Thursday, November 26, 2009

Small towns and Technology

Education Technology classes offer new ways to teach using technology. While this seems like a very interesting idea, some argue that smaller schools may not have the resources to use these tools. After talking to my father the other day, I realized that these technologies are slowly entering classrooms all over the world. For nearly 20 years my father has been working for the Perry School District. He told me that he had recently gotten a projector for his class that uses a camera. The ELMO is seen in almost every class at UNI and is a very important tool in college classes. My father has used a simple projector for nearly 20 years and is now excited to use the ELMO. This isn't the first time I have heard my father talk about new technology he is getting. A year ago he was able to get a set of graphing calculators, which he uses to help teach his students about sloped and curves. Because he was able to teach them to use these calculators now, when these students will be able to spend less time learning about these calculators, and more time using them. Getting cutting edge technologies into classes sometimes seems like an impossible task, but it can happen slowly but surely. By having new tools in the classrooms, teachers are able to enhance the students' learning experience.

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