I am the Instructional Technology Specialist for Forsyth R-III School District. I have had the privilege of spending my teaching career at Forsyth Schools, and transitioned from a high school math teacher to my current position when the district implemented the 1:1 technology initiative. My goal is to help both students and teachers foster the love of education by helping them find creative ways to deliver educational knowledge through technology.
I am a lifelong resident of Taney County, a Forsyth School alum, and now enjoy watching my own children attend as the district embarks on the adventure of educating students growing up in the 21st Century.
Why Technology Is Important in Education
As the career skills have changed over the last several years with the increasing amount of technology required, educational systems have been forced to recognize that teaching pedagogies must also change. By providing students with laptops, the educational knowledge that was formerly limited through the usage of a single textbook, becomes infinitely more through websites, online tools, and immediate feedback.
Technology allows students to collaborate and communicate with peers, build critical thinking skills, and present ideas using creative formats, all of which are necessary in today's career fields. Technology allows teachers to increase engaging opportunities in the classroom, have real-time access to how students are learning, and provide students with opportunities that were previously inconceivable.