Sunday, January 26, 2014

Understanding Educational Technology Issues and Trends

Teachers can connect learning to the experiences of the digital natives, the students, by incorporating learning with the children’s daily technology. One example of this would be having the children use their own personal nooks, kindles, or e-readers during reading time. This would encourage the children to read, while getting the technology that they love. The only problem that I see with this is with the children that can not afford these devices. If the school does not provide these devices, it could lead to children feeling left out and lead to them missing out on technology. 

            Also Skyping with other teachers, professors, industry workers, and others, would give the children endless possibilities of learning the topic that you are working on for that week. It also gives the children the opportunity to ask questions they might have on the topic and have them answered on the spot, engaging the children in learning.
            In Tech tool 2.1, it talks about apps for teaching and learning. As it states in our textbook, if a student has a specific question on a topic, answers are available by accessing an app for that topic. There are apps available for most general area studies, including but not limited to science, English, history, and math. Apps engage children with “visual content that is more interactive”.  Apps also give teachers more resources to find ideas for lesson plans and individual plans for students.

            In a perfect classroom, all of these resources would be available to all students. However, in most schools this is not the case. This is mainly due to budgets that are too low for schools to expand and update their technology. This makes it very difficult for teachers to incorporate up-to-date technology. This is a major set back for the students that do not have up-to-date technology devices available to them at home. While the children with these technological devices are advancing in technology, the children without them are suffering, because these missing components can have major effects, possibility even affecting their future careers.

Textbook - Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.


1 comment:

  1. You allude to the major points in the chapter with detailed examples. Unfortunately, there are no 'perfect' classrooms, but innovative teachers have done some incredible things to bring what technology they have to students. Amazingly, there are many values to using technology tools in small groups (which means you don't need 1:1) and even allowing for sharing if there's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies in schools. The inclusion of the use of Skype in the classroom is so cool - incredible for connecting with people outside the classroom! :)