To start off I feel I must offer some of my personal (and sometimes not so positive) opinions in relation to technology and online resources. So please read with a light heart and possibly a little sarcasm. 🙂
I am a Computer Applications teacher for grades 9-12 and I finally landed on this career planet by starting off as a Marketing/Advertising Major in college with career stops as an Advertising Sales Rep for a newspaper, Hotel/Motel Group Sales Rep, and then taking a life/career evaluation by waiting tables and working at every PT tourist destination in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It was during this time where several of the many tourist keep asking me if I was a teacher, Me – No……Tourist – well, you should be. Hmmmm…..thus the still small voice that we all hear about gets me thinking. So it was not long that after I found myself enrolled in an education program to complete my teaching certification in Business. In this teaching program I only took one technology class……somewhere along the line I learned a lot of what I teach now because I don’t remember where or how, it’s like it just naturally absorbed into my brain. I say I am self taught by just trial and error but I must give credit to my student teacher I worked under….he had some fantastic lessons, some I still use.
Sometimes I don’t even like technology. What!?!? I bet your saying this lady probably is a crappy teacher! But you would be quite wrong. My happiest times are in the classroom and I LOVE teaching my sweet angels how to use technology as a positive use for education and in their future careers. And I LOVE all the new things I have learned in my online class last semester. (and teach to my students) Quite frankly I find it all little overwhelming at times! I sometimes don’t know what to do with it, how to use it, where to start…to the point that I just set it aside.
I function just fine without it and have all my life. So really, I guess I should say I love technology….I just don’t let it be the ruler of my life. I still own the basic LG Flip Phone (greatest phone ever I might add) because I don’t want to spend the money for Smartphones and I don’t feel the need to have access 24/7 to everything and everybody. I have an Ipad that I hardly take to work or use and I just recently purchased an Ipod touch because I miss having music (that’s easily transported) in my house. My other one was stolen and after 2 years I finally replaced it. I don’t have a GPS, I use my brain and a map…..but if I ever have the opportunity for a new car I might just add that feature because it’s cool!
I grew up on a farm where I fed baby calves, worked in the hay and tobacco fields, worked in the garden and then went back and fed baby calves again. I rode bikes, built forts in hay barns, and played like a normal child. My only 2 technological devices were the Simon – which I credit to my visual learning and memorization skills. I also had an Atari. I didn’t have everything I wanted just everything I needed. Which probably relates to me not caring about having every new technological toy known to man.
After teaching I have no desire to sit in front of a computer (taking online classes is currently hard for me) I would rather be in the mountains hiking, riding bikes on the greenway or just living life.
I force myself to get acquainted with and learn new technology just for the sake of my students because I know they will soak it up like sponges and they’re going to need it to be successful in the 21st Century World we live in.
So…..I just wanted to “briefly” share my thoughts (I really could go on) in hopes of bringing some understanding to my views about technology. In the case that you read something during the course of this class that makes you think…..what is she talking about?