21st Century Learning & Technology

Personal Philosophy of Education - Specific to Technology and Learning:
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Integrating Technology Into Our Instructional and Assessment Practices

Guiding our students to become proficient and skilled in an ever-changing technology-driven world is imperative.  Our 21st century learners are often adequate consumers of technology, but how many are being given opportunities to become innovators?  Creators?  To do that, they must develop sophisticated skills that require more than tapping touch screens and clicking links.

As a teacher with a passion for technology, I believe it is important for all students to develop not just technical skills, but the companion skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, inference, collaboration, and above all, communication.  They must build confidence in their skills and abilities so they can master not only today's technology, but become the innovators and creators of tomorrow's.

In order to accomplish this, their teachers, instructors and facilitators, who are responsible for creating the learning environments, curricula, lessons and tools that facilitate our students' education; these education professionals must also become innovators and creators themselves, not just consumers of technology.

Using Assistive Technologies To Support Student Learning:

Beyond the obvious devices created specifically for learning and physically disabled students such as the DynaVox™ or Braille writers, many technologies initially developed to ease or make more efficient day-to-day processes have also found their way into the hands of teachers and students alike, and for some, these "repackaged" technologies have enabled students the ability to participate, communicate, contribute, create, understand and even play in ways they were unable to previously.

As a teacher who is passionate about making sure every 
voice is heard in her classroom, I believe these technologies should be explored fully, not only for the students with identified or diagnosed disabilities, but also to encourage those on the margins, those who struggle to find their voice or express their idea.

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