Voices from the iTDi Community – Bruno

Bruno Andrade – Brazil

Bruno Andrade is an edtech consultant, a teacher and an explorer. He currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s passionate about learning, curiosity, imagination and technology. He’s also a sunset worshiper.

What are you passionate about, Bruno?

My biggest passion is, in a way, my biggest problem. I don’t have a single passion in life. Never had. Instead, I feel an ardent need to understand everything that comes along my way. I have to understand anything that attracts my attention. However, I am no genius. Ergo I cannot possibly understand every single thing there is in the world. (Or can anyone tell me why yawning is contagious?). This kind of behavior makes me believe that never will I be bored. In my most honest opinion: knowledge is irresistible.

How and why did you become a teacher? 

When people asked what I wanted to do for a living, teaching was the last thing that came to my mind. I grew in a family of teachers. I used to give extra lessons to my mother’s students who came to our house in search of knowledge – mostly in search of a better grade, but that’s ok, anyways – I used to help my mother correct her thousands of multiple choice tests. I was taken to the schools she taught at when there was nobody else to look after me.  And I loved it. I had fun. I found pleasure in that. But prejudice and fear blinded my soul and I searched for other options. I was not wholeheartedly happy. One day I decided to give myself a chance: A chance to change, and I did. I accidently and happily entered a classroom with a teacher’s guide in my hands. Being thanked for helping other people to understand anything is the best feeling the world. Nothing compares to it.

What are you most interested in right now?

As a teacher my main interest is to share and learn from other people. I believe that sharing is caring. Teaching has long been considered a lonely profession. I have always been equally against it. There is much more to learn from the exchanging of experiences than we can ever imagine. Dealing with people can be quite demanding. We all know that, but that is also the beauty of it. Different points of view can only enrich our lives and broaden our horizons.

What things do you do to help you get better at being a teacher, Bruno?

I connect. I ask. I debate. I create. I exchange. I agree. I disagree. I read. I try to understand. I study. I reflect.

What’s the biggest challenge you face as a teacher at this moment?

Some time ago my challenge was to get teachers onboard to use technology in their classes. Nowadays I aim for a more humanized pedagogy when it comes to the integration of technology in education. If teachers use technology with the intention of wowing students, they are missing the point of it.

Technology should only be used as a tool if:

·         there is a contextualized pedagogy behind it.

·         it empowers students, not the other way round.

·         allows students to create, be creative and collaborate.

·         opens up the doors and breaks downs the walls.

What advice would you give to a teacher just starting out on a journey of professional development?

Are you ready to jump? But I will tell you what: once you go there is no coming back. Find your community. Build your personal learning network (PLN). Go out there and look for people who share the same passion as you. There are a lot of teachers who are willing to welcome you into their own communities. Use Social Media at your favor. Use it to share and learn, connect and help, create and spread. That will make you a better teacher. Always.

Bruno, is there any blog or online link you’d like to recommend?

Learning should always be personalized. Therefore each teacher has to find the best professional development online tool for them. I confess, however, that Twitter changed the way I see my professional and the way I relate to my fellow educators. I cannot say that Twitter will be always around for future generations of teachers, but there will always be a way for us to get connected. Everyone should try it.

What’s your favorite quotation about being a teacher, Bruno?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid” – Albert Einstein

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Bruno Andrade

Bruno has been teaching English in Brazil for over 10 years with a very special dedication to teaching Young Learners. He is keen on the use of technology as a means for language learning whether it is through the use of Web 2.0 resources or online environments and, more recently, webinars. Bruno is one of the founders of what iniatially began as a Twitter hashtagged chat: #BRELTchat for Brazilian English Language Teachers. This Twitter chat has now migrated to a threaded discussion via Facebook once it was identified that this was a more suitable medium for the Brazilian community. One of the very first Facebook group pages for Brazilian Language teachers was also set up by Bruno and it has become a vibrant community of about 1300 teachers.

7 thoughts on “Voices from the iTDi Community – Bruno”

  1. I loved reading your answers, dear Bruno and knowing more about what you think of the use of technology in the classroom. It’s an excellent tool as long as we have clear objectives; and yes, unfortunately many teachers are missing the point of it.
    However, if we have teachers like you, sharing your knowledge and expertise and making them aware of why/how they should use it, it will make all the difference. And believe me, you make the difference!
    Beijos! 🙂

  2. Hi Bruno,

    I loved reading your answers as well. I’m so glad to know you and hope we have many chances to collaborate on ideas for the foreseeable future. Your energy and professionalism are admirable and infectious. I’m so happy to be your new friend. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts and ideas.


  3. Loved to post. Knowledge (as Learning) is irresistible Bruno and your energy is so contagious. I can’t agree more with you on the topic of technology. I strongly believe in the power of technology as long it will result in some kind of benefit for our students. Proud and pleased to have become friends Bruno. This is the power of a community.
    Thanks for letting us know something more about you

  4. Hi Bruno and iTDi community!

    I totally agree Bruno with what you said about the use of technology in education. I have had the experience of learning something online through collaborative experiences. I had spent years developing drawing and painting skills through online communities where pro artists participated before I actually heard about the use of it in formal educational.

    I have also participated in collaborative online experiences through Instituto Airton Senna in order to learn how new technologies can be implemented in our teaching since 2008, but everything seems to be a little bit far from reality, especially in Brazilian regular schools.

    Like many teachers nowdays, I am in favor of it, but only if teachers understand why we should use it and how. If we aren’t properly trained and given time to master the tool, reflect on the usage of it and its implications in the learning process and being able to plan our lessons with clear understanding that whatever digital tool we choose, it is just a tool after all.

    My school has just adopted Moodle and I have about 19 groups to implement that in my teaching, blending face-to-face with online activities. 😐

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and a bit about your life. Interesting points that I will surely keep in my mind while facing the new challenge of implementing digital tools in my own practice. 🙂

  5. I love the way you humanize the use of technology in teaching, Bruno. It’s such a great example for all of us to put what we’re trying to teach above how we’re trying to teach it.

    Thanks for being such a great role model!

  6. Bruno,

    I could feel so much life, creativity, and passion in your words. You also showed a lot of focus, generosity, and hope in how you live your learning and your teaching.
    This humanity of yours mixed with your interest for technology in education is surely contagious!

    Look forward to learning with you in 2013!



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