Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reflection Time

Going over all the different technologies that I have learned about, I can honestly say that I am gobsmacked. I thought I knew about most things that are out there but again wow, there is more then I could have ever realised.

Although I am not studying teaching, I can see many of these technologies being used in the library, and indeed in my own personal studies. Already I am thinking of how I can use VoiceThread for an upcoming assessment piece where I am supposed to create an oral presentation through flex learning.

I can definatley see the benefits of implementing these technologies in classrooms today. Students today are far more tech aware and tech savvy then ever before. By introducing technology into the classroom you are engaging the students simply by using resources that they are familar with.

Naturally, there are going to be parents that will object to the use of so much technology, to the point where the feel students are going to rely to heavily on these technologies. So it still remains important to know how to create a balance. Students still need to learn to write by hand, learn to read a book and find resources relating to their subject from sources other then the internet. But too much of this tends to lead students to boredom. So its important to find just the right balance.

Overall, I have really enjoyed looking at and experimenting with these new found technologies. I plan on using them throughout my time as a librarian as well as using them in my own personal study.

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