As a kindergarten teacher, technology can be a difficult task to implement in the classroom due to the fact that 5 year olds can not be independent with the devices. However with that being said, I pride myself as being an early adopter of technology and welcome it with open arms and a critical eye. When my daughter came home with a device that her school district had given her, I was excited to see how they were going to use them. This excitement was quickly replaced with disappointment. My daughter was working on her algebra homework and I noticed that she was getting frustrated with the assignment. I quickly went into teacher mode and began asking questions to help her problem solve. After a few eye rolls and some choice words said under her breath, I found myself sitting next to her watching in disbelief. She was simply clicking through the program and it eventually gave her the answer. She was literally guessing her way through her homework. To help gain a little insight and possibly uncover a clue to help her with the math concept, I asked her what she was taught in class. With another eye roll, she said that they were taught how to use the program. Can this be? Are teachers being replaced by technology?
Hopefully we can learn something from this story and continue to look at technology in the classroom with a critical eye . Technology is somehow becoming the teacher and not a tool to the teacher. Many districts are continuously rolling out new curriculum/apps that do all the teaching. Put a student on a device and magically the student will learn! Well, we all know this is not the case. Teaching is an art form! There are many nuances to teaching that a device cannot respond to. Simple things like, what are the students eyes doing, what is their body language telling you, how does the student look today. Simply stated, teachers need to take heed in my story and to, PLEASE use technology responsibly by using it as a tool for your teaching and not to replace your teaching.
Remember…There is no substitute for a good teacher!
I believe that the foundation of all learning begins in the home and all students are "OUR" students.Not yours, not mine but OURS.