Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Could We Be Relying to Heavily on Technology In Our Classrooms?

Technology in our classrooms allows us to teach our students using the resources we need to create successful learners.  In today's classrooms, everything is dependent on some sort of technology.  We take attendance on our computers, we input grades into our computers, we create lessons and worksheets on our computers, we even use computers to help teach our lessons.  We are so dependent on technology in our classrooms that I think some have lost sight of where we have come from.  The big question to ask is, What if we lost our technology and had to teach out of a book or using a chalk board? 

I use technology everyday in my classroom and in my personal life.  I could not imagine not having the use of my cell phone or my computer.  The point that I am trying to make is that we need to have a balance of technology use in our classrooms.  I feel that by over using technology we are showing our students that we need to rely on technology in our lives.  To a certain extent we do have to rely on technologies to help assist us in our daily lives.  We cannot solely rely on technology because if it were to fail then we would not know what to do.  I believe in showing my students some technologies but also showing them the skills they need to survive without using all of the technologies that have been created for us.  I like to have my students participate in many hands on activities such as building and drawing just so they can get a feel for what it is like.

I would like to know peoples thoughts on this.  Creating successful learners is our ultimate goal as an educator.  Do we use a balance of technology and hands on activities?  How do we know what the balance is?