I enjoyed reading this article, and the attempt it made to acknowledge the power of technology and the use of it in education. From the example this article explored (moon simulation), shows the many different ways that ICT can be used to stimulate the imagination of students, help them make meaning, and evaluate the outcomes. What resonated with me was the quote, “… the call to educators is the same—adapted to meet the needs of our rapidly changing technology” (p.1). Like the article had mentioned it’s about developing the teachers ICT competence. The use of ICT for creative teaching, learning challenges a person’s computer technological skills and ways to integrate these skills into delivery to the students. I think we play such an important role in designing and planning stimulating environments that offer a variety of experiences.
Choosing and knowing the correct ICT products can also be a struggle. I found a great blog called iLearn Technology that provides many new and intriguing open source tools for the classroom. But as I learned, it takes many hours out of my day to learn how to use these new tools. However the investment of my time to learning these new technologies I believe has definitely made an impact in my classroom in regards to engagement.
Another quote that resonated with me was, “technology is always changing and jumping from one ‘revolutionary’ invention to the next, then, in time it takes to learn how to use that technology, it has already become obsolete” (pg.2). Our school purchased a smart board for each grade level and now we have begun the journey of how to incorporate this new technology in the classroom. A smart board has so many options that it has definitely taken a long time to learn how to use it and how to use it effectively. I agree that it’s not about “chasing” the new technology but, “developing strategies and approaches that are flexible and context sensitive, that we can best serve our students” (pg. 3).