January 20, 2013

Well for the first time in my life I have a blog! All of this technology in one weekend is quite the experience. I only wish that I could have had more experience with technology while I was in High School. It was practically non-existent in High School, we thought we were something else with the electric typewriters and using Word Perfect 7. When I went back to college four years ago I was shocked with everything that students were using for assignments, wow if we could have had easybib, what a life saver. I think that I have adjusted fairly well over the last four years, I would have loved to have gone through a school system that was as advanced as the ones shown in these videos, I think I would have benefited greatly from an experience like that.

I watched the videos for High School students, because I want to teach Special Education General Curriculum and work with High School students. There weren’t any videos specifically for Special Education, but I would be working with them in all areas of education and would need to be familiar with all subjects. I was shocked at all of the new techniques and approaches that are available to teachers today. I think that it is great that teachers are able to tap into these resources and expand upon their lesson plans. I think that it creates a change of pace for students and offers a variety so they are not stuck in their seats listening to a lecture and not able to apply the information they are receiving to a real world application. It helps hold their attention, especially for students have attention deficit disorders, and keeps them more actively engaged in the lesson.

I can see the benefit for school systems in utilizing new technology. It would cut down on expenses in the long run and create more opportunity for the community as a whole. The community would benefit from a better trained work force and have a greater potential of bringing in businesses that are looking to relocate. The school that my kids are attending utilizes some technology by using white boards, video projection systems, SCORE, PASS, Drop box, and Destiny. Watching these videos about learning Matrices made me really excited for the future of education and the added benefits that technology is providing, while there are new problems with language skills that children today are developing while immersing themselves in cell phones and mobile devices. I think only great things are to come for education and I think that by utilizing technology with will continue to advance as a nation and hopefully begin to catch our children up with some of the more advanced nations.

 

Information on the Technology Integration Matrix is located on a website produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Quality, College of Education, University of South Florida      (http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/faq.php).

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  1. Brooke MelvilleJanuary 20, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    HI Tracie! I can definitely relate to your comments about how things have changed since you were in high school. I graduated in 1991, and things were so utterly different then that my daughter would be shocked. I remember taking Word Processing in high school, and am amazed at how software has changed over the years. For my first job after college, I worked as an editor for an editorial service. Our systems were completely DOS based, and we employees resisted switching to Windows because of the learning curve. I look back on what we were using at that time and laugh. I have to admit that I love technology, but I also am slightly intimidated by new things until I have time to completely throw myself into learning how they work. Since you’ll be working with high school students, you’ll probably be surrounded by tech savvy people. I love how upbeat you are about the future of education. My hope is that we can all continue to feel that way once we’ve been in the classroom for several years! Too many of my teacher friends try to dissuade me from pursuing this dream, which I find disheartening.



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