I took my first Intel training class two years ago and I will never be the same. Intel afforded me with the opportunity to learn about, investigate, experiment with and "wow" my students by using technology savvy.
I am Valerie Burton, an English I teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana and I am an Intel Educator.
Intel opened my eyes to a learning community that commented and shared work with one another for the betterment of the school, teacher and student. My Intel training was the first time I had been exposed to a Personal Learning Network that required engagement and discourse. I have grown in leaps and bounds since my first class. Before my Intel class I had 1 wiki and 1 blogpage, I now have 21 wikis, 15 blogpages, blog feeders, 2 Twitter accounts, I create instructional podcasts and videos, and membership in 10 professional Ning learning communities and a partridge in a pear tree.
I want my students to feel the same empowerment that Intel has given me. I want them to embrace their destiny in the technological world like I did. My students, school, teachers and parents have all gained because of my Intel knowledge.