Linda N. Smentek
Technology Advisory Panel, PT3 Grant
Technology Coordinator, Stephen K. Hayt School
There is a general misconception that education is primarily teacher-driven, that is -
the teacher is the main dispenser of knowledge. Over the years, I have seen technology enable
the teachers and the students to recreate the wonder and awe of early childhood learning within
the classroom. With the assistance of technology tools, learning has become fun, as well as
rewarding. One of the things that made a show like "Sesame Street" award-winning was the use of
color, sound, and animation while presenting educational material. With the variety of technology
devices available today, teachers and students can share information, learn, and instruct
themselves and others at least as well as "Sesame Street" does.
Students have greater control of how they study and share their knowledge of a topic
(i.e. PowerPoint, word processing, short videos, retrieving famous speeches or music
to make a reference, ....). Teachers and students are not confined to the four walls of their
classroom, feeling that they are alone in the education process. Rather, they can search,
find, collaborate, and share knowledge and skills with colleagues and experts throughout the
world (i.e. online chatting, email, search engines, online mentors,...) This in many ways is an
extension of the one-on-one tutoring from the days of Plato and Socrates. In conclusion, with
the assistance of technology tools, education today is more teamwork than anything else.
While the teacher still oversees lesson plans in light of local goals, instructors learn and
work with (instead of in front of) students to achieve educational growth.
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