When I consider the reasons that I have for becoming a teacher I realize that the use of technology is critical. Students need to learn through technology because they are “Digital Natives”, as Marc Prensky notes in his work. Technology is what they know. It is second nature to them and because of their use of it throughout their lives their brains are hardwired to learn via technology.I believe the biggest obstacle to teaching the “Digital Native” will be the resources and equipment that we will have available for the students. Another challenges is that we as teachers prepare ourselves and get the training so that we can use the technology to its best advantage for our students.
Being able to integrate technology into my teaching in the future is an exciting prospect. Honestly when I envisioned being a teacher I didn’t think of it in terms of technology. I pictured the classroom as it has been for years. It is exciting to rethink the way students can be taught using today’s ever changing technology. On teachbytes, a blog written by a technology teacher, he presents a great post about integrating technology in the classroom versus using technology. He presents a chart to show the key differences. We need to be able to integrate technology in the classroom as teachers. Technology needs to be a routine part of the classroom and used mostly by the students. The possibilities are endless such as using technology for activities that would be difficult or impossible to do otherwise. If we can engage our children and teach them using technology we will have moved forward with the shift and the students will be learning in a way that is in line with how they live.