Watching some of the YouTube clips on the study desk like A vision of todays students got me thinking about my future as an educator and how ICT will play a major role in how I teach.
When first thinking about integrating ICT into the classroom, I was hesitant. I expected this task to be difficult and inconvenient; time consuming and stressful. This attitude of not wanting to change and try something new is portrayed in the Karl Fisch ‘what if’ clip. This is probably a fairly common feeling for people when presented with something foreign and unknown. But the more I think about my future as teacher I realise that I am lucky; lucky to be beginning my journey at a time of such change, growth, development. ICT is changing the scope of how we teach and how we learn. Although I feel apprehensive about learning about all this new technology, in the end it will make my life as a teacher so much easier. I won’t be limited to the traditional teaching strategies that I knew as a school student, but instead I will have a whole new range of strategies and learning activities that will help to engage and teach students to the best of their abilities. I am not meaning that the old ways are wrong or that ICT is the only way to go, but instead that we now have more options in our ways of connecting with students and I think this can only be a good thing.
In saying this I am still nervous and I do get frustrated at times using this new technology! But I am excited and encouraged to learn.