My name is Camile Wallace. I'm a 22 year old English Subject Matter Major and this is my 5th year at CSUN! I am graduating in the Spring. Hallelujah! I plan on enrolling in the Credential program for Fall 2009 and as gain teaching experience from the LAUSD School System, I will obtain my Master's and Clear Credential.
I was asked to write about Media Technology : How should it be used in teaching? What effective or ineffective uses of media have I witnessed as a student.
I was in 7th grade and my English teacher Mrs. Scott decided to go over proper usage of nouns and verbs. She broke out this archaic looking overhead projector. It was noisy, loud, and cloudy. She used those clear sheets of transparency that obviously had been used over and over because they had permanent smudge marks. It was hard enough for us to read her cursive handwriting, coupled with the dim lighting in the class. Needless to say, I probably learned nothing about proper usage of nouns and verbs. I was so turned off by this unsightly form of "technology". I would have rather choked on chalk dust.
I am very grateful with the new waves in technology. I had the awesome experience to attend a high school that was fully equipped with televisions, DVD players, computerized overhead projectors, and computers that actually worked .My teachers used these forms of technology to their advantage. Instead of looking at a white board every day, we were able to watch movies, search the net, and look at PowerPoint presentations. Most of the time we sat through formal lecture but most of my teachers were creative enough to integrate different forms of teaching as well. I believe that all the types of media that I listed above are effective. Each student might not be able to identify with every type but as long as teachers switch it up, they should be able to reach the entire classroom. I believe that teachers fail when they don't use all the resources given them. I had one teacher who only used PowerPoint and her classroom was quite boring and predictable. So as long as we switch it up, we can keep our future students engaged.