One of the great things about the Discovery Educator Network is that it’s comprised of educators from all walks of life- educators who have taught for two years all the way to twenty-two years or beyond! As educational trends come and go, it is the educator who must continuously adapt to new innovations. And as technology evolves, so does the world around us. Our students and peers communicate in a number of ways, and thanks to cell phones and faster Internet connections, the world seems to be a smaller place. What was once deemed avant-garde to some is now considered necessary by most. In no other place does that ring true than today’s classroom.
When you walk into a “typical” classroom here in South Carolina, what do you expect to see? What are the tools in today’s classroom that you feel are essential items for teaching and learning in the Palmetto State? For those of you who have been career educators, we would like for you to take that a step further. How is the classroom of today different from the classroom you would have seen 10 years ago? 20 years ago? [GASP!] 30 YEARS AGO?
Defining technology is no easy task. As educators, “cutting edge” classroom technology can vary by state, or perhaps more accurately, by exposure to resources that are available to educators. While a lot of folks have their own idea of what the classroom of the future might look like, it is safe to say that those classrooms will contain educators who will look back at our images today and wonder, “How did they ever get by without –?”
Let’s have some fun! Please take a minute to reflect on your years in education (those years could have taken place in a classroom, library/media center, or behind the desk as an administrator). Take a quick stroll down memory lane…and take us with you! What did your classroom look like as a first year teacher in regards to “technology?” What types of tools did you use with teachers in your library? Which methods of communication did you rely on for your faculty and staff?