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

And more

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

And more

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 ninjajonno@email.com orborntoshop@email.com — innocent enough but not exactly professional. “(4)

 

The pros and cons of technology in classrooms:

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

(6,7,8)

 

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!

Sources

1:  https://www.doleta.gov/reports.../tbl_paper_final.pdf

2 : https://www.edutopia.org/techn...guide-implementation

3 :  http://www.kathleenamorris.com...net-safety-teachers/

4 :  http://www.kathleenamorris.com.../12/internet-safety/

5 :  https://www.iste.org/explore/D...BClassroom-poster%5D

6 :  https://tophat.com/blog/6-pros...echnology-classroom/

7 :  http://edtechreview.in/trends-...ogy-in-the-classroom

8 :  https://www.teachhub.com/pros-...technology-classroom

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Hey Catherine!

Great post! I think you did a great job outlining the pros and cons of technology-based learning clearly and concisely. While reading your post, I couldn't help to think back to when I attended elementary school in the U.S. - we would start using electronics in the classroom from grade three. There would be iPad, iPod, and tablet carts that each class would use along with a fully equipped iMac room for the school. Technology was incorporated in my teaching from an early age and when I came back to Canada, I was surprised to learn that not everyone has had the same experience as me. 

It may be interesting to look into the success rates or rankings of schools who use these approaches and see how it differs compared to those who use more old-school methods.

Good job and good luck!

Hi Catherine! 

Good job on your research round! I really like your topic and find it very intriguing. I don't think we pay attention to how much we actually use technology in our daily lives and how lucky we are to have it available to us at almost any time.  As you mentioned the pros and cons, it made me wonder whether technology brings us more good or bad.  For me personally, I really am curious what our world today would be like without technology; but at the same time, I can't see myself writing a 1000 word essay by hand. I feel like the good and the bad could balance each other out in a way because there's just so many points for both sides. It would be a good debate honestly.  

Here are some websites that you might find useful:

https://online.purdue.edu/ldt/...technology-classroom

https://www.teachhub.com/benef...technology-classroom

Good job!

Hi Catherine,

This is a super interesting topic and something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. We can be exposed to so much technology at school and sometimes I wonder whether it can be a good thing or a bad thing. There are definitely some instances where having access to technology is super helpful, but sometimes we are expected to do a lot on technology when it is not completely necessary. It is such a huge part of many peoples lives away from school so I wonder if when we are at school if we really need to experience more of it. I really liked how you organized your post and I found it easy to follow. I found it very interesting when you talked about the different ways that technology can be used in the classroom. I also like how you included both the pros and the cons of technology in classrooms and found that the internet safety is something that really stood out to me. Moving forward it may be interesting to research privacy issues surrounding the use of technology in classrooms.

Here is an article that you may find interesting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/0...mebooks-schools.html

I cant wait to read your next post!

- Etta (LFAS)

Hello Catherine,
Wow, that’s really surprising actually, the fact that the government hasn’t redone the curriculum in some way. I mean I use a computer every day for practically all except one of my classes, for biology we type our work on a computer usually and submit our homework online, and same for ICT, and then for English we have to type out all of our work and then print it when we hand it in. The only one that doesn't require the Internet practically every day is chemistry and even then we have still used it multiple times to look up information and to hand in our inquiry project that we did about the dissolution of candies in Hydrochloric acid. I have to say though that I'm definitely more for the use of technology in teaching as it allows better access to more resources, as well as increasing productivity as I've found it’s much easier and faster to type then it is to write things down, the cons as well are mostly avoidable especially with the admin restrictions already placed on the computers that take preemptive enough measures that sometimes even trusted apps built by companies like Google are blocked, such as android studio. The fact that resources are more accessible also helps greatly as there are more places to learn from and more ways in total to learn so it better matches with each person, as different people prefer to learn in different ways. Overall I got to say that I love the incorporation of technology in learning, and I hope it’s used more in the future.

Here are some websites on the topic of technology in the classroom that may prove useful to you in the future should you continue with the subject:
https://www.learntechlib.org/p/9304/
https://www.learntechlib.org/p/170850/?nl=1
https://www.otffeo.on.ca/en/le...echnology-classroom/

Hi Catherine, 

I really enjoyed reading your research round. Good job on making it detailed and easy to read. When growing up and transitioning between middle to high school, I’ve noticed that we use technology more when we get older. I remember my teacher mentioning, when I was in grade 10, that they are making computers “mandatory” (or at least strongly suggested) for the new grade 9s coming in the next year. I also know that they made a new required course called “Digital Literacy”. It’s fascinating how technology is evolving at such a rapid pace and how schools are trying to keep up. I’ve also noticed that a lot of teachers are asking students to hand assignments in online. Evidently, it is an efficient way to mark work; however, when I first started to hand in work digitally, I found it awkward. Now, I can’t see myself writing homework that requires a lot of writing by hand. It’s much easier to type it out! Even so, I really enjoyed the descriptions on the various pros and cons. The explanations on how schools are incorporating technology in education systems was also well done.  

For your next round of research, I’d be very interested in seeing your expanding your ideas by tackling the factors that give a school a larger “advantage” over others. For example, during this round, you had researched technology. By searching up specific examples of schools who had comprehensive technology courses or resources, did they really prepare students for their future lives or an advantage? You could also see the effects of schools asking students to pay fees.  

Websites you can use: 

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107016/chapters/Why-Are-Some-Schools-Making-More-Progress-Than-Others¢.aspx  

https://cepa.stanford.edu/news...sadvantaged-students  

https://www.wbur.org/hereandno...vement-gap-education  

Can’t wait for your next post, 

-Alison 

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