Technology Integration Plan

Technology Integration Plan - Dave Carrier Edu 261 MW...

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Dave Carrier Edu 261 MW – 11:00a Technology Integration Plan Technology is a term that refers both to the tools that a society has access to, and to the application of those tools. There has been technology since the emergence of the first humans; obviously, early technology was very basic. In the modern age of human society, technology has become impossibly complex, and is evolving and emerging constantly. The very society within which we live is built upon a foundation of technology that has become so complex that it would be impossible for any single person to comprehend. Fortunately, the technological framework upon which our society is built does not require any one person to understand it in its entirety. It does, however, require a very large number of individuals with specialized mastery regarding one or more specific facets of modern technology. In addition, every member of society needs to possess a functional understanding of how to interface with the technological facets of society. It is to the peril of the individual to lack the ability to interface with the technological components of modern society. Further, it is to the peril of society to allow its members to lack this ability. Schools are one of the primary vehicles by which societies maintain and advance their social structures. Functionally, schools serve to maintain social structures because society dictates, in a top-down style, what it is that schools must teach, and what schools should not teach. Additionally, schools advance social structures because they are largely responsible for the intellectual and moral development of the future generations of society, who will one day play the primary roles in determining how society is structured, and what society values. This dynamic is an important part of how society perpetuates and evolves itself. The preceding paragraphs represent important parts of the overall theoretical framework that will influence how I, as a teacher, will use technology in my classroom. It should be clear by now that I believe that schools should bear much of the responsibility for teaching computer technology skills. I feel that this is extremely important because our entire society now rests on the back of computers, and it is critical that every member of society have at least a functional understanding of how computers work. Beyond that, computers will be the primary mechanism for societal change from now into the foreseeable future. It should be easy to conclude that for schools to be able to effectively continue their role as an important vehicle by which society maintains and advances its social structures from one generation to the next, they must bear responsibility for teaching computer technology skills. As such, it must follow that I, as a teacher, would integrate computer technology into my classroom environment and lessons. I will now begin to explore exactly how I envision myself doing this. As I continue to learn more about the actual process of teaching, my personal
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course EDU 261 taught by Professor Delong during the Fall '07 term at University of Maine Orono .

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