As far as my skills with technology goes, I have been learning a lot lately. I know a decent amount about powerpoint but lately my friends at home have been teaching me about computers. I have learned how to build a computer by hand, install windows, go in the bios and change things in there to make your computer run smoother, and how to fix a few basic problems. I am pretty proficient with Excel because my job last year in the Financial Aid office had me dealing with Excel consistently. I am starting to become more comfortable with technology as I learn more.
Teaching with Technology means being able to take your subject matter and figure out new and inventive ways to incorportate technology into your lessons. Back in high school, I had a math teacher senior year who tried to incorporate technology as much as he could. He was able to use his computer and a projector to show us riemann integrals and how to find the area and volumes of curves. By seeing it on the screen, it made a lot more sense to me and my classmates. I hope to be able to take the skills I learn in this class and apply them to my classroom in the future.
The biggest challenge of teaching with technology would be to make sure I understand everything I am about to show the class. I know I have the knowledge when dealing with certain aspects of technology but I have a dendency to doubt myself. My biggest challenge is going to trust my knowledge and believe in myself that I do know what I'm doing.
The benefits of technology is that technology gives another way for students to learn and understand material. It can be especially helpful to visual learners who are having a difficult time understand a specific concept. It also gives a chance to demonstrate things that can not be done with a pencil and a piece of paper or chalk and a chalkboard. For example, it can show things in 3D such as planes or cubes or other concepts that may be difficult to picture in your own mind. Technology can help demonstrate these points. Technology can also give a new way to involve the students. Each new generation is becoming more proficient with technology because they are growing up with it. By incorporating something that the students may already be familiar with, the students can become more active in the classroom.
From this course, I want to learn more about specific ways of incorportating technology into the classroom as well as becoming proficient with them. I know a lot about powerpoint, excel, and word but I think it would be interesting to know the newer technologies such as the SmartBoard or more ways to connect a computer and projector up so that I can show things from my computer to the rest of the class.