I believe that technology is one of the biggest assets at hand in education this day and age. Integrating technology into our techniques and curriculum is essential to getting the students prepared for their careers. As an educator it is my responsibility to keep myself up to date with technology as it pertains to my classroom and the state standards as well as the technology outside of the classroom. I must take a personal interest in staying up to date with what is available to myself, my students and their parents in and outside of the classroom. Although many individuals today are solely dependent on technology to function, I will use technology in the classroom but maintain a balance between the use of pencil and paper and the use of technology. This style of teaching will allow for the optimal learning environment.