In grade school and high school, we were lucky if we had computer class once a week. We learned everything through textbooks, library books, documentaries,overhead projectors, and power point. Smartphones were non-existant and flip phones were the norm. The only games I played on my phone and graphing calculator were tetris and snake. But things have change–drastically. I was a little late in the game getting a smart phone, joining Twitter or even Facebook but I have quickly adapted and now I almost feel uncomfortable not having my phone with me. I think technology is a great tool for learning and is almost a necessity. Necessary tools include things like blackboard or ELC.It allows for easy access, between the teacher, student, parents and even school administrators. It allows everyone to move as one common unit and be on the same “page”.
Seeing how fast things have evolved, can we keep up with technology and have the sufficient funds to do so? I think that technology is great and can be such a great asset to any classroom but the constant adjustment can be costly. I think a sufficient base is necessary for any school but we have be reminded that it still remains a tool to learn with technology. And the approach of using it is really the most important.
Meaningful Learning Through Technology
Using technology was originally used as a passive , repetitive way of teaching but recent, new updates have allowed for learning and technology to be interactive and extremely beneficial for schools. In order for learning to be meaningful; understanding and articulation need to be introduced. Understanding and articulation can be achieved when learning is active, constructive, intentional and collaborative . As a new concept is introduced, effective learning requires representing what is needed to know in multiple ways. Many of these new types of technology have allowed for the student to be an active participant in the learning process. If the student is learning how to read using technology for example, the student reads the sentences and as a particular word is misunderstood or unknown to the student, the word can be read electronically and then the word can be repeated by the student. The same idea is used with writing. This idea represents meaningful learning since many different dimensions of knowledge is introduced.
Other means of technology that have been used to introduce creativity and collaboration include taking pictures, and requiring students to share, and then explain them. In any grades , it can be used to illustrate an idea . By creating projects and illustrating them through technology, it forces the students go beyond the passive learning, and retain the necessary information… When used for the right purposes , having individual phones, tables, and computers might not be seen as so passive and repetitive after all.