Being able to incorporate technology into the daily lesson plans offers the teacher an endless possibility of communicating the subject through multiple modalities. Technology within the classroom can be seen through proximas, ELMO’s, DVD’s and websites that are incorporated to teach the students. Educators should be open to learning and incorporating the many opportunities technology brings to the classroom. Although technology has areas of strength and weaknesses, if learned and implemented creatively and efficiently students learning will be impacted greatly.
Today’s students immerse themselves’ daily in multiple sources of technology. They are visually stimulated by the sites and networking readily available to them. When they enter the classroom they are confronted with no technology and a teacher who lacks the tools necessary to close the gap between the advanced generation and the teachers’ lesson plans . It is crucial for an educator to learn how to use the technology to facilitate student learning. Jean Piaget wrote, "The new methods [teaching] are those that take account of the child's own peculiar nature and make their appeal to the laws of the individual's psychological constitution and those of his development" (Lever-Duffy, 2003,p. 16).
In order to facilitate student learning as a teacher we must be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of technology. Technology allows students to engage in every aspect to communicate what they have learned. Every student has a different way of expressing acquisition of learning, and it is through technology that we aide them in expressing them. Technology allows students to work independent and collaboratively to achieve the maximum learning objectives. Some areas of strengths include multiple ways of creatively assessing student learning, students are able to communicate what they have learned via power point, movies and word documents which stimulates interest which in turn facilitates learning. Students take pride in their final products and stand tall when having to present their knowledge to the class.
Although the strengths are many at times the weaknesses of technology outweigh and cause educators to steer away from the implementation of such within their classrooms. Many teachers are faced with technology management problems. The lack of appropriate rules implemented at the beginning will create an atmosphere of frustration for the teacher. As the members...