Technology has flipped the entire world and with this change education is no longer boring and monotonous. With the integration of technology, education has become very interesting due to changing patterns in curriculum and teaching methods. During the 2011-2012 school year, 6th graders had an experience with 1:1 laptops and available to all grades were 2 carts of iPads, which were in high demand all the time. This school year we have launched iPads 1:1 and have had a successful 8 weeks of implementation in the Middle School with this method of educational technology. There are many applications through which teachers can get connected with their students whenever and wherever and vice versa. Classrooms can be more interactive and teachers can flip their class and what a learning experience it is!
Also this school year was the introduction of two major Software’s (Veracross and Gmail) in addition to the implementation of iPads. At times, MS IT was overwhelmed with all these various changes. What makes me more confident and areas where I see myself growing is learning new things and having a vision of how connectivism has transformed technology implementation and taken it to the next level.
I can see my school is growing and can see myself growing as well with the increasing quality of our educational programs. Educational technology plays a very important role in our development. The Internet also challenges us to change our role as educators and the way we teach curriculum to make the most of it with changes happening rapidly within the last few years. We have gone from white boards and books to a more web based learning approach.
Teachers and students are able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to and the technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based. Another added bonus is the availability of students to work collaboratively. The work is becoming increasingly collaborative with an abundance of resources which are Internet based.
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