I had an interesting discussion with one of my colleagues this morning. I was sharing information with her about the Edmodo training group that I had done about Web 2.0 Tools. She asked me a few questions about what I had learnt and I showed her my blog and Twitter feed. Her responses made me realise that I need to continue asking these questions about my teaching practice:
- What Web 2.0 tools are effective in MY classroom?
- Am I just throwing technology tools at my students and expecting them to use them?
- Are my students learning how to use these tools effectively or do they just have surface knowledge of them?
- What do I want to see happening in my classroom as a result of the use of technology?
- Are my reluctant learners taking advantage of the fact that they can use the laptops to play games and watch videos that are not relevant to the curriculum?
- Are my reluctant learners and EAL students being overwhelmed by the curriculum and use of technology that they don’t know what they are doing?
- Am I teaching the correct skills in my classroom? Are they learning 21st century skills that they need in their lives?
- Is technology just being used in my classroom because the school wants it and being a technology leader I’m expected to do so?
- Is technology just being used as a substitution model in my classroom or is it redefining the learning in the classroom?
As term 2 draws to a close, these questions swirl around in my mind. I will need to do some thinking over the 2 week holiday period and decide what my focus will be in terms 3 and 4 in regards to technology.