A Guest Post by The Teacher
As a teacher I have been one who has had abundance and had none but the bare necessities. So what is my preference? Well I really think that I am a situational technology user. I don’t use it every day, I don’t have to have it, but I enjoy using it to add to the diversity of my classroom. When I first started teaching, I had 2 computers, a teacher computer and a student computer. My TV was a 20Inch tube that had no running VCR or DVD. I had very little. I actually brought in my personal TV from home which wasn’t in use and purchased a VGA converter to use my actual teacher machine to project a video clip, pictures, and PowerPoint presentations. In my middle years of teaching I had so much technology, I felt I could have shared with those that didn’t and been just as well off.
To have technology is extremely important for our future generation since most jobs and or avenues of like revolve around it. But I feel we too often use technology as the only way to allow students to succeed. Where in all reality, it is only a tool to be used wisely and in most cases can be. While on this side, I don’t think it is wise to require or demand teachers to have to use technology. I know personal teachers who use very little technology and their students do just as well if not better than those that use it over pervasively.