Technology in the Classroom

A Change of Heart

At the beginning of the semester...

I had many pre-conceived notions when it came to children and their use of Technology. I thought that students should use their minds, not computers to solve problems or create new projects. In never took into account that the times are changing and we as teachers are shaping children for jobs that yet to exist. I was consumed with the data that states that technology dulls children's minds and inhibits their learning. I overlooked the Idea that technology can be used in so many useful ways to help children grown and learn while quite possibly making a teacher's job just a tad bit easier. My opinion of using technology in the class has changed dramatically, this quote from the Gutnick Article speaks to how I feel after a Semester in this course. Learning to harness the power of technology for education is the key to success.

"Media platforms by themselves are neutral; what matters most are the choices made by parents, educators, educational professionals, companies, and other content providers in order to encourage a balanced pattern of consumption."

To me, this means that it is the responsibility of the teacher, parent, or caregiver to help a child understand the apprporiate use of technology. It is also their responsibility to monitor children's use of the computer and what activities are being done.

Take-away Sites

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Becoming a Better Teacher

This course has changed me as an educator. I feel better prepared to introduce my students into a 21st-century classroom. I am confident that technology has the ability to improve the educational experience of our children. This course has opened my eyes to the useful and supportive aspects of technological integration in the classroom. I am now, more than ever before, prepared to introduce my students to new programs to create projects, get help with homework, or even work togeather as peers. This course has shown that educating students of the proper ways to use technology can greatly improve their learning outcomes as well as providing students with a sense of digital responsibility.

My opinions still stand on how much technology should be used, and the potential risk for getting off task or misuse. This being said, I now understand that the use of technology in the classroom is not rooted in evil but instead a valuable tool for greater and more involved learning.

Jessica Orcutt

My name is Jessica Orcutt, I am currently an MDST Educational and Disabilities Studies major. With this degree, I hope to work in alternative education such as a Montessori School or a Democratic School. I am currently an Academic Support Coach for the Career and Life Studies Program here at Millersville University. I am influenced by the writings of John Dewey and Wolf Wolfensburg. My future goals include spending time in a Scandinavian country with the intent of learning about other countries forms of schooling and using that information to help guide me. I am very inspired by new and innovative programs in the classroom.
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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is one of the most important technological tools teachers can use. Assistive technology has the ability to completely transform the learning experience for a student. Through this course, we took the time to explore different forms of assistive technology and how they help students. I found this part of the course to be very interesting and important. As someone who wants to work with the Disabled, I believe it is very important to educate teachers on the importance and existence of assistive technology. Dave L. Endyburg writes that;

"If we are going to ensure the success of all students, we must be much more committed to locating resources, strategies, and tools that support academic performance."

As teachers, it is our responsibility to seek out and provide our students with the accommodations they need to be successfull.