…But is it actually good for anything in the classroom???
Hello ECI830’s and beyond,
I am SO excited to be back with Dr. Alec Couros for another Ed. Tech class. I have been so lucky to take 2 classes (ECI 831 and ECI832) with him in the past and have gained a plethora of relevant knowledge that I have translated directly back to my classroom! This term I think I am going to set up my blog a little differently – I am going to post my “pre-debate” feelings on the topic and then follow up after Monday night’s class and see if my opinion has been swayed!
This weeks question: “Technology in the classroom enhances learning”
First, what is technology? It is defined on dictionary.com as,
I am a visual learner and love this as a way to explain what technology does in a classroom. In my opinion, there is no way to steer clear of technology in the classroom. It is all around us and it is not going anywhere – by not using it and not teaching our kids how to use it safely, we are setting them up to fail in the world they are integrating in to. They need the important skills that learning through and with technology provide. The jobs that kids will have as they grow up require many skills that weren’t as crucial when I was growing up and technology allows for these skills to grow – multi-tasking, research based rather than rote learning, quick pace learning, etc.
In order for technology to enhance learning as the topic suggests, you need to choose worthwhile resources that transform and allow your students experiences that they couldn’t get elsewhere. As suggested in the picture, this will get you into the transformation stage where you are offering your students something new and exciting and relevant. Having technology readily available at school has the ability to enhance learning, but just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s going to benefit children. We need to ensure that the skills they are gaining are creating technology and media literate learners, not just learners who know to use a computer or tablet.
Technology for technology sake WILL NOT enhance learning. This is the idea that you SHOULD be using technology so you show a video or find a website and use it because you feel like it’s good practice, and don’t understand the real life connection the resource can have for your students. Technology causes a great divide in many classes on account of accessibility at home and on the go, so using these resources in the classroom should be worth while and precious. Many families cannot afford or choose for their children not to have devices or social media for other reasons and this makes it hard to offer enhancing lessons outside of the school. Use the valuable time we have with our students in a meaningful, engaging, transformative way!
I’m so looking forward to hearing tonight’s debate and hopefully informing my opinion!
“Educating the mind, without educating the heart,
is no education at all.”