Alright, so I have already given some answers to these questions but I figured I better answer them completely.
My personal experience with technlogy has been fairly limited, though I have had a good deal of experience with online classes. Compared to the kids in the one school I went to I had practically no experience(they received many Artsmart scholarships and so did much with movie making technology) and compared to another school I had more due to the fact that close to 1/4 of my classes were online. Generally I find technology helpful for doing research and creating presentations, as well as offering distance learning courses. However, often I find technology frustrating when programs don’t work properly or I have to wade through a pile of information to find what I’m looking for. I also find it very distracting, as it makes it easier for an already bored mind to ignore the tasks at hand, which may be very important, and do something else for hours on end.
I think that technology can be very useful in schools as it allows students to connect with the world and to discover new information that isn’t in the local library or the teachers don’t know. It also makes for great teaching resources as teachers can share their ideas on how to teach a certain subject or idea to a class. Another advantage is for children who have difficulty writing legibly as they can make their point without frustrating their reader. It is also a great resource for Rural schools where there is often not enough teachers or resources to offer all the classes that a student may want in which case the student can take an online or scn course which are often much easier than the traditional print format of these courses. Right now I think things like Youtube and facebook are having a negative impact as they are not being used properly to harness their teaching possibilities. Instead students are using them to entertain themselves and ignore their teachers and their school work and to gossip.
As for what I want to learn from this course; I want to learn how to embrace the technology that is all around us and learn how to use it in the classroom and for general use. I want t learn how to create balance with technology in the classroom.