Program Computers, Not Kids.

This Cool Cat Teacher post about programming computers, has a very engaging title that captured my attention at first sight. What this discuss in depth is that you can’t see technology controlling students, but rather students creating and programming the technology. Vicki Davis discusses that we don’t want to program our kids to use technology just as they memorize multiplication facts. This article also talks about something we’ve learned in class before, SAMR. I think it is great to go back and think about what this really means in regards to technology in the classroom. We should really be teaching the same concepts, but going about it in a way that is new to students. Technology should be used as substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. It is important that the actual use of technology should be explored and how the interaction provides a collaborative learning environment.

Another part of this blog talks about how we must allow students to explore and crate what they want, but for that we have to give them permission. This can go back to the idea of digital citizenship as well by teaching students to be responsible in what they are posting and using technology for. As long as we have gone over the basics with our students, they should be able to have the access to go ad explore different means of representation with what they are learning in class. We will continually be defining what a classroom is in the 21st century and it is important to make sure that is clear to students.

Even though computers have been around for years, we need to make sure we are utilizing them in a fresh and exciting way for students. We cannot merely teach remote learning as we have been doing for years, but actually teaching students the concepts through uses of technology. Think about it as teaching lesson 52 one day, 53 the next, and the children will know 54 comes after that. We want students to now that technology can do things more rapidly and enhance the learning that can be done in a classroom.


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