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As a technology teacher I cannot imagine a class without technology. One of the biggest problems that I have is that he students start out ready to go but that soon wears off. I need new and exciting things to use with the students that I teach, especially in the advanced classes. One thing that I demand of my students is that they think outside of the box!
In today's society, technology is a must! I can't imagine going back to paper and pencil for everything. Although I did not make use of a lot of technology while teaching kindergarten, I use it constantly in professional development as a Reading Coach. I have provided the means for more technology use in the classrooms today and am amazed at how well some of the teachers have embraced its use.
I think this video really makes you reflect on where we were and where we're going. I think the classroom teacher needs to really connect with what's good for students. They are using all of these tools in their everyday life and are familiar with them. We need to get our teachers (and administrators if necessary) on board and use this technology in the classroom. Give students the chance to use these tools for learning. Although it will mean extra time for teachers to learn and implement, I think they will see improvement in student learning.
Sandy, I agree that we need to get teachers on board with these tools. Administrator use is key in modeling this for teachers. We have a cutting edge administrator who models the use of technology on a daily basis and encourages and expects our teachers to implement them in their classrooms. Our focus this year has been on student use of the tools.
I also think we as educators need to allow our students to help us in the learning process. We are so used to being the "sage on the stage" and we now need to move to the "guide on the side" role. This is not easy for every educator.
The video was not eye opening to me. I know that as a teacher it is easy to get bogged down and frustrated with the technology that we are asked to add to our everyday teaching. I think that technology is great. I also think that it can be confusing when there is so much and often it is just given to us and we are expected to use it without any training. I have learned many things on my own that I am able to use in my classroom with technology but it certainly does make it more user friendly and fun to attempt when you have the confidence of a simple how to workshop. I think it does open many doors that cannot be opened without technology.
I don't think we have always provided the necessary support teachers need in implementing new tools. We often provide that quick intro and that's it. Teachers need the continued support in the correct implementation of the tools and application to the content being taught. Yes, there are so many tools. Which do I use and with what content? It can be overwhelming. I've always shared in my professional development sessions, that I may share several tools with you but take 3 that you want to use this year. Explore uses in education, try them out and keep it or let it go.
The tech world changes so fast that no one except a millionaire can keep up. We are just getting ready to have 1:1 computing in our school, and I read an article today that 1:1 is already yesterday's model...and we haven't even started yet, and we are closer than 90% of the state. Now the model is called 1:4, meaning that one student will use four tech tools to complete a project and use these as seamlessly as we used paper, pencil, scissors, and glue. They will be using computer, video camera, digital recorders, scanners, cell phones, and who knows what. Actually we are already doing this, but not as ubiquitously as we will be.
Wow, Deanie, I have not heard the 1:4 model. But, that is so true. Our students are wired differently and that is scarey to many educators. I used to feel I was on top of technology and now feel like I'm struggling to keep up. That's why my (PLN) professional learning network is so important to me. They help me to stay up-to-date, if that's possible. I think you will find the tools from Intel useful for years to come. And, you can bet, Intel will be on the forefront of anything new.
I was really impressed with the video. We've come a long way in a short amount of time with this "Technology Craze". Teachers are no longer isolated in their classroom, they actually have the world at their fingertips. Once they master the resources and begin to use them, student engagement and achievement will definitely increase. As a technology facilitator, I find it a bit overwhelming at times, but when I think of the possibilities...WOW!
I defer to Deenie on this... Wasn't Brave New World, Huxley's book about the misuse of technology and science? So, I would rename this Trekkie "Something" -- To Bravely Go..... where no man has gone before. Often times, videos embedded in blogs cause me or lead me to sort of wander or create a web trail, and this was no exception. First, I watch the video, then I go to the home page of the video and scroll through newer posts, maybe even check out a newer video posts. Read the comments, follow another post or link.... it can be endless and yes sometimes a time eater but I don't think it's completely a waste of time because I usually discover a new author, quote, quip or idea. And it's up to me where I want to go.
So, what does this have to do with Deborah's question. To me it's the crux of the question and the heart of this video. It's one way to connect to other people and ideas- blogs, wikis, youtube, mashups, texting (the whole ball of wax). I think that is why social networking is so popular with young people and "old" people. It allows them to communicate in various ways with others and that is what I think is at the heart of 21st century learning.
I am not suggesting students should be allowed to wander aimlessly while on "academic" time -- what I am suggesting is that new resources (people are included in this) open up new possibilities and opportunities for engagement.