How has your opinion changed (or why has it stayed the same) over the past 11 weeks regarding Technology Integration?
This is the first class of my masters program, and I have to say that I hadn't given much thought about technology in the classroom. My vision of teaching elementary students stems from my days in K-6. Let's just say that is has been more than 20 years since I was in elementary school and much has changed; computers for students and teachers, new technology including whiteboards, new subjects, new expectations, etc.
When I walked into the classroom, I don't think I expected to be exposed to really anything that I don't encounter in my every day life. It would be an understatement to say that I was very wrong. In this class, I have been exposed to tools, concepts and was of approaching lessons that I have never considered.
My paradigm has definitely been changed. I would have said that my role as a teacher was to help my students master the material in the lesson and inspire them to love to learn. Now, I realize that it is not about what my students learn, but the means in which they learn it.