Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Moving Toward Dynamic Technologies

Static versus Dynamic Technologies
I believe after reading this Module's readings that I am somewhere in the middle. I rely heavily on email, wikipedia, and blogging when it comes to communicating and getting information. Most of the research I do is online and it comes from databases such as Academic Search and ERIC which are resources for unchanging information. Whenever I want to communicate, I either email a group member or text a friend or relative and sometimes I even page the person if I feel it is urgent. I seldomly use SKYPE even though I am familiar with the technology in theory, I , however, am not comfortable with the technology. I have just recently learned how to use a microphone to record audio files on my computer and through trial and error, I am currently learning how to use and record images on my webcam. I am learning slowly how to use dynamic technology but if I had to choose, I would prefer to stick with static because it is not as threatening or as stressful to navigate. As I was reading through some of my classmates mind maps, I saw that their views on static and dynamic were similar to mine. For instance, Nikisha Greer's blog post suggests "that dynamic technology is an important aspect when preparing students for a future based on new technologies" (2009). I agree, new technologies are emerging daily and the best way to prepare for them is to use them and become familiar with them. Another interesting comment I read came from Shauna Cromwell in regards to her teaching style. Like Shauna, I must admit that I am stuck teaching in static mode also. I am comfortable in static mode but this mode is not the best for my students and that is why I am taking these classes because I want to move passed my comfort zone and into the new century taking my students with me as I go. A link to Shauna's mind map is presented below in the resources.

Greer, N. (2009). Wikispace. Retrieved from on November 10, 2009.
Greer, N. (2009). Nikisha Greer Blog. Retrieved from on November 10, 2009.

Shauna Cromwell

Shauna Cromwell

1 comment:

  1. Ametha,

    Unlike you and Shauna I don't want to teach with static technology. But with limited resources at my school, I have no choice. I need to have my children (7,5,3) show you have to use the webcam. They make little videos singing and dancing all the time; esp during holidays.