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21st CenturyIntegrating of 21st Century Technology In Education Student Name: Howard Rose ID#: 093176012 Group: 4c10 Course: 21st Century Classroom The Mico University College Name of Lecturer: Ms. Bloomfield Date: October 29,2012
21st Century Education is power, and being educated is the key to success throughout Jamaica andabroad. Living in today society, where technology has become affordable, it is important that thegovernment along with the schools across Jamaica implement strategies to get the studentsengaged in the twenty first century (21st Century) curriculum. According to Wessling (2010), Twenty-first-century learning embodies an approach toteaching that marries content to skill. She explains that without skills, students are left tomemorize facts, recall details for worksheets, and relegate their educational experience topassivity. Without content, students may engage in problem-solving or team-workingexperiences that fall into triviality, into relevance without rigor. The 21st-century learningparadigm offers an opportunity to synergize the margins of the content vs. skills debate and bringit into a framework that dispels these dichotomies. Students in today society, enjoy when their teachers engaged them in the lesson and as aresult most teachers are moving away from the tradition culture where teachers deposit all theinformation on the students and are allowing the students to gather the information with the useof the technologies that are available, for example the use of computers and smart phones.Technology can be defined as a body of knowledge used to create tools, develop skills, andextract or collect materials. It is also the application of science (the combination of the scientificmethod and material) to meet an objective or solve a problem. According to Zimmermann (2012) culture is the characteristics of a particular group ofpeople, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.
21st CenturyCulture may also be described as a dynamic, which means, it change over a period of time.(Taken from Foundation of Politics Class, lecturer; Dr. Fisher, 2012). It is obvious that theapproach to educate the nation children is changing from the 20th century and the teacher ofJamaica are adapting to the 21st century strategy to educate the children of this era. The Integration of the 21st century technology in Education can impact the country ofJamaica in a positive way because it is research driven; it promotes collaboration outside of theclassroom and it prepares the students for the working world and much more in the developmentof the students. Through this approach the students are more engage in the lesson and it becomes easierfor them to learn. Integrating technology in the classroom will be a success for educators and thelearning institutions. This will lead to better performance from students in different subject areasbecause students are more engaged and empowered to learn. For example in a subject likemathematics where students are having difficulties to accomplish a favourable grade, iftechnology is integrated in the classrooms, the teacher could give the students time to read up onthe topic and look at example in groups and allow at least two groups to present on theirfindings. This will help the students to better understand the topic, based on what was researchand what was understood from the findings. The teacher will now be left to clarify what thestudents don’t understand and to provide additional example to the students. Integratingtechnology in the classroom will also change the way students learn, as it will become easier forstudents to understand problems when they research a topic their selves. This approach willpromote active learners.
21st Century When assignments are given to students whether in groups or individually, through theuse of technology integration, the students are able to communicate outside of the schoolcommunity. This means that the students can correspond with students from different schools inJamaica and seek help. It does not limit the child to Jamaica only; the learner can also correspondwith individuals globally and seek help in accomplishing the task set by the class teacher. Theuse of the technology in class will develop the students mind in a positive way towards learning,if the class teachers inform the students of the available educational tools that will assist them ingetting information. For example, wiki and wetpaint are widely used by educators to gatherinformation on topics and to share information, therefore educational tools like Google Docs andSkype are just two of the tools that students can use to engage in collaborative exercise in theirschool work, in and outside of the classroom. In any learning institution, you will always havestudents who will be doing other activity when they should be engaged in their class work, but ifthe students are properly guided they will master the technology and seek help from other acrossthe globe and easily gather the necessary information, understanding it and waiting on theteacher to discuss the findings. Students like to feel a sense of belonging, and through technologyintegration in the classroom, students can be motivated toward learning especially in a subjectwhich they might not find interesting. The use of computers, smart phones and Tablets are taking over the working world in the21st century and making the method of communication easier. Then why should schools inJamaica be without the basic technological tool that is needed to equip the students for theworking world, for example; computers. In a well known High school in the Kingston region, thecomputer lab at that institution is in a deplorable condition, and there are no working computersat that school. Just recently a colleague of mine did his internship at the institution and he had
21st Centurydifficulties bringing across practical lesson to students, those students will be at a disadvantageto other students because they did not get the experience. Integrating technology and maintainthem in the schools will help students to display the critical and problem-solving skills.Creativity and team work which all aim to build students for the working world and to build abetter Jamaica. In conclusion the integration of 21st century technology in education will positivelyimpact on the students, schools and the country of Jamaica will see a change in the behaviour thecitizen. In the 21st century classroom, it is focus on outcome rather than time, it is research drivenso students are always engaged in the lesson, and students are exposed to different level oftechnology and getting hands on experiences rather than just reading about them in text.Exposing students to hands on experience with the technology available in schools will openstudents mind and allow them to visualize scenarios in real life situations.
21st Century ReferencesLewis Carroll (2010), Retrieved from; http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/what_is_21st_century_education.htmSarah B. Wessling, (2010), Retrieved from; http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01panel.h04.htmlKim. A. Zimmermann (2012), Retrieved from; http://www.livescience.com/21478-what-is-culture-definition-of- culture.htmlN/A, N.D. Retrieved From; http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih4/technology/guide/lesson1.htm