From the time my father brought home our first computer, an Apple IIe, when I was two years old, technology has been a part of my life. I consider myself to be what author and education and learning speaker Marc Prensky calls a "digital native" and have become fluent in this new digital language. I possess an extensive knowledge of computers along with a variety of software programs and have come to find this is a very useful skill to possess.

In the years I spent as a teacher, I utilized a variety of technological instructional strategies in my classroom. I found it improved my ability to deliver content and that students retained the information better than when I use traditional methods. I also found that I enjoyed creating lessons using technology, and I believe my enthusiasm carried over to my students. It got them excited about learning and in turn lead to an increased retention of the material. For students that equate school with "boring," activities such as cyberhunts and webquests allow them to have fun while learning at the same time.

Since becoming an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher my role with technology has greatly expanded. In addition to continuing to create technology materials for the classroom I also train teachers and staff on the use of hardware and software. I am the go-to person for any technology questions in the building and frequently find myself being requested by multiple people at once. The ITRT roll is the perfect combination of two things I enjoy: teaching and technology.