With a world constantly shaped by technology, what can educators do to make their classroom more engaging and beneficial for students in the classroom?
This first article really goes in depth about the powerful resources that classrooms now have. Not only are teachers there to facilitate the learning of student and engage them to become lifelong learners, but the internet is constantly around for students to explore more information and gain valuable insight. Technology is so influential since before the boom of this rapidly growing age, the textbook and the teacher were the only two resources in the room. Teachers roles are changing due to the technology that is used on a daily basis. If students are allowed to use phones, iPads, and computers at home, why not utilize those in the classroom? The debate stems from how teachers’ roles are changing and what they can do to better interact with students and allow for beneficial learning. The good news is, we can create “student-centered” classrooms and allow teachers to take a step back and allow students to take control of their own learning. This is important for educators to read in order to allow them to understand how to incorporate technology in their classroom and what today’s learners will benefit from.
This article discusses how to build a type of “technology fluency” in students to help them become digital learners and constantly keep up with the changes in education. While fluency is important for reading which includes “speed, accuracy easy. and comprehension,” what does that look like in technology? Students need to be competent in areas that are continuously changing from the traditional “classroom” setting of using textbooks and being lectured to by teachers. In this world, technology fluency is built off of different principles related to making meaning of sources on the internet. By flipping the classroom, using scaffolding, and empowering student leaders, we are continuing to teach them how to become digital citizens and adapt to the constant changes in the world. This is beneficial for educators to see how they can adapt their classroom model and curriculum to align with the changes in society.
This final article is really beneficial for educators in many ways in order to improve their methods of teaching and how to reach today’s learners. The 33 techniques that are talked about in this article really can relate to the Universal Design of Learning and finding instruction for everyone based on their unique needs. This also goes in according with the article Passport to Digital Citizenship since these methods really are changing the way we think about education. These 33 techniques can follow along with the nine elements of digital citizenship. For example, electronic exchange of information can be taught to students by using the technique of identifying resources for safe browsing. It is important for teachers to be advocates for their students and constantly updated about the changes that are occurring to better engage their students and create the adaptability they will need for a constantly changing world.