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Pressures of Technology

This is going to be a short post but I felt that it was one that warranted it’s own post.  After reading through the blogs and articles provided by Dean I felt a sort of pressure to delve in head first to the opportunites that technology allows educators to be involved in. I say the word pressure in a good way.  The pressure I felt, was more of a I don’t know where to start kind of pressure.

I did not realize the impact that blogging could have on the world of education. A question I was left with was, how do we as teachers sift through all the information out there and decide what/who to follow? How do I as a new teacher, in my first teaching job effectively implement technology, all the while ensuring that I am meeting the needs of my students and dealing with the pressures of being a first time teacher? This question scares me but this is definitely something that I am willing to take on and learn from the experience.

Does anyone else struggle with this part of integrating technology into the classroom? I would be very interested to hear from you and how maybe you overcame the fear of where to start and how to start.

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7 thoughts on “Pressures of Technology

  1. Start by picking one thing. Blog, wiki, whatever you choose, but start with one. When you have become comfortable with it start with something else. One thing that I consider is to not use technology for the sake of using technology; use it when the technology will enhance student learning.
    The great thing about ECMP classes are having the opportunity to find out about and experiment with many different instructional technology tools. Then when you are planning your units you can think about what tools you would like to use to enhance your unit and student learning. You then will not have to search around as much to find the right tool because you have one you can start with and have some experience with.

    1. You have made a really great point here Darin. I couldn’t agree more that we should not use technology just for the sake of using it but rather use it to enhance student learning, as you stated above. Do you think that if we take the time and really learn about one specific tool at a time we will find that many tools out there have numerous ways in which they can be used in the classroom?

  2. I’ve often thought the same thing Nicole, so I’m glad you mentioned it! There is such an overwhelming amount of resources out there (Both good, and not so good), and Darin, I’ll be trying that too 🙂 Thanks!!

  3. The blog is a tool for reflection and sharing which should be foundational in learning. The blog does offer some unique opportunities for feedback. The big ideas is how will your students share and reflect on their learning? If that happens without a blog, that’s good. However the other added idea here is the ability and possibility to connect to those outside your classroom? Does that even matter?

    1. I absolutely think it matters. I think students, some more than others, feel pressure to say the right thing to impress their teacher and their peers. I think when we give students the opportunity to connect to people outside of the classroom students may feel less apprehensive and more comfortable to share their true thoughts. I think it is important for students to feel comfortable in their writing and not judged. I do not know exactly how you would get students to this point but I certainly think it would be beneficial once they reach that point. I know that I am struggling myself to really feel free to say what I want and write thoughts that might not be fully developed before posting them on my blog.

  4. This is a great discussion you have started, Nicole! I definitely agree that there is a lot out there and it is hard to know where to begin! I personally plan to start a classroom blog in my first year of teaching as a starting point. I think it is essential to introduce students to these new ways of sharing their learning slowly. A “slow release model” will allow the teacher to feel confident that students are learning, and will also ensure that students gain an understanding of how to engage in discussions without being left to their own devices. Obviously, the extent of the “release” looks different depending on the context (grade level, previous experience, etc.)

    Dean — I definitely believe there is great power in using technology to connect to the world outside of the classroom. People no longer live, work, and play in isolated communities. As teachers, we must teach our students safe and meaningful ways to connect to the world, while increasing their understanding and appreciation of the world at large.

  5. Hi Nicole, I also suffer from the “I don’t know where to start” syndrome. There is so much to discover and I feel like I don’t yet have the confidence to know how to integrate so much of it into classroom lesson plans. I think as we grow more experienced it will flow easier and ideas will come. I think Darin gave great advice to just start with one thing at a time and expand on that. I also think that it will help us all out a lot when we teach our mini lessons to each other about the various tools out there. Thanks for sharing your post, it made feel like I’m not alone with my fears in this big, wide world of technology.

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