Saturday, April 2, 2011

Technology and School Budgets

As always I am surprised and realizing all these great tools that are out of the web.  What is even better is that they are free to use.  It gives teachers a great opportunity to evolve from less pen and paper and expand their horizons and take form to the online computer world with their students.  I am not saying that would be the easiest thing to do.  As I am thinking about it and I am becoming a little stressed.  I am the type of person who writes their paper by hand before typing it, prints out things to read, and also prints out information when purchasing things online. Which I have to say I did alot more this past holiday season and I really stepped out of my comfort zone.  I know it sounds silly but I have always felt uncomfortable shopping it is not safe...that someone would steal my identity but I guess that can happen anywhere.  I guess what I am saying for teachers is may be posting questions on a blog instead of copying 200 sheets.  Have student collaborate on a wiki about a topic they are learning.  Also students could create podcasts that assess what they have learned by students speaking about their answers.  I feel that with these tough times that it would be nice to save money with all the free online tools than taking teachers out of the classrooms.  I believe that with all the new types of technology out in the world there has to be a way to save money without taking teachers out of the classrooms.  But that is my naive thought on it, I know that it is not that easy.  Just like trying some of these types of things like wikis, video streaming, and podcasts.  It is not easy to try new things but I really think that it would help educate students especially ones that are growing up with this type of technology.  It is the way the world works now.

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