Beginning Technology

After reading the technology standards given to us through blackboard and reading the performance profiles, I’ve realized that I’m at the beginning stages of my understanding of technology. Some students in my classes are at different levels with their performance profiles which brings in an interesting blend of knowledge and experience; it’s nice to know that some of my peers have worked with children a lot, some of them even with children. My six specific goals for technology in the classroom are to:

  1. demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies. – this is so important when considering the fast pace of development in technological societies! All teachers will need to stay informed about updated technology by taking classes and by using and studying resources likes books on their own. Independent study will become a necessity for educators everywhere.
  2. design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners. – Ensuring that the correct technology is being used for the correct age and needs of diverse students is so vital to the student’s success! First graders shouldn’t be using graphing devices on computers and developmentally disabled students shouldn’t be using equipment that is easily broken. It is up to the teacher and national/state standards to judge which technology is appropriate for each individual student.
  3. apply technology to develop students’ higher order skills and creativity. – Creative art on computers is growing so quickly; photoshop is a common tool and there are dozens of free art sites online. Applying these art sites to a student’s educational and personal life could help them build a creative outlet without having to spend an astronomical amount of money. Online projects also cost less state money for classrooms and they take up less space in classrooms.
  4. apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students’ appropriate use of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity.
  5. use technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.
  6. promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.
I feel that these goals are so attainable and one of my favorite standards is the 5th on my list because of the “lifelong learning” component. If technology is used and implemented correctly, students will be able to learn forever by using tools from the classroom. Another one of my favorites is the 6th on my list, the safe and healthy use of technology resources. Surfing Facebook all day is not a valid source of informational technology. Hopefully if the right mindset is taught to children at an early age, they will not feel the urge to mindlessly click their mouses for 17 hours on a Saturday. It’s such a huge responsibility to be a teacher and implementing these technology techniques will be easier for teachers, students, and the well being of students in the future.


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3 responses to “Beginning Technology

  1. Melissa, I really enjoyed reading your post because I think all your goals are important ones in which can significantly impact your career in a positive way. I also agree that being a teacher is a HUGE responsibility, and with goals and guidelines such as these, it makes our jobs a lot easier. Great post Melissa!

  2. Great post Melissa, I really enjoyed reading your goals. I agree, I feel a major goal as an educator is to encourage students to be life long learners and to give them the skills to continue to learn throughout their lives. If students are able to expand their knowledge on the use technology then they will have found a great resource to take with them .

  3. Melissa- I really like your goals but especially like your commentary, you are one of the few who did it this way. You have a great attitude toward learning and I hope you pass that on to your students. You really nailed it with teaching them how to learn, being able to learn independently may be the greatest skill we can teach our students.

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