Reflection Module 6 Technology Integration and Concepts-EDTC 6431

Reflection Module 6

Technology Integration and Concepts-EDTC 6431

This week we focused on two websites: 180 Technology Tips and Community Clips.  We also read several articles that presented and supported different ways to integrate technology into the classroom.  Additionally, we watched several videos about various schools that have had tremendous success integrating technology into the classroom. Within all of this shared information I realized I am feeling more and more comfortable with the thought of technology and how to integrate it into my future classroom.

As I researched 180 Technology Tips and Community Clips I found the information to be a bit basic, even for me.  Although both may be full of simple processes to help support technological integration they did not demonstrate tools or ideas that I do not already know.  However, I feel that these tools have a place and they can be extremely useful to those teachers who have no real computer skills.  They could be the simple, daily reminder that we as teachers always need to be ready and willing to learn more and try new things.  I have signed up to receive the 180 Technology Tips and, although I may not need any or all of them, I will be reminded of different uses and tools that are constantly at my fingertips.

The readings that we were presented with this week covered multiple areas of integration.  I appreciated how The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition explored how, “technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives. Technology is impacting all of our lives, and especially the lives of students, in new and expanding ways.” I thought the adoption timeline for age specific skills in relation to technology was enormously helpful.  The article resonated with me, reminding me that technology is very much a part of our students’ lives; but it is what we as educators choose to do with it that will make the difference: to promote skills that empower students should be our goal.

Furthermore, I appreciated seeing the actual uses of technology in the videos presented.  While I know that not all schools or districts have as much funding as those presented in the videos, it was amazing to see the integration and total adaptions these schools have taken.  With that being said many of our class discussions revolved around the funding, or lack thereof, for this technology.  Throughout these discussions some brilliant ideas were shared.  I really appreciated my classmate, Jennifer Simonson’s idea, “…why not create a vocational class that teaches students to be the school and possibly district IT ‘help desk’?  Teachers and administrators could use this class to field questions and submit work requests.  The vocational students could teach mini-lessons in classrooms around the district.  Students are great resources.  We should be leveraging their knowledge too to fill the technology information gap that exists between students, teachers, and administrators.”  This simple yet powerful idea not only helps teachers and administrators to improve their individual skills but it promotes teamwork and collaboration all the while empowering the student.

All-in-all this week proved to be another profitable week for collecting tools and integration skills.  I feel that each week I am getting a better idea of what may or may not work in a classroom.  I am learning that as with much of life, one must always be trying new things.  I love the idea of embracing the student’s skills and building a curriculum around this while empowering their desire to share their knowledge. I found this one last article, Empowering Students as Agents of Change, which demonstrates the idea that together we (students and teachers) can all learn!

References:

“2010 Horizon Report: The K12 Edition.” Our Web Publishing Platform — NMC Words Pressed. Web. 10 Aug. 2010. <http://wp.nmc.org/horizon-k12-2010/>.