This course has given me a lot of insight as to the importance of technology in a classroom. It truly is an incredible resource and can benefit students of all kinds. Software such as Photoshop, SMART technology, and more allow teachers to reach out their students in ways they previously could not. For example, creating a lesson using SmartBoard technology and software can create an environment that engages the students and gives them a reason to enjoy school. It is important to get the students out of their seats and moving so that they remain engaged.
Blogs, social bookmarking sites, and Twitter are also key components for teachers to implement in the classroom. These allow teachers to reach out to other teachers, educators, and administrators for new ideas, tips, techniques, and resources. Teachers are able to share their work with others and post pieces created by the students.
Technology has come a long way and it is not slowing down. It is important for teachers to be on top of the newest and up-to-date devices and programs to ensure that they are able to connect with the students and be as helpful and beneficial as possible. Children are going to continue having the latest technology in their reach or even in their posession. Therefore, teachers must be able to accomodate these devices in assignments and activites.
I definitely have taken a lot away from this class and I intend on incorporating technology into my classroom as much as I possibly can.