For Warren... An Autobiography on Technology by Cara Pugh

Technology has always been a mystery to me ever since I was a child.

Technological advances have excited me of course but always from afar. I can remember getting my first MP3 player one Christmas and handing it immediately to my brother to “figure it out.” Looking back on my experiences now, I can concisely say that I was a borrower in the realm of technology but not an owner.

Middle school was the time that I was also first introduced to high performing calculators. These seemed to overcomplicate the math that I was supposed to be learning. In fact, on tests days I often brought a four function calculator to complete my work because the Texas Instruments calculator left me confused and dismayed when completing simple calculations.

The technology of paper and pencils seem to be more reliable and therefore more attractive to me.

Traditional Tech

I watch my eight-year-old brother, Warren, as he navigates third grade using an iPad every day to check his homework agenda that is automatically uploaded by his teacher. To Warren, the iPad is not an obscure addition to his education, yet it is an integrated fact of what school means to him. He never went a year without seeing PowerPoint slides, computers, tablets, etc. It is completely normalized to his sense of education. To him, this new technology is like the pencil is for me.

As I start my journey of growth shifting from student to teacher, I see the benefits of staying ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. Not only can the advancements, when used correctly and critically, assist in the learning of our next generation, but the advancements are also ubiquitous. Therefore, it would be a disservice to my students to not introduce and encourage their love of technology and innovation.

Finally, if my overall goal personally and professionally is growth and achievement, then it is imperative that I constantly research the manner in which technological advancements play a role in improving education.

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