State of Ed-Tech in the middle school classroom.

For me the most interesting graphs in the Media Smarts publication, were on page 49.  In essence, the graphs are examining the importance placed on understanding the online world, and being able to interact with it in a competent, safe way. The difference in the importance given to these abilities dropped drastically, as years of teaching increased. It stands to reason, that the less experienced teachers were generally younger than the teachers with more years of service. My university studies began mostly in the physical library among the stacks, but as the years passed, I found myself using online databases and journals to do my research. The utility in using key word searches, automatic citations, and various other technologies made the research element much less time consuming. My direct experience with the utility of the resources and tools, no doubt directly influences my pedagogy. I’ve used it, I’ve seen the results, so I understand it’s merit.

Without that experience, which many of my older colleagues didn’t have, I can see how methods more rooted in their own experiences would be the ones they might gravitate towards in their own teaching. A key element of educational technology one must always keep in mind then, is generational relevancy and personal bias. Examining my own bias, I find that I usually dismiss social media applications as unworthy of serious consideration. Of course, social media is probably the least utilized form of communication in my own life. As I move forward in my educational career, I want to understand what is important to my students in terms of technology, and try to keep an open mind to new ideas.

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