Technology in the Classroom

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Imagine a day without using your phone, the computer, a tablet, or even watching tv. What does that look like? You make question is this is even possible. For many of us, a day without our cell phone would seem like a crisis. Not being able to use a computer for school would be even more devastating. It seem that today, the general society relies more on technology than ever before. Many college professors encourage the use of technology in order to access Compass or Moodle sights, while others only want notebooks and pens used in class. Which classroom prepares us more for the educators we will one day become? Are there implications for different uses of technology inside the classroom?

Due to the realities of our modern age and the demands of our children’s futures, I don’t think it is okay for teachers to choose whether or not they use technology in the classroom. There is a constant advancement found within technology, and that it really is not worth deciding if technology should be used or not. Today in many schools, online grading systems and attendance records are kept, even files on different students. With all of these accounted for. I believe that technology should be included in this classroom and students should not feel afraid or not allowed to use tablets or laptops in the classroom.

According to an article on Huffington post, connected learning is a good way to get students involved. They can use something they are passionate about, and complete a research project on that, or even use the internet to collaborate with others on a Google document. By using these different means of communication, different types of learning are promoted within a classroom which can help prepare students for advances in the future. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-steinberg/technology-for-teaching-1_b_2614699.html

This video does a great job demonstrating how students use technology outside the classroom. Why shouldn’t we connect the two and expand the use of technology in the classroom, not for just fundamental skills, but going on beyond that to help teach literacy and empower students in multimodal ways? There are so many different means of technology and many more types of education that are available today. Due to textbooks being online or research articles pulled up on the internet, teachers can educate their students with new literacy skills and strategies to decode various types of text.

Due to the constant advances in technology, we do not know what will happen within the next ten to fifteen years. As we talked about in class on Monday, we are learning strategies that were taught to our professors ten or twenty years ago. By the time I am in a classroom, the methods may have changed dramatically to something we have never been exposed to before. It is important to teach the most recent strategies and methods, but also prepare students for the change that may occur in the future.

This video does a really great job of showing what a future classroom may look like. With the integration of what we currently see and implications for the future, this gives a glimpse of how teachers may educate their students one day. The reality is, we don’t know what the future entails. As educators, we need to be constantly thinking of ways we can improve the classroom and the mere fact that we cannot teach without these advances.

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