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Teaching Technology Philosophy

Technology and its implications are seen everywhere and this is for both
adults and children alike. With todays students the most plugged-in generation
to ever walk the earth, the value of technology is often taken for granted.
(Waiting Room, 2011) Todays students are using technology more than just for
educational uses, they are using it as a form of communication and
entertainment in their daily lives. With technology playing such a vital role in the
lives of both adults and children, schools need to find ways to prepare students
to become digital citizens within society. How can we achieve this job today? As
educators, we need to give them the skills, knowledge and teach them how to
use technology as a tool, not just for entertainment where they are unable to
imagine a world without it.( Waiting Room, 2011) As educators, this is a great
opportunity to educate both adults and children on the options technology can
give them.
I am a 5th grade teacher at a small school in Nebraska. I currently have 16
students in my classroom that all have a MacBook computer. Being 1:1, we are
able to use technology on a daily basis within all subject areas but I understand
how important it is to teach the kids that technology is a great tool that can
benefit them academically not just for personal entertainment.
Within my classroom, I try to challenge the students to be creative in a
higher order method when it comes to using technology in the classroom. One
way that I incorporate the use of technology is through assessments in my

classroom. I use various assessment tools, for example Schoology or Kahoot on


a daily basis to gage what my students are learning. Not only am I using
technology as an assessment piece, but I also use it to allow the students to be
creative in the classroom by making iMovies, PowerPoint presentations,
recording their voices while they are reading a passage and even creating and
posting articles to our classroom blog. The use of technology is endless when it
comes to incorporating education.
Integrations of technology in schools has changed todays education and
also the way teachers and students use their classroom. (Sahakov, 2014)
Todays education has changed immensely with one major change being the
pressure to do well on the State Standardize Test. Today, the State Standards
are raising the bar on how we as educators are teaching our students. Lindsay
Daugherty stated in Early Education Plays Role in Bridging the Digital Divide,
As soon as 2015, most states will move to computer-based standardized
testing. If we do not educate our children on how to use technology effectively,
will the children do as well as they can on the test? Our children need to have the
tools and knowledge of what is being placed in front of them before we expect
them succeed on the test. Check 4 Learning, C4L, is another tool that I use in
my classroom to help my students become familiar with the online test that they
take in the spring. Not only are my students familiar with the lay out of the test,
but they are also using the tools and tutorials to help them answer questions in
Reading, Math and Science.

Using technology allows educators to refine teaching strategies and


learning processes, and to be more inclusive of all types of learning styles.
(Hollenbeck, 2009) Technology is a great tool that allows me as a teacher to
reach out and help all my students no matter their background or academic level.
I am able to take each of my students learning styles and incorporate the use of
technology to help benefit them. Cooperative learning and communication by the
users is one great way that I can use technology to address the diverse group of
learners in my classroom through the use of PowerPoint, Google Doc, iMovie,
the choices are endless but all of these tools of technology would increase the
cooperation and communication of my students, which to me is an important
asset to my classroom environment.
Through technology that is offered in my classroom, I would like to have
my students in Social Studies to discover the differences between the cultures
around the world by using the World Wide Web. By seeing the differences and
similarities of other cultures, I am hoping that it would create views that bring new
ideas and practices to my students. To display their findings, I would like the use
the idea of semantic webbing ( Saravia-Shore, 1992) by allowing the kids to
make a web, Prezi would be an online tool that is very easy for older elementary
students to use, of what they attained from articles, stories or movies that they
researched from other cultures. This would allow us to have a visual to display
and share what was learned. This use of technology will create an environment
that fosters student learning and self-esteem, but empowers educators to go
beyond their traditional boundaries. (Hollenbeck, 2009) Students and adults can

now use technology and its implications to become contributors to todays


culture.

References:
Hollenbeck, James. (2009). Using Technology to Bridge the Cultures Together
in the Multicultural Classroom. Retrieved January 19, 2015 from
https://drive.google.com/folderview?
id=0B0furo7_ulDCMGFZZ2hPblBvUXc&usp=sharing
Sahakov, Roman. (2014, January 15). 2 Pros And 2 Cons To Education
Technology. Retrieved January 26, 2015 from
https://drive.google.com/folderview?
id=0B0furo7_ulDCbm5vWnY4TjZqVzA&usp=sharing
Waiting Room. (2011, June 30). Teaching with a No-Technology Day. Retrieved
January 26, 2015 from https://drive.google.com/folderview?
id=0B0furo7_ulDCbm5vWnY4TjZqVzA&usp=sharing
Daugherty, Lindsay. (n.d.) Early Education Plays Role in Bridging the Digital
Divide. Retrieved January 19, 2015 from
https://drive.google.com/folderview?
id=0B0furo7_ulDCMGFZZ2hPblBvUXc&usp=sharing
Saravia-Shore, Marietta. (n.d.) Chapter 2. Diverse Teaching Strategies for
Diverse Learners. Retrieved January 19, 2015 from
https://drive.google.com/folderview?
id=0B0furo7_ulDCMGFZZ2hPblBvUXc&usp=sharing