Nowadays, technology has become so essential, so advanced in society that its integration into classroom instruction is imperative. At Regan Elementary teacher Chris Chadd is a big believer in the benefits of technology in the classroom. A quick review of the posting on Ypress.org Chris states “I feel like it’s my job to prepare my students for what they’re going to face tomorrow, and it’s a scary future. I mean, we don’t know what we’re going to have to face, but I guarantee that technology is going to be in that future.”
Technology changes teaching in the capacity that it allows teachers to more thoroughly engage the students in specific assignments. Technology allows teachers to gain and hold on to a student’s attention and interest. It opens the door to a wide range of teaching possibilities and addresses special needs concerns, and equity within the classroom. Using visual and auditory technology through computer lessons or games may enhance all students learning abilities whom learn by visual, tactile, and auditory styles.
Even Ehow.com makes a good point for computers in the classroom. The article states: “Visible benefits have been seen in students who are exposed to more technology in classrooms and who use more technology at home for school-related purposes. Some students showed faster learning with a greater depth of understanding.”
Take a look at this blog http://anncarnevale.edublogs.org/ Bits ‘n Bytes is a blog created by Ann Carnevale (Instructional Technology Specialist), and geared for the elementary teachers. It is intended to be a vehicle for sharing information and news related to technology use and integration, as well as some of the best and most useful websites.
Or this one, where Elementary technology is taken to a new and exciting level. Think pupil podcasts, biology blogs and high-tech, video-integrated online reports, all within the elementary classroom.
Lastly take a moment to review my collection of documents/weblinks in my LiveBinder site. This collects the currentWashington State’s standards for educational technology and the trends for K-12 technology for 2010.