Technology, now more than ever, is becoming such a big part of education and our world as a whole. It is very rare for someone to go even a day without using some sort of technology, especially the children that are growing up with technology built into their everyday lives. Students are already accessing and building their knowledge of and with technology, so why not put that knowledge to good use? I believe that students today are benefiting every time they have a chance to work with technology.
This semester I am teaching in a transitional first grade and as I have been taking over more responsibility in the classroom I have began teaching the math lesson everyday, which always starts on the smart board. Whether it's just showing story problems or giving the students the opportunity to interact with the board, we start there at the beginning of every lesson. As we have been discussing integrating technology more and more into the classroom, I have started allowing the students to interact with the smart board as well. These interactions range from moving objects around to using the markers to answer question or share answers with the class. Since I have began allowing the students to be the ones interacting with the smart board, I have noticed a higher level of engagement as we work through the lessons.
The experience that I had with technology as a moved through grade school was positive, but limited. As I was moving through school I did not have the opportunity to see technology integrated into a lot of the lessons, mainly because it was not available at the time. However, now it is! I think educators need to take full advantage of it. On top of the endless activities and resources that can be found through technology, the range of availability it opens up to diverse learners is unlike anything we have had access to in the past. The wide range of accessible knowledge that is provided through technology is almost unbelievable. I truly believe that the more students today use technology, the more their minds will grow and continue to grow.