I love most things having to do with technology. Ipods, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging (obviously), imovie, laptops-both pcs and macs, digital cameras, document readers, LCD projectors, and the list goes on.
I like the creativity that technology gives me. I can't draw or paint and thanks to technology, I don't have to. I can create slide shows set to music, photo collages, and about a million other things for both personal use and for teaching.
For example, today in my classroom I am using a clicker game. I've created several different files of questions with multiple choice answers. They are projected onto the white board by computer. Each student has a remote-like clicker and "buzzes" in their response. When everyone has buzzed in, the program will tell the correct answer and how many students buzzed in for each response. When we finish a game, there is an instructor report that will project a summary of how each student (by number of clicker) performed on the set of questions. It's a lot of fun and can be used in a variety of ways. Oh, and it is a great way to cram in one last review of terms for the State Assessments.
I've been eyeing the Ipads. I think I would probably like using one. Of course, it isn't in my budget right now, but maybe someday!
One technology that isn't hard for me to resist is the electronic reader. I like books. I seem to have a shorter attention span reading on a computer. I don't need a short attention span when I read books. I might like reading newspapers or magazines on an electronic reader: no clutter or inky hands. (Of course, for a magazine it would need to be a color e-reader. Add another chunk of change.) I guess I like paper. In fact, putting this blog in actual book form is a goal of mine. One of these days...!
The problem with all this technology: it is expensive and it becomes outdated so quickly. I also have to confess that I can spend an awful lot of time creating lessons. Technology doesn't really save much time; every form of technology that I use to teach a lesson represents quite a bit of work.
I love technology, but have I mentioned that I only like it when it works? When there are problems or malfunctions I'd pretty much like to pitch it out the window. And I think that makes me a typical American! Most of us know just enough to be dangerous.