Technology is the pen and paper of our time.

In an ongoing series, Marina Gutai, a recent IWU School of Nursing graduate, shares her insights about what it is like to be on the other end of the learning sphere.  Her fresh perspective reminds us of what learning is like through the eyes of a student.

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Author, educator, and programmer David Warlick, named one of the "Ten Most Influential People in EdTech" by Technology & Learning Magazine, once said,

We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”

The Widespread Impact of Technology

As a traditional student, I experienced varying degrees of technology in the classroom.  Typically, classroom content was taught with the aid of PowerPoint slides.  I once took a class where the projection screen was brought out, complete with transparency slides and notes probably transcribed at least a decade before my time!  Granted, I still learned a lot in that class and I enjoyed it.

However, I also took a course where many forms of technology were used.  PowerPoint slides, classroom polls, YouTube clips, and even texting were the norm.  Coming to class was engaging and memorable.  To this day, I remember many of the concepts taught in this class, and I believe it was directly related to how technology was used.

You too can have a positive impact in the lives of your students through the use of technology - whether you teach online or onsite.  Who would think technology as a learning tool would leave that much of an imprint?  So I encourage you to get on the technology bandwagon – your students will significantly benefit from it!

Question: What are some ways you use technology in your learning environment? Please leave a comment below.

Marina Gutai / Student Worker / Office of Adjunct Faculty Development

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