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Technology….Blessing or Curse?

March 2, 2009

A colleague of mine just sent me a great article about e-learning which, in part, inspired me to start this blog.  I’ve been using a SMART Board in my classroom for about 3 years now and I have to say that it has changed the way I teach considerably.  The students seem to be more engaged and thus, more in touch with what they are learning.  I also use  wikis, Google pages, etc. with great success.

Lately, I have been somewhat frustrated with the pace of change in our school system.  By embracing technology and using it in my classroom,  I find myself feeling an overwhelming desire to forge ahead and try new things.  This is where the problems begin to surface.  I find myself constantly battling for more resources, bandwidth, understanding and acceptance.

No one wants to hear that textbooks are obsolete!  We have money budgeted for that, so let’s spend it!  We can’t shift the textbook money over to technology.  It was not budgeted for that purpose!  I could go on but this post could end up being more of a novel if I did.

Basically, I am looking for a way to keep moving forward with the use of ICT in the classroom in spite of all of the problems I am facing.

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