Reflection<br />EDUC 6710I-3: Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society<br />February 20, 2011<br />Margaret M. Ridgeway<br />Engaging Students in Learning:The Changing Role of Teachers<br />
What They Think<br /> “Studies show that by their senior year, barely one-fourth of today’s students agree that school is meaningful or their courses are interesting – and less than half believe what they learn in school will have any bearing on their success in life.”<br /> (Nussbaum-Beach, 2008)<br />
The Difference<br />How to BORE your students:<br />Have them read only their textbook<br />Lecture them for an hour<br />Give them a worksheet<br />Have them write their vocabulary 10 times, then write a sentence<br />Give them a test<br />Do it again the next day<br />You will succeed<br />How to ENGAGE your students:<br />Find out what they are interested in and use it<br />Let them make decisions about their learning<br />Provide them with collaborative endeavors that challenge them<br />Use 21st Century tools that allow their creativity to shine through<br />You will succeed<br />
What the Changes Mean<br />Connectivity – create projects globally without worrying about the time and place (Richardson, 2010).<br />Collaboration – provides opportunities for a variety of viewpoints (Laureate International, Inc., 2008).<br />Teachers become guides for students into the world of knowledge rather than simply a source of information (Richardson, 2010).<br />Teachers must be knowledgeable about technology so that it can be used most effectively (Keengwe, Onchwari & Wachira, 2008).<br />The goal – 21st Century skills: expert thinking and complex communication (Levy & Murnane, 2006).<br />
Let Them Reach for the Stars<br />“Technology enables users to explore topics in more depth and in more interactive ways. Technology also makes accessible the study of topics that were previously impractical.”<br /> (Bull & Bull, 2003)<br />5<br />
REFERENCES:<br />Bull, G. & Bull, G. (2003), The digital disconnect, Learning & Leading with Technology, 31(4). Retrieved from EBSCO host.<br />Keengwe, J, Onchwari, G, & Wachira, P. (2008). The use of computer tools to support meaningful learning. AACE Journal, 16(1). Retrieved from EBSCO host.<br />Laureate Education, Inc., (Executive Producer) (2008). Program 11, Skills for the 21st Century [Video]. Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society, Los Angeles: Laureate Education, Inc.<br /> <br />Levy, F., & Murnane, R. J. (2006). Why the changing American economy calls for twenty-first century learning: Answers to educators' questions. New Directions for Youth Development, 2006(110), 53-62. Retrieved from EBSCO host.<br />Nussbaum-Beach, S. (2008). No limits. Technology & Learning, 28(7), 14–18. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/article/8466<br />Richardson, Will. (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.<br />
Photography Credits:<br />All photos retrieved from flickr.com under license as shown:<br />School Children in Keene, New Hampshire. Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, believed to be in the public domain.<br />Leland Melvin meets with Elementary School Students. From NASA HQ photostream, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.<br />Portrait of a Bored Boarder. From lightmanx5 / ~JOSh-X, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.<br />Apollo 12 View of Solar Eclipse. NASA, believed to be in the public domain.<br />Space shuttle liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center: Merritt Island, Florida. NASA, believed to be in the public domain.<br />
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