Teachers have been running classrooms
and molding great world leaders long before 'technology' was in Webster's vocabulary. Now, know that I understand the benefits
of using technology in the classroom. Using technology well centers on incorporating it into a lesson or activity, not basing a lesson
or activity around it. Beyond using technology in a lesson, technology can be
used to advance and enhance the classroom environment. For instance, a teacher
may post the daily agenda on a PowerPoint slide via a television monitor connected to a computer.
I also understand that the use of
technology does not make a teacher more effective. This does not mean that I am ultra-conservative and anti-technology. What
it does mean is that in my classroom I will never create a lesson for the sake of using technology. If technology can be effectively
incorporated into a lesson and aids in achieving learner goals, then I will consider using it. Sometimes the headache of using
technology can out weigh the benefits.
I do know that in our ever-changing,
face-paced society students are more tech savvy than ever. And, they enjoy exploring technology in new ways. If one of my
classroom lessons allows for this sort of exploration without decreasing the students’ time spent on learning I will
be more than happy to consider using it.