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 Some schools will be very out-of-date, and teachers will not only have to learn (or re-learn) older computer programs and processes, but will have to limit their students’ progress to the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.