Guest Blog Post by Ron Farrow, eLearning Contributor
One of the biggest battles we face in education today is apathy. Students simply lose a desire to learn, at least in the traditional setting. In fact, we can often find teacher apathy, where teachers lose their excitement in teaching. We often call this burn-out. The good news is technology has revolutionized the way we teach and learn.
We can provide content in a variety of ways. We can create powerful, interactive elements for a whole group, or individual instructions that simply weren’t possible before. Technology has provided us with a way to deliver our instruction in a more meaningful, differentiated system that can be much more exciting for both the students and the teacher. By setting up an effective lesson structure, utilizing low barrier tools for adding multimedia elements, and reinforcing the use of these tools through the trainings in Atomic Learning, we can not only improve on our instructional methods, but reach more students in the process.
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I started as a music teacher for the Farmington School District in 2002, where I taught 5th and 6th grade music as well as High School Percussion. As a music teacher, I had the opportunity to experiment with many forms of technology in the classroom including smart boards, tablets, recording studio equipment, etc. I took this passion for technology and education to the district-wide level in 2010 as part of a leadership cadre for our district, then, in 2012, I became the Educational Technology Facilitator for the district. I joined the Cape Girardeau School District in the Summer of 2013.
I believe technology is the future of education. But it's more about the change in instruction than the devices themselves. We are in a very exciting time for education! It can be scary to have such a paradigm shift in teaching. However, students now have tools to access a world of information that was previously inconceivable. Through technology, we can foster more creative learning environments, differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student, and create productive, responsible, digital citizens for future generations.