Monday, June 26, 2006

6/26 - TIE

This past week I was able to attend the Technology in Education conference in Copper. Overall, I think that it was a great experience to see some of the new technologies that are being implemented into schools. I was surprised in how little some of the teachers knew and also how far ahead some schools already were. The biggest surprise was when I was sitting with a group of math teachers and they were stuggling with some of the operations in the graphing calculator. I thought that I was far behind the curve, but I was trying to show the other teachers how to use them. I think that a lot of the schools that I heard about that were far ahead of the curve were small school. They were schools that had every student with a graphing calculator and laptop, or at least a school set for every student. I know that they are on the right track and we need to figure out ways to make this happen for all schools so that No Child is Left Behind. I did not leave the conference feeling that I knew much more about any one area but I did leave with a lot of resources and ideas that I can try to implement to improve my class for my students.