My school days were quite different from our current educational system. When I was in elementary school, there was not a computer lab at my school, so there were not Accelerated Reader tests to take, web sites to visit, or an ActivBoard to use. I was fortunate, however, because my dad was really into computers, so I got a chance to use a computer at home. My first experience with computers in school was in tenth grade, when I took a Keyboarding class. My teachers did not use technology within their classrooms, except in the few computer classes that I took. In college my professors expected me to be able to write papers using a computer, find websites that were helpful for other people in the class, and make presentations using PowerPoint. My graduate school professors pushed me further into my use of technology by assigning projects, such as building web sites and starting a blog. I have since learned to use wikis, blogs, podcasts, and create digital movies. I feel that sharing these tools with students helps them to think more deeply about what they are learning. Seeing what my students can make using technology makes me very excited!
What has your school experience with (or without) technology been like? Do you see any changes in the near future? How do you feel about using technology for school projects?