Technology Closet was created to share resources, ideas, and more with
teachers around the world. Feel free to explore this site and look through
all the material and use what you see fit in your classroom. This site
will always be changing. New resources will be add, the latest technologies
talked about and shared making this a must look location for teachers
in all subject matters or grades.
Mike is dedicated
to making sure that teachers know how to properly integrate technology
into their classroom. As a former grade school, high school teacher,
and technology director, along with an adjust college professor
Mike brings more than 10 years experience to the field of ed tech.
Mike also is a very involved member of ICE (Illinois Computing Educators)
currently serving as an Executive Board member and also as a member
of the conference committee. Mike has presented on many ed tech
topics in multiple states and countries. Mike believes that everyone
no matter their technology skill level can effectively integrate
technology into their classroom. He also believes in the philosophy
that technology is not a tool to teach but a tool to supplement
the learning process in the classroom. The second you have the technology
teach for you it has become ineffective in the classroom.
Outside of school
students are "plugged in" all the time. You visit the mall
or local hangout and you see our students communicating and immersed
in their devices, be it a computer, phone, or tablet. We as educators
need to figure out ways to bring that engagement to the classroom. If
we are preparing our students for college and/or careers we need to
expose them to tools they can use. No job says you cannot use a computer
to look up something, or say "sorry you can't use a device to access
the Internet". We need to teach them to be responsible digital
citizens in this fast paces world. We need to teach them to be collaborative
workers and not islands of their own. And to be successful at this,
students need to know the tools that can help them be successful.
So Mike's Tech Closet
is here to help teachers achieve all these goals. Mike is always open
to hearing from teachers if they need help or cannot find a resource
they are looking for. Mike is always looking for new resources as well.
He is open to hearing what others have to say. So please do not hesitate
to reach out to Mike at any time.