The readings for this week were also very interesting. I was surprised, for instance, at how much technology and computer use is coming into the elementary classroom (compared to my experience as a student). While I'm sure it varies from school to school, technology is being introduced to kids when they are younger and younger. I suppose this is a good thing in today's society that is so centered around being technologically literate; however, reliance on technology at a young age does make me somewhat nervous. I think it's important that children still learn how to communicate successfully without technology. If kids rely too heavily on communication through computers, for example, they may not develop the necessary oral communication skills that are so vital. The text mentioned spell check and how that feature is good for students who get "bogged down looking for errors" and "lose focus of their main goal" (Hamilton 89). I agree that some students can lose their focus when worrying about mechanical issues; however, those issues are an important aspect of learning language as well.
I'm not saying that exposure to technology is bad. On the contrary, I think it provides many opportunities for learning. I just think as future teachers, we cannot lose sight of the fact that everyone has a different learning style. Some students may not benefit as much as others from doing things on a computer screen. I know that personally, most of the time I still have to write things in front of me with a pen/pencil before I turn to my computer. We just have to remember that providing variety and options in the classroom is key.