Okay, that title is a bit misleading.... I won't rant here. I save my rants for staff meetings, sprinkled with humor, so I don't get punched after school in the parking lot by my fellow teachers. My point is, I LOVE technology and do not currently have what I want for my students in the classroom. My quest for an LCD projector (interactive) has been a hot topic at meetings and I think I'm wearing them down :)
We have been hit hard in Michigan financially, as many other areas have been in the last 5 years. However, now more than ever, our students have more access to technology outside of the classroom rather than in their primary place for education. So what's a teacher to do? I went to the community and DonorsChoose.org. Much of what I have in my classroom has been through district grants, local grants, our awesome PTO, as well as my DonorsChoose.org donors. I now have 2 iPads in my classroom to go with my ancient Mac desktops for student use. I will also confess that my own family has spent roughly $4000 on my classroom in just under 5 years. I've spent very little money this school year. I had to put my own little family first financially. Technology is just something that I cannot afford for my own kids, let alone for my classroom at this time.
I saw this on another blog (thanks Fun in 1st Grade) and knew that I had to share the importance of technology in classrooms by Online Universities.com:
So here are my questions.... What technology do you have in your classroom? What can you access (shared resources) in your building?