Education and Technology: I am too Eager to Function

I would like to start off by saying that I am not a teacher, at least, not yet.

I’m a third year English Education major, with a lot of passion and a lot of space in my head for information about how to deal with the fast-moving and ever-changing world of education. I have a deep hunger for knowledge, especially in the area of technology and education. I feel that technology is something we truly cannot avoid in our world and we should be helping usher our students into that world, not pulling against it.

That being said, I want to start to develop a PLN. Not just to learn, but to help myself learn more about the idea of a technological education. As a student who did not attend a high school that had more than a few laptop carts, I have always felt sort of out of touch with a lot of the resources that are available to me for my own school experiences, and the experiences of my future students.

This whole process is a little overwhelming for me, so I’ve decided to sort of start with a few base line inquiries I want to keep in mind:

  1. Where can I really learn about all the available technology for the classroom? Is there some other website with a long laundry list? Or is it more complex than just pointing and clicking?

2. In my own classroom should I be expected to come up with completely original ways             to use technology? Or is it okay to pull examples from other teachers’ work?

3. At what age should students start creating their own PLNs? Can PLNs be helpful to                 people of all different occupations? How can I help my students develop their own?

I think these questions will become a lot clearer as I become more aware of what is available to me online. I really like this idea of connecting with current teachers and other perspective teachers to share and collaborate on ideas. I feel like it goes beyond the scope of what teaching has always meant, it makes it more than it was before.

This idea excites me very much, and I cannot wait to start cultivating my very own PLN!