Thoughts and Feelings- Week 1

In week 1, we were introduced to the importance and impact of technology use within the classroom. Although we will not be taught how to use devices such as an ipad or a smartboard, we will be given the opportunity to use webpage and blog technologies. Both the webpage and the blog are highlighted as a good tool for reflection and for storage of our work.
I left the lecture feeling slightly overwhelmed. This is because I have never been one to use technology to its full capacity. I am very unaware of what each piece of technology can do. I hope to come out of this unit feeling more comfortable with using different types of technology. In saying this, I am still skeptical about the over use of technology in the classroom. This may be deemed as an “old school” point of view, but it worries me that having so much technology available to students will reduce the amount of contact a teacher will have with their students. I can also see the positive side to technology use in the classroom. Here is a link to an interesting website that makes some very positive arguments for including technology in the curriculum, http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/effectsstudents.html

My learning strategies so far in this unit involve a great deal of ‘Googling’ and talking to other people. At this point in time, I have not found either very helpful. Google gives a huge amount of information and I feel like I’m being bombarded. When talking to other students, I find that they are as lost as I am. I am thinking that using the discussion forum on LMS would be a good way of gaging if I am on the right track, as well as using the Technology Toolbox for Teachers. Either way, I am positive I will be able to work through this assignment successfully.  

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