Personal Vision Statement
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy (Moncure, 1994)
We live in the technology era where our children are born into and we live in. Technology is second nature to children and they have access to devices like smart phones, iPods, netbooks, laptops, Wi-Fi, and perhaps even a Nook or like devices. We have seen this transition with adults as well, with a cell phone close at hand, laptop under their arms, and Nook being held at arm’s length. Wi-Fi hot spots are second nature to the communities and schools in which we live and work in. Technology has made its way into all of our lives.
Given the degree to which today’s learners have access to technology, students expect technology to be a part of their educational experience. Schools have the responsibility to teach our children in engaging ways as future leaders of our country. Schools are the way to meet many students who are not so privileged to have access to digital devices and to help decrease the digital divide. B. Nesbitt (2007) produced a video, “A vision of K-12 students today” that helps to motivate teachers to inspire their students; even more importantly to motivate administrators to get teachers the tools and training in order to move into the 21st century.
Roblyer (2010) states, “The current role of educational technology is shaped by two kinds of factors: available technology resources and our perspectives on how to make use of them.” Integrating technology education in our schools have been in place and can be seen by the type of devices being used such as, interactive white boards, DVD players, student response systems. In addition computer programs are available for word processing, spreadsheets, educational games, digital photos / graphics, School libraries and computer labs provide a way for students to take language arts assessment tests, learn how to use programs, how to assess internet websites and create their own digital assignments’. Whether rural or urban, affluent or deprived each district, each school, and each teacher can find technologies best suited for their situation.
Across the country, technology standards have been adopted for students, teachers and administrators. The standards adopted by state educational agencies have, for the most part, come from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). These provide the noted skills that will be essential in order to take advantage of emerging technologies.
There are at least four compelling reasons for technology in education.
1. Technology is everywhere in our world today and not only will using technology in the classroom aid in capturing the attention of the students today, but it will also prepare them to be community members of a digital world. Technology use promotes higher levels of student engagement. Students need to use engaging technologies in collaborative, inquiry-based learning environments with teachers who are willing and able to use technology’s power in assisting them to transform knowledge and skills into products, solutions, and new information. Students are motivated to learn when they are actively engaged with tools and technology that inspires them as compared to the once traditional passive instruction and testing.
2. Engaged students learn more by taking part and experiencing the material they are presented with. The ideal classroom is one that infuses educational technology “seamlessly” (Edutopia. ); to become second nature.
3. Technology use promotes a greater degree of collaboration. Collaboration in studies help prepare students for working. For example, Google is a business that places a premium on collaboration. In helping to prepare our students for the work force of today and tomorrow teachers and administration must design lessons with technology and collaboration in mine. With virtual / cloud based technology social networks such as, blogs, wiki’s, twitter, instant messaging, etc., instructors can promote and deliver collaboration.
4. Technology education also supports adaptability for students with disabilities. This is a great advance since this type of support provides methods for adapting to several learning disabilities such as speech there is voice recognition software; hearing and sensory impairments through the use of a variety of programs; Roblyer notes a virtual reality project for those with hearing impairments (p.24).
Several new technologies will have great impact on the ways teaching and learning will take place in the future. We need teachers who understand the role technology place in society and education, who are prepared to take advantage of its “power”.
“We need more teachers who understand the role technology plays in society and in education, which are prepared to take advantage of its power, and who recognize its limitation. In an increasingly technological society, we need more teachers who are both technology savvy and [student] centered” (Roblyer, 2010). Lastly, “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter F. Drucker (Roblyer, 2010)
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