Purpose of Technology in Education
Technology can be viewed as an imperative tool educators use to provide and improve outstanding instruction. Students over the last decade have been inundated with various types of technologies nearly every day of their lives. They have become accustomed to interacting with handheld devices that provide instantaneous information or feedback. Teachers are now able to harness their technology expertise and transfer that knowledge into a creative teaching tool used to prompt discovery education, develop critical thinking, and enhance student success (Reddy & Bubonia, 2020). When technology becomes part of the curriculum, teachers see more excited learners as they master content and skills that become valuable after graduation.
Meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities is another purpose served by the integration of technology into classrooms. English Language Learners or students with visual impairments now have accommodations at their fingertips. Accommodations such as text-to-speech, color overlay, text color, and enlarged print or magnification are now individualized without any disruption to the overall instruction (Reddy & Bubonia, 2020). Streaming services with autogenerated captions are standard defaults for videos uploaded to online platforms to assist those with auditory hindrances (Google, 2022).
Furthermore, the access to classroom education that is granted utilizing the world wide web offers the ability for students to work on their education at their own time and pace. Secondary students can review classroom lectures and notes, interact with lesson content, view tutorial videos, and submit assignments all from their own homes at any given time of day. Colleges and universities now offer certifications and degrees, making higher education flexible and obtainable for students around the world (Raja & Nagasubramani, 2018). The plethora of information that is now available to enhance one’s learning is remarkable.
The Texas Education Agency set forth two goals for classroom teachers: technology literacy and curriculum integration with the outcome that every student crosses the “digital divide” (Texas Education Agency, 2019). As educators prepare a curriculum that incorporates today’s technological resources, it is their professional obligation to “incorporate the effective use of current technology for teaching” and thus create an authentic learning environment (TEKS, 2000). Students who learn the use of technology while in school graduate with skills that are beneficial in higher education or valuable to employers after graduation. Therefore, it is imperative that educators actively integrate lessons involving technology.
To use a tool is to be master over it to use it to better your life or the life of someone else, not to become the slave to the tool or allow the works of evil to use it to harm you. Technology is much like that, allowing our devices to harm us spiritually or as Paul tells us in Romans 12:2, we can use the tools of technology that the Lord has provided to us for good in this world, equipping others through our unification in Christ (Holy Bible: New Living Translation, 2015). When the printing press was invented, the world gained a new technology that led to the mass production of God’s Word. Still true today, Christians can use technological advancements to share the Gospel around the world as Christ instructed in His Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). With so many responsibilities during a school year, including curriculum planning, it is continually important that teachers holdfast to 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” These scriptures remind us that educators are challenged with integrating the tools of technology into our curriculum as a method of ministering to our mission field – our classroom.
Personal Teaching Approach
Christ instructs believers to “do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully,” a verse that I try to live by each day I set foot on our high school campus (2 Timothy 4:5). There are aspects of education that require teachers to prepare students for life after graduation, albeit higher education, military service, or starting their careers. Technology skills arise in each of these environments, and I am responsible for providing an education to these students that effectively demonstrates the proficiencies needed for their success.
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