Its the summer before my junior at college and as much as I'd like to kick back and give my brain a break till late August, I have been taught other wise. In a field where experience is key, an internship was the only way to spend my summer.
So that is what I did, and that is how I found myself as an intern for a company that creates award-winning creative educational software. I was introduced to terms like 21st century classroom, Pixie, recipes4success, Wixie, and productivity software. Let's just say I felt a little out of my league. The only recipes for success I knew consisted of steaming milk properly and how many espresso shots to pour into a latte. (I'd mastered the art of being a barista at my campus coffee shops.)
Here I was with my first office job. Besides the obvious questions of what should I wear and how should I fix my hair, I had about a hundred other questions running through my mind. I was being introduced to a whole new world of education, a 21st cenutry classroom. A classroom and curriculum focused on teaching and engaging students through creativity and project-based learning. To be honest, it was hard to imagine programs that actually achieved this. A curriculum that actually let students use the computer and learn at the same time. My classroom days involved upgrading from chalkboard to whiteboard. Technology was never a big focus for my generation. My computer lessons consisted of learning how to type.We taught ourselves how to use the computer. How was I suppose to contribute to the team with my zero experience and lack of knowedge?
Somehow, I did. I was working with the software right away, translating the Pixie Activities from English to Spanish. Seeing the activities first hand, I started to see those 21st century classroom skills come to life. It makes learning fun. It engages the user. You don't even realize you're learning about a plant cells organelles because you are having too much fun drawing them yourself. Students have so many options to create, build, and grow with this program. Its a little surreal to think the programs and activities I am translating are what students will actually use to learn from. It also turns out my fresh eyes were needed. My perspective as someone not familiar with the product was greatly appreciated.
For the rest of my time here at Tech4Learning my main tasks will be continuing to translate but also making Tech4Learning users aware of all these great new features in Spanish. This where my education begins. I get to learn the tools of the trade firsthand when it comes to marketing a product. I could not be more excited!!