Discussion Question 2:The students in school now are sometimes known as digital natives because theyhave grown up with technology. The implication is that they can do almost anythingusing technology. From your experience in a school library, is this true? If youbelieve it to be, comment on how they view the technology that is available in yourschool library. If you believe it to be false, comment on the technology skills theyappear to lack. Examine research that is available on this question, and determinewhether it agrees with your perception.Response/Summary: Today, students in school are sometimes known as digital native because they grewmobile phones, video games, computers, play stations and Internet. To continue, studentsare bombarded with these devices and applications and spend less time completinghomework. In addition, students’ attention span is extremely low, since teachers do notimplement more technology in their instruction to keep students motivated to learn. Forexample, students who spend more time playing video games spend less time in readingand studying. The reason is students do not like listening to teachers talk all day. For thisreason, teachers should include technology in teaching a subject by using technologyresources such as a power point presentation or creating an avatar. References:Prensky, Marc. (2001). Do they really think Differently? 9(6), 1-9.
School Libraries for the “Bad Old Days”Discussion Question 3:What is your view as to the best place your school library should be with relation tothe adoption of technology? Should you be at the bleeding edge, on the leading edge,or in the wedge? Based on your experience in your school library, justify youranswer. You may want to discuss this issue with other librarians in your district, aswell as with building- and district-level administrators.Response/Summary: I believe the library at the college I attend should be on the bleeding edge level. Inother words, at this level, I would want hardware and software in the library in which Iuse for research to be updated. In addition, I would want the library to purchase updatedcomputer hardware and software. I would not want outdated hardware and softwarebecause it would not be sufficient to use or view software programs. Furthermore, Iwould want my college to have top notch programs such as web cams and videorecorders to be available for students to use for completing assignments and projects. ReferenceScheeren, W. (2010). Technology for School Librarians, Theory and Practice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC)School Libraries for the “Bad Old Days”
Discussion Question 6:Examine three or more online sources to find definitions of technology. Use theresults of your research to come to your own definition of technology. Ask some ofyour colleagues to define technology, and evaluate whether their definitions differsignificantly from your own. Technology has several meanings, but one meaning of technology that stands out isthe following: the electronic information of body of knowledge of tools, systems andcrafts to solve problems, achieve goals and perform specific functions. I welcome allothers to provide their own definition of technology. Reference References Technology. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved January 20, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/technology.Technology.(n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2013, from Dictionary.com website:http://dictionary.reference.com.browse/technology.Technology. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 20, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/technology.