Saturday, February 11, 2012
Resources & Competency?
One issue I have noticed with the use of technology in English classrooms is the fact that not every school will have access to these resources. Typically one views computer literacy as only being capable of using various technologies in a competent manner. But I would like to argue that in order to possess a greater competency of technology, one must be able to teach lessons concerning the technologies without actually having access to the technologies. Naturally this does not remain ideal, but not every school has the same resources. Also note that technology often fails us, and when it does we must be able to find a way to improvise. If I plan on teaching a lesson on how to evaluate internet resources by using Wikipedia as the subject of my analysis, then I ought to be able to teach the lesson without access to computers. This can easily be accomplished by printing out the article and analyzing in class with the students. Now not every lesson can be modified in such a manner, but one should learn how to quickly improvise when teaching, in order to become a more effective teacher.