Monday, October 20, 2008

Technology in TILT: Trinkets, Toys or Tools

I have recently been in conversations around the district where people have asked me about the "toys" that TILT teachers get as prizes. I have also heard some of the items you use in your classrooms referred to as "trinkets." These statements were not meant to be compliments to our program, but I think they underscore the ignorance of people who are "on the outside looking in."

By definition, a trinket is a small ornament or item of jewelry that is of little value. A toy is defined as an object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult.

I would like to educate those that question the use of small technology "gadgets" as teaching tools in your classroom, but I need your help. Please...let's start a discussion aimed at enlightening those who do not understand.

Do you have:
A laptop
A Projector
A FlipVideo
An ipod
A USB Storage Drive
A Cell Phone
A Microphone
A Mimio
A Digital Camera

...anything else??? If you have ANY of these, could you please help me educate those who do not understand by explaining briefly how you use them in your classroom. You can be as brief or as in-depth as you want. Let's make this post the most commented on issue.