Vision Statement

Melodee Sweeney

Vision Statement

In what is known as the “information age” it is crucial for technology to be implemented in today’s classroom. Whether on a social or gaming level, students are exposed to technology on a daily basis.  By incorporating these technological tools into classroom instruction, teachers find that students become more interested in classroom activities and are more eager to learn.

Technology is not the answer to better education, but I believe that it is a necessary tool to facilitate better learning.

Technology cannot be solely relied on to solve all of the shortcomings in any given classroom. However, when teachers are given tools and taught how to utilize them in a way that enhances their methods, the ultimate learning environment can be achieved.  Technology cannot make a subpar teacher good, but it also cannot replace the teacher. Teachers must use technology to enhance and not replace the way they teach.

One of the most challenging issues for teachers today is creating and teaching a lesson that meets the needs of a diverse classroom filled with various types of learners. Using different types of technology can aid teachers by giving students information in a more sensory manner. For those who are visual or kinesthetic, technology helps through pictures and interactive activities. Integrate lectures and books into the mix, and it is possible to connect with each type of learning style. Through technology there can be immediate feedback which is crucial to the learning process. This can be a precarious balance that takes time and knowledge to perfect, but the opportunity is there.

Students respond positively to technology in the classroom.

When I taught middle school History, I found that PowerPoint presentations and SmartBoard interactions enticed the students and learning was no longer seen as a chore. I found that the classroom was becoming less formal, there was more interaction between students, and discussion was more prevalent. Technology helped instill the feeling of community in the classroom between not only the students, but between me as the instructor and the students.  Within this classroom community students were contributing, communicating and learning.

As educators, our most important job is not to teach standards, but to instill a lifelong love of learning.

References:

Klopher, E. (no date). The Education Arcade. In study guides and strategies. Retrieved January 24, 2011, from http://education.mit.edu/papers/GamesSimsSocnet

McKenzie, J. (March 1998). From Now On, The Eduational Technology Journal. In undefined. Retrieved January 24, 2011, from http://fno.org/mar98/flotilla2.html.

Toyama, K. (January 2011). Educational Technology Debate. In journal. Retrieved January 24, 2011,from http://edutechdebate.org/ict-in-schools/there-are-

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6 thoughts on “Vision Statement

  1. It seemed to me that PowerPoint presentations had much more value with they were rare. Now that they are commonplace, students seem to listen less in class and try to copy the slides. I have found it beneficial to use such presentations occasionally and rely on other methods– some non-technology based– much of the time. Of course, I do teach on line from time to time. I guess that offers a pretty steady diet of technology.

    James Alexander

    • In most cases I would agree with you. In this particular school I was teaching in technology was something new. Most of my students (6th graders) did not know what a PowerPoint was so it had the effect I was wanting from time to time. I do agree that you should not use technology as the only method. I believe that students need to use other concrete items such as their text. books since they need to learn how to read dense material. Thanks so much for your post.

    • Powerpoint is the most overused technology out there (see Death by Powerpoint http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint : ) . . . and it is a teacher-driven technology. If students are trying to take notes, then they are having no use of technology. Interactive Whiteboards offer students a chance to use the technology . . . but “Students respond positively to technology in the classroom.” best when they can directly use the technology with laptops, their mobile devices, and even in a computer lab.

      • Thanks so much. It is one reason I am really looking forward to being in this class. I think that teachers (like me) depend too much on powerpoint because it is easily accessible if the school is low-technologically speaking, but we don’t really explore what else is out there. Mainly because we aren’t aware of what is out there and how to utilize it. That is why I chose this course. Thanks so much for your reply. Keep them coming.

  2. Melodee,
    You have a good flow to your vision. Be careful on your first bold heading. You are imputing your opinion “. . .but I believe . . .” I like how you incorporated the links within the text. It makes each resource easy to access the moment it is read.
    With the last point and comments above, I agree that students respond positively to technology. When my laptop was being fixed I had to switch to conventional means. That’s right, I dusted off that silly overhead projector. My class was completely out of order. The students looked board and completely uninterested. It was a huge down grade from the usual of my students interacting with the Promethean Board, moving objects around and causing things to make sound.

    Great vision,
    -Cassie

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