Philosophy

My philosophy is everyone can learn when they are willing; and technology is a tool not a solution.

We live in the digital age, a fact not disputed by many. However, often times technology is looked upon as the magic pill to solve all ills. My philosophy is almost counterintuitive to that. I think technology is only useful when the user knows it's reason. Knowing why the technology exists makes it easier to know how best to use technology.

The pencil was, at one time, considered to be the height of technology. The abacus has stood for centuries as the calculator of the masses. I feel it is important to know  why we have Excel and Word in order to most effectively use them. Math and writing don't need technology, technology needs math and writing.

I do my best to push my students to know and understand the basics of technology. I feel the simple tasks such as being able to navigate a file structure, save a  file in an appropriate place with an appropriate name, and do basic formatting are skills lost to often to games  and "enrichment" activities. To me, if a student isn't able to open a program, use its basic functions, save a product, and find that product later, all the work they have done is meaningless.
As an educator I firmly believe education does not begin and end at the school door. Learning takes place in many places, in many forms. As a technology teacher I feel this is even more so. Websites, iPhones, internet enabled Wii, XBox, Twitter, Facebook - students are touching technology more and more in their daily lives, and for longer and longer stretches each time.  It is imperative, for me, to ensure my students have the basic skills to understand how these things all work, and work together, so they can use them efficiently, effectively, and safely.

My philosophy is to keep my students on the cutting edge, and to keep their knowledge of the basics sharp. It is imperative to stay on top of the current trends, but it is also imperative to know where we've been. To paraphrase the old saying "if you don't know history you are deemed to repeat it", for me it equates to "you may not like Microsoft, but you need to know them to understand how we got to Twitter..."