Technology in the Classroom (Why would you use it? (It can help you…
Technology in the Classroom
I have a lot of anxiety around bringing technology into my classroom. I worry that with my students being inducted into such a media heavy world, that they'll lose the joy of experiential learning. I learn best by moving and doing.
I'm starting to realize though how tech can enhance the level of understanding. I know nothing about how different animals communicate, but I can easily put on an expert on the screen and have my students be delivered information that would taken me a much longer time to communicate. It also allowed my students to think about different careers.
I'm also seeing a lot of use in tech in the classroom for classroom mangement tools. Classroom Dojo (despite its flaws) has helped me give my students quantifiable behavior goals and makes me aware of which students need to be given more positive reinforcement.
I think there needs to be a good balance of both for me to be an effective teacher. My students are living in a tech dependent world, where (like it or not), their inability to spell becomes less of a big deal and that their ability to navigate the internet to find information or their familiarity with computer programs is something that will be asked of them in college or most careers. If my students go home to a place without WiFi or laptops, students need to learn those skills at school.
Substitution: Tech acts as a direct substitute, with functional improvements
Augmentation: Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvements
Modification: Tech allows for significant task redesign.
Redefinition: Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously unavailable.
The learning done is non-hierarchial, the depth of enhanced learning using tech however is not.
Why would you use it?
It gives power to the people.
Students can create their own content and distribute it.
Develop technology literacy
Increases student engagement
Tech can add more student interest, pull from pop culture, enhance experiences, add images.
Helps students become more independent learners
Students will learn to create their own study materials and supplement their knowledge from class.
Allows for more one on one time with students
Allowing the technology to deliver the information makes it so the teacher may be able to work on higher level thinking.
It can help you differentiate teaching
"low" students are able to reach individualized resources that can help them catch up to their peers.t
"high" students are able to dig deeper into subject matter and work independently
It allows for better collaboration
Teachers are able to better collaborate with other educators
Students are able to collaborate with one another (enhance note taking)
It can save time and increase teacher efficiency.