Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Using Technology to Engage and Motivate
I'm in a unique situation with the Global Learner program in that I've been an elementary technology teacher for the last 3 years here in the district. I've had the opportunity to use many of the new technologies introduced recently and seen how they impact learning. The greatest benefit to using technology in the classroom is the way our kids react to it. Their eyes are locked onto any type of screen and they drink in the content. I've seen the excitement they show in anticipation of getting their hands on technology and how they become engrossed in learning. Kids raised in this media rich culture are engaged and motivated to learn by - you guessed it - media rich lessons. Our jobs are to connect the technology and media into quality lessons our kids can really buy in to and get excited about while reaching educational goals. I can't wait to hear all of your stories of how your students' eyes light up when you introduce these media-rich, engaging lessons.