A Giant Soul-Sucking Leech?
by Kevin C., Friendswood Junior High student
At the National Middle School Association Conference, we got to look
at some of the newest technology meant for use in the classroom. Now,
some teachers think that technology makes teaching more complicated,
but technology makes learning more fun for the students. For example,
the Mimio can turn any whiteboard into an interactive playground. The
Mimio has revolutionized my school by bringing an enthusiasm for technology
into the twenty-two classrooms that boast it.
I have personally set up six or seven of the Mimios at our school.
Why? Because most of the teachers at our school are in their "golden
age" and are not familiar with technology of this century. When
I first started to set up the Mimios, I heard many times that
I was wasting my time and that there was no hope. The teachers would
most likely not even touch it. They were so intimidated by the thought
of a piece of machinery stuck to their whiteboard, as if it were a
giant leech sucking the souls out of unsuspecting educators made to
implement technology in their classrooms. Oh, the horror!
Truth be told, if you
just ask the students (or read the instruction manual), you can learn
a lot about how a tech-na-ma-logical contraption works. And believe
it or not, it makes for a friendlier learning environment, as the
very thing that once intimidated you so is the friendly leprechaun at
the end of the rainbow that offers you a pot of gold: the enthusiasm
and adoration of your students. In this era of tech-na-ma-logical doo-ma-hickeys,
the key to your students' heart is through their computer.