Technology has had a profound impact on the way I learn. I started with online learning through a blended masters program. Halfway through the program I became ill and switched to a fully online program. While on bed rest I was able to continue my studies. For me, learning online is the best way for me to learn. I do gain adequate knowledge from face-to-face professional development, but I get so much more out of finding knowledge online for myself, through blogs, wiki’s, and videos. I also believe collaborating online or taking part in discussions provides me with new knowledge or gives me a new perspective on something I am currently learning.
I believe that the use of technology is critical and non-negotiable in teaching and learning. Regardless of the technology that is available in schools, teachers need to take the time to learn how to use the technology available to them and implement technology into their instruction. The lives of students today, whether primary grade students or college seniors, is filled with technology; educators need to take a step forward and stay ahead of the students or at least stay on the same page as students when it comes to using technology. Personally, I strive daily to learn something new to stay ahead.