Another very important goal in the technology and education world is that of best practices when using technology. From my experience teachers have gotten into a pattern of using technology as an extra tool, something students can use when they are finished with the work they must do. In the few years that I have been in education technology I have see a slight shift in the teachers I work with, but they lack the understanding of how to integrate technology in a seamless manner mostly because of lack of understanding. Many districts are making blended learning a goal to not only help with the technology integration (lack of technology is no longer an issue when you’re working with station rotation) but also individualized learning. Blended Learning places the student(s) at the center of the learning experience and work towards creating a more student centered learning environment. This type of learning takes the best of what teachers are already doing and what technology can offer and combines the too, students are no longer using technology when they are finished, technology is tied into the learning experiences.
Technology can be used to support teaching, learning, and school administration because we no longer are confined to the four walls of our classrooms or buildings. Teachers and school administrators have always had access to learn from each other but with the use of technology we can learn and connect with those from around the world. Teachers can share ideas, lessons, best practices all from the comfort of their classroom. This is something that prior could never have been imagined, as educators we learned from reading books and attending classes. Today teachers and administrators share on blogs and through webinars and digital textbooks that can be downloaded to your iPad. Technology hasn’t just changed the way students learn it’s also having a huge impact on the way teachers and administrators not only learn but connect with each other. These tools are offering up learning experiences that take students (and teachers as well as administrators) beyond the classroom walls.