When I was in 7th grade I became a teacher aide for my language arts teacher. I loved it, and from there I was inspired to become a teacher. It wasn’t the way the teacher taught me, or the things I learned while I was there, it was the way I felt when I helped others. I remember, that summer, I pulled aside my youngest brother and sister (who were both in elementary school) and would pretend to be their teacher. I taught them math, reading and writing. It was so much fun for me, probably not so much fun for my siblings but they were good sports. I knew then that I was going to become a teacher.
Back when I was in school I remember technology was just on the cutting edge. I had my first typing class in high school as a freshman, and the library was just starting to change over their card catalog to digital form. We were just starting to type out our reports. I, on the other hand, didn’t have a computer at home. I went through my entire high school career hand writing my papers. As I hit college access to computers was part of life. The digital world had taken hold. Now I look back and see how my younger siblings had more technology experience then I did, since they were getting the earlier exposure to it.
Today technology is a part of our daily lives. Social media is a whole new world of opportunity for enlightenment, exploration, and discovery. Thomas and Brown enlighten us with several stories which demonstrate how technology can be a tool used to educate anyone who is willing to use it. Whether you are a professor at a university allowing students to explore and grow through gaming, or you are a diabetic just asking questions on Diabetics Daily to inform yourself on the disease you have just been diagnosed with you are using your resources and learning what you need to know. I loved their finishing quote, “…in the new culture of learning the point is to embrace what we don’t know, come up with better questions about it, and continue asking those questions in order to learn more and more…” (pg. 38). When we embrace the unknown we become curious and go in search of the answers to our never ending questions.
I am currently a PE teacher, but half of my day I am working with small groups focused on reading. This year I have the privilege of having my own room with a Promethean board. I have been researching the different things I can do with this technology. I am so excited to try it out on Monday morning, when my first group walks through the door. For the last four years I have been bouncing from one space to another so I have needed to use dry erase boards and just copies. I now have the technology available to me, so I am going to take advantage of it. I have included a YouTube video that was a nice introduction on how to use the Promethean board. Cindy said she would send me other videos that can help me out. After watching this video I am ready to practice with the board tomorrow afternoon, to prepare for my classes next week.
Now that I have the capability, I started to research other types of technology I can incorporate into my daily lessons. I found a great site through Edutopia that lists several examples of sites that could be helpful. It goes into how to get started by using technology in the classroom, how to use it for data collection (like using Socrative) or how to use it to present your ideas in a creative way (Screen-Cast-O-Matic). There is so much on this site, I just can’t list them all. I am so enthusiastic now to dive into a 21st century classroom. I appreciate having the resources to do it, when I know there are many places that are limited.
Edutopia. (2007, November 5). How to Integrate technology. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-guide-implementation
Teq. (2013, January 31). Intro to Promethean ActivBoard. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5thuV41tMuQ
Thomas, D, & Brown, J. S., (2011). A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.