Hello, I am Mr. Salvucci, usually called Mr. Sal. I teach world cultures, POD, and 20th Century US History in New Brighton.
My expectations for class content this year mainly focus on streamlining the curriculum. By this I mean having the content flow smoothly at a fairly even pace. Last year seemed choppy at times, partly due to my adjusted schedule as Technology Integrator. There are some interesting projects that can be implemented this year, such as world newscasts in world cultures, additional decade-based projects and multimedia in the 20th Century class, and interviews in POD. I am hoping we can do more of these projects this upcoming year.
As for expectations based on technology…the main focus is to make technology invisible. By that, I am aiming to make it such a normal part of the class, the students accept using technology as if it were pencil and paper. Afterall, technology is to them what pencil and paper was to me as a student. When we were finally allowed to use pens it was a big deal, not to mention the outcry of joy when erasable pens were introduced! I apologize for my tangential rant, now back to my topic. My second expectation is to regularly model the use of basic technologies, such as podcasting and blogging. I feel that I need to participate on a regular basis if I expect my students to use these technologies in class.
We shall see what the new school year brings.