Inquiry question: with this new generation, should we be changing how and what we are teaching in school?
In this round I will be talking about how technology is incorporated in school. How to incorporate technology, the pros and cons of technology, the impact it has on classroom settings and learning and more. Now, at least once on every class I have my teacher tell someone to stop looking at their phone, but I also have teachers telling us to use our phones for activities. Does the good outweigh the bad?
What is technology based learning?
This learning of content through the internet, videos, podcasts, and so much more concerning electronics (1).
How do we incorporate it in the classrooms?
Technology will change the dynamic of a classroom, affecting the kids but also the educators. Kid’s become more engaged, also allowing them to take more hands-on control in their learning. However teachers begin to be less of the focus of attention, which isn’t a bad thing, just something different than teaching without.
A lot of the time, not in just different schools, but even different classrooms the access to technology varies. Here is the possibilities and best ways to use technology based on the amount of technology given access too.
Interactive whiteboard and projector
- Show online videos
- Use resources available
- Use the “native software that came with the projector”
- Use skype
If there is only one computer
- Start a class blog
- Get one student to write down the notes form class
- Rotate who gets to use the computer
- “Try Voicethread, a collaborative multimedia conversation tool”
- Use a google site to keep class work
If you have access to 3 or 5 computers
- Explore student created projects using powerpoint, prezi, google docs
- “Use Edmodo, Schoology, or Moodle to manage course content, assignments, and assessments.”
- Build websites
- Make videos using things like windows or apple movie makers
- Students create digital stories
- Do group work
If you have access for everyone to have a computer
- Allow students to work at their own pace
- Use sites like socrative to poll students
- Explore digital note taking that everyone has access too
That’s just the beginning for the possibilities technology provides. There are so many beneficial uses of technology(2). However there are also dangers of the internet. Kids are being introduced to technology at a much younger age now, so it’s important to educate kids.
In schools having access to the internet is as a tricky thing. The problem is that kids have access to everything. We don’t want kids to develop problematic habits, interact with cyberbullying, interact with inappropriate content and so much more.
The trick is to educate. We can do thing by setting up the expectations. These regulations should be reviewed quite often and made sure that everyone is aware of them. As well as teaching internet safety.
A big component is digital citiezenship.(3)
What is that? “Digital citizens are learners who use their technology-driven powers conscientiously — and with empathy — to help make the world a better place.”(5)
This is important because this is yet another part of kid’s lives that they have to learn the right from wrong. Kids aren’t going to just know, they need help and guidance, they need to be taught. Otherwise the permanence of the internet can have negative effects.
Another component to educate is talking about your digital identity. Such as presenting yourself as the way you want to be seen. A good example was “Choose sensible names for your usernames and email addresses etc. Imagine what parents or colleagues might thinking hearing from email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org — innocent enough but not exactly professional. “(4)
The pros and cons of technology in classrooms:
- Allows a more active education
- Enables a more active participation
- More resources that are fun and captivating
- Can eliminate other time taking tasks-students and teachers
- Access to more recent information
- This is the world we live in, we should learn It now
- Visual aspects help
- A more customized learning
- The loss of human connection and interactions
- Can be a distraction
- Can promote inequality when not everyone can bring a laptop from home
- Security and safety is a risk
- Can be abused, when doing homework the answer is right there
- Sometimes sources can be questionable and lead to incorrect information
There are many pros and cons to technology. However at this point, it is such a big part of this generation that it is better to accept and teach the dangers then to resist and have students be unsafe. Overall this round was really interesting to do. I found it interesting that the government sites didn’t have any real stable guidelines for technology use. I would have thought that since it is such a big part of this generation, and that they redid the curriculum in BC in 2016 there would have been more of an outline, but I could not find it.
Thanks for reading!