Day by day, I observed technology being more recognized and used as an instructional tool in classrooms. Still, I, as an educator, was certainly less comfortable using the technology than the majority of my students. I did use technology in my classes, but was mostly just using PowerPoint. I would like to be able to seamlessly integrate more technology tools into my everyday classroom. That was my main goal to take ED 508-OL, Technology as Pedagogy.
This course has not only affirmed my goal to seamlessly integrate more technology tools into my everyday classroom, it also given me principles, guidelines and many practical tools to do that.
I would very much agree with what Sharp wrote in 2009 on p. 337 that because of the increased access to computers, teachers were concerned about the effects the computer has on instructions. Her brief rundown of some of the important research studies on computer-assisted instruction took away my doubts and affirmed my goal.
From my own teaching experience, I can certainly say that to motivate students is one of my most important tasks. Once …