Philosophy of Technology

My Feelings on Technology in the K-12 Classroom

At this point in my life, I feel that technology is a huge asset to have in the classroom. It is a tool that, if understood and used properly, can make teaching easier for the teacher and learning easier for some, if not all, of the students. There are many different ways to learn and using technology can address some of those ways, for example using videos, pictures, audio clips, music, etc.

However, when using technology, you have to keep in mind the fact that technology sometimes fails. I have had this happen a few times in the classroom. Sometimes the video you are showing stops working part way through. You have to think about making sure all students can see and hear. This may require rearranging the classroom. Sometimes the Smart Board doesn’t work properly. The Smart Table, which is like a Smart Board but in table form, is difficult for younger students to use because you need so much pressure to move things on the board. While technology can be great, it also has its problems.

I think it is important to incorporate technology in the classroom. Your students are already using technology, and often times, one or two could show you some things you didn’t even know. We should take what many of our students are interested in, technology, and use that interest to our benefit. It is important to give guidelines so students know what is expected but allowing them to explore within certain boundaries is important too. They need to see what they can do and it is your job as the teacher to show them. Also, I think using technology is not always the best way to teach a lesson or topic. If you overuse it, it loses it benefit. You should choose your method of instruction carefully.

Technology is all around us. New technology is coming out all of the time. It is your job as a teacher to make sure your students understand how to use that technology safely. If it is a daily item in your classroom, I feel it would be beneficial discussing, especially with older students, proper and improper uses of different forms of technology. Also, come up with a set of rules together as a class to follow when using technology in the classroom. Technology can be great but, like any tool, it must be used carefully and thoughtfully.

Some Beliefs

It should be kept in mind that these are just some of my beliefs. There are many beliefs I may not realize I have because the opportunity to realize said beliefs has not occurred yet.

  • I believe it is important to incorporate technology into the classroom.
  • I believe it is important to keep learning about new technology. We as educators need to be life-long learners that that includes a life-long learning about technology. Because technology is such a part of the present culture, we need to be aware of what is out there and to keep learning about the new and changing technology around us.
  • I believe it is important to be critical of what you find online and to keep in mind that not every idea is a good one. In other words, not everything online is of quality.
  • I believe we as educators can learn from our students. Technology is one of the ways we can learn about and from our students.
Published on January 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

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