"Hi, My Name is Tamara Pradel and I'm the Technology Innovation Educationist" is what I typically say at the end of a Professional Development session and if I have a mic, well... let's just say I hope I don't have to buy a new one. It seems like a mouthful. But the honest truth is that simply calling myself a technology integration expert or instructional technologist or education consultant just did not capture the whole scope of what I do and can do. Let me break it down for you like this:
Technology - As my current CEO once said, when I think of you I think of ALL things technology. Now I don't say I would go that far, but I would say that when I enter a room, a meeting, a consultation I accept the fact that I am seen as the technology expert with the solutions.
And for the past 14 years I have assisted schools, businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations alike, find ways to seamlessly integrate technology with purpose and meaning.
From choosing tools for office management, selecting the right tools for teaching and learning, creating fully online virtual learning environments and just simply providing one on coaching with an individual who wants to expand or improve their use of digital tools.
Innovation - Really and truly, once you enter the world of technology especially in education, it's like stepping into an Innovation portal. A place where uniqueness or "disruption of sameness" is accepted.
A place where if you like puzzles and challenges you will strive. Technology has forced me to to question and challenge the way I think and do things, a place in which I find much comfort.
It's not just about being creative but it's about finding new and fresh ways to engage students and adults in the learning process. It's not about working outside the box but it's how many ways I can use the box, in or out. I love it when a person or an organization comes to me and says "Help me. do something different" in the way we teach, present or train.
You can check out my most recent innovation here at "My Pajama PD Party" a combination of two of my favorite things to do, teaching and partying...yoohoo!
Educationist - Yes educationist is a word, primarily British in nature as stated by Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is most often defined as a person who specializes in the theory and methods of education. Emphasis on methods. But I love the way the Audacious Educationist defines it. She states the following about educationist:
"Educationist are self-motivated..."
"... are advocates who serve the best interest of students in any educational setting by facilitating students' natural desire to discover and contribute to the world..."
"...educators with a pinch of artistry, and a dash of ministry as they seek to educate mind, body, and soul...their own and those around them" (and I'm going to add here themselves as well) Find the full article What's the difference between an educator and an educationist? here.
As an educationist I have the joy of creating learning environments for in schools, in colleges, at conferences, at workshops,online, wherever it may be. My role is to make engaging, fun, learning experiences that meet the needs of the learner, whoever that learner maybe. Is it you?
Hi, My name is Tamara Pradel. I am the Technology Innovation Educationist.