Frankly, I am constantly amazed at how innovative the internet has become. I remember using my first TI-99-4A in my classroom back in the early 80’s. I remember how excited I was when I got my first 5” floppy drive – no more cassettes with the obnoxious scratching sound as it loaded my data. I remember the excitement of writing my first basic program which allowed me to test my students for their learning modality. That excitement continues today as I discover new applications and programs which use more visual, sound and collaborative concepts. I am especially excited about the BYOD (bring your own device) has become the standard for WAWM classrooms.
However, my excitement also brings some worry – will I be able to “keep-up.” As technology changes so quickly today, I fear missing or falling behind. More than ever, I need to maintain and surpass my natural desire to learn. It is critical today for a teacher to not only maintain their content area; they must also be proficient in “how” they teach it. Using technology to engage students is no longer an option it is a requirement. I worry about falling behind.