Sunday, April 26, 2009
Technology in the Grammar Class
Now, I don’t consider myself particularly tech savvy (I have to draw little pictures of the buttons I should press to make things happen), but I loved the way technology kept me better organized and made my life easier than before. For example, once I finally (after several semesters) mastered a new grade book program, I was able to spit out midterm and final grades in a fraction of the time with far fewer mistakes.
It was also at this time that I became a PowerPoint addict. The ability to create a lesson and then use it again and again in other lessons won me over! Even now, I am constantly looking back through PowerPoint lessons that are years old and copying and pasting slides into new presentations. You could say that I have been in tech heaven!
I am not complaining, mind you, I know there are many more challenging situations that teachers face all over the world. That said, it has been a slightly difficult adjustment. It’s kind of like a tech purgatory in that it’s nothing to complain about, but I sure do miss my ready-made class websites and internet access in the classroom.
Recently, my French teacher started showing her lessons (simply word documents) on the TV as well. Although they are exactly the same as what is written on the paper directly in front of us, I find looking at the TV screen easier. I feel more connected with the teacher and the other students when my head is not buried in a book, and it is infinitely easier to follow along when she is pointing at the screen and describing a grammar point than when she is holding up a paper and pointing at something. Being a student, in this case, has actually confirmed my intuitions about technology and teaching: it is an invaluable tool for teachers and students.
It would be SO nice if I could just plug a few of my own slides into a ready-to-go presentation and not spend hours hidden behind my battered, old Dell. Until the day that PowerPoint lessons automatically accompany Teacher’s Manuals and text websites full of interactive practice are available to students, I will continue to do it on my own.