PIDP 3250 Inspiring teachers to use technology

I wanted to share this video on my blog as it follows on favorably to a previous posting I made about technology in education. The purpose of this video is to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher order thinking skills. All teachers should watch it as this video really put some perspective on the use of technology in the classroom, and its importance in education. New technologies have emerged, and so has the cry for us,as educators,to find meaningful ways to incorporate these technologies into the classroom. Technology is a ubiquitous part of students’ lives. It is transparent. Most homes have connected computers or Internet-enabled devices. Students these days have more knowledge of technology than their teachers. Technology helps change the student/teacher roles and relationships: students take responsibility for their learning outcomes, while teachers become guides and facilitators. There is a growing body of evidence that technology integration positively affects student achievement and academic performance. Technology impacts achievement in content area learning, promotes higher-order thinking and problem solving skills, and prepares students for the workforce. I believe it is critical to update our own skills, in order to be fearless in the face of technology, as this may determine our future success as educators. I believe we should use technology only when it enhances a lesson, it should be used to help us to teach better and in more meaningful ways. We should not use technology just because it is technology, but because of what it can do. As educators we need to find ways to use technology meaningfully. I am just beginning to explore the true potential technology offers for teaching and learning. I know that my understanding and awareness of the types of technology that exist, and the way that it can be implemented in the classroom is growing. I am excited to try new things with the students and learn with them. There are still so many different applications when it comes to understanding how to best use technology in the classroom, so many different types of technology itself, and so many ideas on how to integrate technology that it creates a daunting feeling at times. I realize that if used properly, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy. This video certainly inspired me to try harder to integrate technology into my lessons. We really need to use the technology of today in the classroom of today.