I guess you could see Technology in Education is almost a hobby of mine rather than just an interest. In my spare time, I like to read about and look for ways to use different types of media in my classroom. Even though it has been frustrating at times, I have been lucky enough to be the technology leader and coordinator for my school for a number of years. I enjoy showing other teachers what they can do to motivate kids with all the great technologies.
I was so excited when I learned that Huntsville City Schools decided to implement a 1:1 technology plan for our schools and students. I began researching and planning all types of ways the students would learn! They were going to be so motivated.
Unfortunately, I have been rather discouraged this year. Our technology implementation has only led to teachers using textbooks online and administrators being able to require more online, high-stakes testing in the name of accountability. What I thought was a frustrating battle to get teachers to incorporate technology into the curriculum is now a faint cry in the distance as teachers scramble to improve test scores and struggle with students who are more technology savy than most.
I am anxious to begin a discussion with my peers of EdS. students at the University of North Alabama. As teacher leaders, we are looking for answers and understanding. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson will help lead my discussion on the integration of technology into our schools.