"What Is Your Favorite Ed Tech Tool?" written by Paul Wurster
I originally picked this article so that, as a future teacher, I could see what would be the most beneificial peice of technology was to own. After reading this article, it seems as though the most important item varys from person to person. It turns out that many of the educators who participated int the poll had a hard time picking one single item. The poll was split up into the following catagories: Internet tools/resources, general productivity tool (word, excel, etc.), interactive whiteboards/projectors, Web 2.0 tools, and portable devices. The results fell in the same order. The Internet tools/resources came in the lead due to the basic uses of email and search engines. Secondly, general productivity tools came next becuase of the use of programs like word, excel, and powerpoint; which educators typically use on a daily basis. Interactive whiteboards/projectors, Web 2.0 tools and portable devices all came in generally close to one another. Participants in the poll mentioned how interactive whiteboards and smart board revolutionize and transfor the learning envioronment. They also mentioned how it helps students who are visual learners as well as helping ELL, becuase it engages and gets students involved in their own learning. For web 2.0 tools people mentione things like Google Docs and Moodle which can help with collaberation. For portable digital devices people mentioned things like PDA's, cell phones, laptops, and one person mentioned a Kurzweil. (Anyone know what a Kurzweil is? I'm interested to find out... the person commented "If my classroom was on fire, I would grab the Kurzweil first" - let me knoe if you find out what it is...) All in all, it seems as though the preference for Ed tech tools is wide ranged and open for interpretation, although all the tools help make a more effective learning enviornmen. I still feel that the old "outdated" tools will still be used to make learning fun, angaging and effective in class.
As a future teacher I believe that the roles in technology will be more and more prominate and that everything will be a good use. I feel that when Im teaching technology will be a large role in my classroom. Currently I work with computrs on a daily basis, and I have no idea what I would do without my PDA, IPod or Kindle. I cant wait to find out how else I can encorporate technology into my curriculum.
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