Feelings on Technology in the Classroom

I think that within the K-12 classroom, one of the biggest difficulties with creating a lesson plan involving technology is being able to adapt to the technologies available to a school.  Some schools will be very out-of-date, and teachers will not only have to learn (or re-learn) older computer programs and processes, but will have to limit their students’ progress to the capabilities of the available technology.  For example, in our elementary school, there was a row of computers in the front of our lab that still used tiny monochrome screens.  Working on these computers slowed you down incredibly, and the teacher had to consider this when making the lesson plan for the entire class.  It was kind of one of those “you’re only as good as your weakest link” situations.

A lot of schools, my high-school included, have access to great amounts of technology, yet a lot of it goes unused, and the students don’t even know what’s really available to them.

On top of the school’s limitations, you have to consider the limitations of the student’s home computer setup.  One way to address this is to make sure the school has computers readily available for students to work on after and before school so that they have a fair chance at completing assignments.

2 responses

  1. Access and equitability is always a concern and in many cases the real barrier to effective use. That said, there are examples of classrooms making great use of technology with limited resources. One trend to watch for is students bringing their own devices. From laptops to cellphones to ipods, these are all technologies that can be used for learning…it’s a question of rethinking school and that’s not easy.

    January 15, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  2. kylerask

    I have never thought about the lack or abundance of technology based resources in the schools before and how they do differ. Where you have to learn a new program or relearn an old one it all has to do with the “always learning” that they stress in EPS.

    Another thing i just thought of is having to possibly learn an entire new Operating System (Ex. Going from a Mac to a PC or vise versa, or even just From XP to Vista) it may take some practice and you may even have students that know far more than you, who is just trying to learn it.

    January 20, 2008 at 5:05 am

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