the impact that technology is having on the profession is fascinating right now.
Good idea for today's post.
I'm not sure if technology has improved things or made things worse. What I find is that I've got access to all sorts of technology, but I don't actually use 90% of what it can do. For instance, take my interactive whiteboard. I use it for showing videos, displaying answers to questions that I don't know the answer to and for presentations. It can do so much more, but I simply don't have the time to prepare the kind of lessons that would really take advantage of it.
Technology (electronic class registers) has made life much easier in terms of making corrections and communicating with parents, but it also required me to be much more strict - no more informal chats in the corridor with parents for instance, as it was made clear to me that everything should be recorded in case of future disputes. Do I agree? No, but that's the school policy. It certainly helps to avoid disputes, because parents are very unwilling to argue when everything is recorded.
I would love to use more technology in my classroom, but the reality of time means that I have to pick and choose the use of technology carefully. For instance, I mentioned my history classes that look at civil war - the interactive whiteboard will be used to analyse the attack on Fort Sumter from a variety of angles, so they can appreciate the attack in a way that pictures alone cannot convey. So - you can say that technology really helps with CLIL, but I haven't found a great use of technology yet for bog standard lessons.
The most ingenious use of technology that I've seen in the classroom was through using mobile phones and tablets. Kids can ask teachers questions through their devices, which solves the problem of the shy kid that's afraid to ask for help, and the teacher can then provide help through the system rather than embarrassing the kid in class. Does it work in practice? I don't know, but I love the idea.