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April 11, 2013 06:15 pm

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to talk digital learning! The following blog post comes from Jeremy Macdonald, the Integrated Technology Systems Coordinator for Bend-La Pine Schools in Bend, Oregon.
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As of this Monday, April 15, I will be the new Integrated Technology Systems Coordinator for Bend-La Pine Schools in Bend, Oregon. It’s a new job for me and a big move for my family. It’s been bittersweet. As time has passed getting ready at home and at school, I have reflected on my experience here in Klamath, the last seven years, and what it will mean to leave my school.
Part of this reflection included me taking and sharing a series of pictures, of memories.
In response to one of these pictures, a friend of mine on Facebook asked, “Off to bigger and better things?”
While innocent, the comment caught me off guard. I had to ask myself, “Am I moving on to bigger and better things?”
The school district is a lot bigger. The town is a lot bigger. I’m working with all 24 schools, so I guess that’s bigger. But does that mean it’s better? I started at Mills Elementary School seven years ago. I was a total newbie. Heck, I even had braces at the time. A lot has happened since. A lot of students have come through my classroom doors. A lot of learning has happened and re-happened in my classroom. Everything that has happened here has set a precedent for me on which I will base many of my future experiences. So struggle to say if anything after this will be better. In education, I like to look at things, at students, and classes, at school years as merely different. Each one providing me with a new challenge or unique experience. Each one as special as the next. I think I would have to rank them in order to find one that is better or even the best. And I just cannot do that, at least not now.
My new role will be exciting. It is something that I have wanted to do for the last few years. I will be focusing on professional development. I will obviously be helping integrate technology into student learning, but I hope to make it more about just that – student learning – and less about the technology. I hope to relearn and rethink what is happening in Bend-La Pine Schools along with my new colleagues. In a smaller degree I have done it, but only with my school. Even then, it was with a small team. The experiences that await me, like the last seven years, will be challenging and unique. But will they be better? I don’t know. Probably not. Just different, I imagine.
So I really didn’t have much else to reply to him other than,
“…just new things :)”
Jeremy Macdonald is the new Integrated Technology Systems Coordinator at Bend-La Pine Schools. His posts usually appear on the second Thursday of each month. Read his previous posts here. Find more information on Mr. Macdonald on his website at You can also follow him on Twitter at @MrMacnology




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