A pearl forms when a tiny particle finds itself in an oyster. This tiny particle or organism enters the oyster when the shell is open for feeding and respiration. As the oyster layers the particle with mother-of-pearl, it forms a rare and precious jewel. Technology can be that particle for teachers. On its own, technology is useless and dull. But for a teacher with an open mind, technology can be layered with curriculum standards, best practices, and a willingness to learn in order to transform teaching into a captivating, inspiring art.
How can you begin to cultivate your own “pearl” of a classroom?