Thursday, January 28, 2016

Technology Integration & What to Consider


Technology in the classroom can be so exciting! Just thinking about getting the students engaged with all the activities you can pull up with just a click of a button is exhilarating. But what should we consider when we’re preparing a lesson using technology for our students? First and foremost, in my opinion, it is extremely important to consider the students that do not have access to such fast paced technology at home. To some students, writing on a chalkboard may seem like too slow of a process and you may lose their attention, to others it may be exactly what they need. This same situation can occur when using technology. For some, it may be exactly what they need to focus and get involved, to others it may be confusing and too much at one time for them to center their attention on it. With that being said, I think the best way to handle this is to always keep lessons at a “walking” pace. Even if 90% of your students know the system or application you’re using inside and out, walk the class through it as if they don’t. I won’t go so far as to say, not to incorporate technology because learning how to use it is vital to their learning, especially as they grow older, but be mindful. Secondly, we should be cautious not too assign too much out of class work that involves technology. We often forget how privileged we are or were as students ourselves, and we need to remember that some students do not have access to computers and/or Internet. Some students also do not have someone to drive him or her where they can use one. Thirdly, I think it is important to be well practiced yourself with whatever you are using. Students have limited time to learn inside of a classroom and it will help things move fluently if you are well acquainted with your software, system, application, etc. Technology has advanced rapidly over the past decade and it is our job to keep up. We need to ensure that any technology we integrate into the classroom is user friendly for both the teacher and the student and that it is free of any pop-ups or anything that can make a student feel unsafe. And finally, it is of upmost importance, to have fun with it! If all the precautions are taken to make sure each student feels that have an equal opportunity to get involved and learn from this technology then you have done your job. Technology opens up a whole new world of learning for students and they deserve to have access to this knowledge.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Goals!

Although I have not entered into the Education Program quite yet, I am preparing to fall into the world of teaching. I chose to take this course on Educational Technology to prepare myself for what's to come of my college career. I find myself quite intrigued with blogging, and I network with a few very successful bloggers. Simply creating this blog already has me excited for the upcoming assignments. My goal this semester is to take in as much information about this technology and any other teaching programs, software, systems, etc. I can get my hands on. Technology is not only something to relate to the future, but it is our present. I find it necessary to get knee deep in it and get ahead so when the time comes to teach younger generations, we're fully prepared. I feel as if we often run into the "problem" that students can organize and network more efficiently than teachers can, and I think it would be beneficial to a classroom if the teachers were able to be ahead of the game. We also know that attention spans are not quite as long as they used to be due to advanced technology, which is another reason it is important to know a variety of ways to keep the students listening and engaged I hope throughout this course I am able to find myself in a position of being able to accomplish these things. When I enter a classroom I want to be able to create excitement and passion for learning through user friendly tools. I look forward to the different modules of this class so to speak and I am ready to learn to teach!

About Me!


Hello and Welcome to my blog! 
I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I'm enjoying creating it! This is a first for me, but I've always wanted to blog and I network with quite a few successful bloggers, so hopefully I'll find myself in their shoes!

My name is Ashley (Crews) Benjamin, my wonderful husband is Derrick, and our beautiful son is Gabriel. We are still adjusting to parenting, since he's only been in this world 9 little 'ol months and it has been quite an adventure, but we have loved every second of it! I am from Augusta, Georgia and I never get tired of this town. Although, I also never get tired of traveling! 

I am currently working towards my Bachelors degree in Psychology and looking to acquire my Masters in Education after graduation. As long as I could remember, I've wanted nothing more than to be a teacher, but after a few years of working in Hospice, I became interested in the study of human behavior. I wanted to find a way to integrate the two, and I think I made the perfect choice for myself. I enjoy working with children, but specifically watching a child gain the knowledge he/she needs to accomplish every task, goal, or dream placed in front of them. As technology advances, I find myself having to work a little harder to keep up with students just a few years younger than myself. I am looking forward to learning more about blogging as well as other educational software to be able to incorporate with future endeavors. I also hope it allows me to help my little guy as he enters into the world of knowledge!