be because it is a challenge-with technology constantly changing and evolving, there is ALWAYS something to learn.
Teaching is a passion. Whether I am teaching teachers, modeling for parents, or engaged with students, my desire to share knowledge is strong.
All of this flows into my curiosity. Never one to be satisfied with just one answer, I have always looked deeper into theories, ideas, and concepts. I also believe that my curiosity to learn motivates students, teachers, and parents. They see me learning and sharing and begin to ask more questions themselves. It’s a cycle-learning, seeking, teaching.
Yet, how do I do all this? I do it by educating myself. By being willing to try something new and then sharing it with others.
With my teachers, I am constantly bringing back new ideas to include technology into our Early Childhood Special Education Programs (ECSE). But I don’t just offer the idea; I support the implementation, work alongside the staff, and often model the idea or new form of technology. I allow the teachers to see me using technology for our meetings, planning, and presentations. I also allow them to see my mistakes and my trial and error moments…I truly think that by modeling my own use and often mistakes in use of technology, gives them a safe place to try. They see and hear my own reflections and my own process, and it encourages them to do the same.
With our students in ECSE, we have to structure the use of technology due to their age and developmental abilities. Yet, it is still important to expose our students to various forms of technology to help prepare them for future academic experiences. The teachers acknowledge this and see the value in using technology with our young students-although we go through many trial and error moments, we also have moments of success.
We need to constantly be reflecting on our practices-as teachers and as adult learners. As an educator, the motto should be Never Stop Learning. Staying curious and passionate about what I do, and how I do it-including how I use technology-should always be present.
Throughout the MAET courses, I have been exposed to numerous forms of technology-and gone back to my teachers and implemented many of the tools. We all use GoogleDocs daily, digital books within circle time, draw information from online surveys, created blogs and photo journeys, and use mind mapping tools to chart our professional learning. Each month when we meet as a group, the first item on the agenda is always technology based-they want to know more. Through my participation in the MAET courses, I have been able to take things back to them. Now it’s going to be up to me to find resources on my own! I’ll have to continue to spark my passion and curiosity by connecting with others, researching, reading, and staying connected through technology forums, blogs, tweets, and articles.
Check out my last project. A Wideo that represents my passion, my curiosity, and how that flows into my professional work with teachers so that students can continue to stay motivated to learn! Even for this final project I pushed my limits and learned something new-I researched and read articles on various ways to use technology that differ from ScreenCast and PowToon and created a Wideo for the first time!!
Dalio, Marc. (2012, August 6). Curiosity’s shadow [Picture]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcdalio/7724527388
Friedman, T. (2013, Jan 29). It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html?_r=0
Venosdale, Krissy. (2013, January 9). Learn everyday. [Picture]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/venosdale/8366215924