Now here I am beginning my 10th year in this district. I have a Promethean Board in my classroom, and so does everyone else (except 1 teacher) in my building. And when I say everyone else, it's not really an exaggeration. In order to get the board, teachers had to attend district-provided training and classes, and create units and lessons as a final project. SSD teachers, "specials" teachers, even the counselor went through the training and have their boards. The 1 teacher mentioned earlier is close to retirement and has not fully embraced how technology can impact and change her classroom. In the end, I really feel sorry for her class and all that they miss out on. Other technologies that have weaved themselves into the fabric-all teachers in my district now have their own laptop that they take to and from school. Students from middle school to high school also have their own district-provided laptop that they get to take home. Second through fifth graders have classroom laptops and kindergarteners and first graders have at least 6 desktop computers per classroom. Not to mention all of the different types of software we have for teacher and student use.
When I began teaching 15 years ago, there is no way I could have predicted what my classroom would look like today. Most likely I will be teaching for another 10-15 years-at least!. I can only imagine what teaching, the classroom, and students will look like in that time!