It took me four days to get on this website. Now I am by no means a tech guru, but I am confident in my skills to navigate a simple web browser. But like Prof. said in class- Technology is made by humans, who make mistakes. So technology will never be perfect.
This got me thinking, "How can I use something in the classroom that will consistently provide me headaches?" I've been a student long enough to see how faulty tech can drain an instructor's patience while simultaneously sapping the pupil's attention span. Now I plan on teaching lower elementary grades where patience and attention spans are always in short supply as it is. Why would I want to risk throwing those valuable resources away?
Well, because I think Tech can vastly increase the quality of education if the teacher knows (among many other things) how to go with the flow. I've seen lectures destroyed by uncooperative machines. But I have also witnessed lesson plan evolve around the malfunctions. The instructor is the final word on the class vibe. If students see me become frustrated, they will follow suit. But if they see me roll with the punches and maintain the energy level, they will be (hopefully) as determined to learn as I am to teach.
Technology can be a valuable tool, but it is no substitute for strong classroom management skills and a genuine concern for the students.