I attended the Educational Technology Conference at Gregori High School on Saturday. The array of technology demonstrated blew my mind. It showed me that I am a chalk, blackboard, pencil and paper teacher before I am an expert in technology. I know that most of my students are not familiar with most of the software that was displayed and demonstrated. Most students can work a smartphone and connect with social media.
I still believe that a teacher does not need technology in the classroom of the sophistication demonstrated at the conference. Of course, I have access to more teaching resources, but I still believe that a teacher, a chalkboard and willing students are all we need to have a superior and effective education.
I have a computer in my classroom. It is great for taking attendance, recording grades and communicating with parents. However, my students do not need a computer to be an independent thinker, an effective learner and a great communicator.
I want to thank all the presenters and organizers for an excellent conference.