Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Role of Technology
When I was in Elementary School, the only time I used a computer was to do Accelerated Reader quizes. My family had an old 1985 macintosh desktop computer, but I did not use it very often and we were the only family I knew with a computer. We used laser disk players to watch educational movies. In Middle School, we used a computer to make power point presentations and write papers. However, we did our research at the library, with a card catalog. We used overhead projectors in the classroom, too. In High School, I do not remember there being computers in the library. Most classrooms had a few computers, but we used them mainly for the word processor. When it comes to technology, my students will definitely have a vastly different experience than mine. They will be doing the bulk of their research for projects on the internet. They will not use paper card catalogs. They might even read many of their books online, as opposed to the actual bound book. By the time I am actually in the classroom, I am sure that technology will have changed even more and will be an even bigger part of a student's life.