Hmmm, initially my thoughts on technology were how are we incorporating the use of computers into our classroom and how can my students use them other then to word process. These were my thoughts prior to 2007 when I was appointed a “Smart teacher” and a Smartboard was installed into my classroom. Since that time, I have been on a technology roller coaster.
Technology itself has evolved immensely since my education began. Teachers wrote on chalkboards, used overheads or filmstrip projectors to enhance presentation and a gestetner was utilized to duplicate handouts for students. Later photocopiers were commonplace and computer labs were put into our high schools. My computer class consisted of writing programming using a flow chart template. I really can’t remember what happened to the work after that!
Times are definitely changing. I think the most important thing to remember is we teach children. How to engage my students in learning and problem solving opportunities as to prepare them for the changes of the future is my goal. George Couros (2015) writes, “To succeed, they (students) will need to know how to think for themselves and adapt to constantly changing situations” (Innovators Mindset).
How are educators assessing the use of technology in their classrooms to ensure it is enhancing the teaching and learning of curriculum as opposed to using technology to doctorate curriculum? Is this assessment on-going?