My Teaching Philosophy
Educational technology is a driving force to restructure schools. Technology is an appealing medium which can potentially facilitate effective teaching and learning as well as increase efficiency and productivity. At present, a variety of technologies are available to assist learners in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Many of the new technologies can support research, analysis, problem-solving, and communication process more effectively than the traditional resources. The value of the educat ional technology should not go unnoticed.
Teachers teach as they have been taught. If we want to infuse technology in education, we must teach teachers to use technology in an effective manner, and keep them informed and motivated. Teacher education programs should take an initiative to bridge the gap between theories and practice and provide effective teaching models for teachers to follow. We, teacher educators must demonstrate a vision of technology integration and stay abreast to assume leadership. We must also address the reality issues by providing teachers sound experience using technology with useful, practical, and manageable approaches.
Teacher education professors should understand the range of possibilities for technology in education, be proficient in the use of technology, and integrate technology into existing courses, and furthermore, model the use of the technology throughout curr iculum for inservice or preservice teachers.
Working with teachers and students in urban or suburban setting is necessary and requires good program planning and continuous efforts of cooperation and collaboration with teachers. From my experience working with teachers in the local school districts, especially the Milwaukee Public Schools, I developed sound strategies. I accommodated both teachers' and students' needs in using technology. I provide them with positive experiences that they can benefit from. I teamed up with the local technology c oordinators to survey teachers' needs and provided them with meaningful and manageable tasks and pointed them a right direction to locate solutions. I...