Transcript of "Wireless Technology in the Classroom"
Wireless Technology in the Classroom By: Sonni Capps
Choose a square! Wireless Classrooms: Evolution or Extinction? An Experiment with Student-Centered Learning No Digital Divide
Wireless Classrooms: Evolution or Extinction? <ul><li>This article compared laptops in the classroom to the use of automatic teller machines (ATM’s). </li></ul><ul><li>It stated that, like ATM’s, when wireless notebooks first began, they could only be used in one place-the classroom. However, over time, they have become accessible from virtually anywhere. </li></ul>
Wireless Classrooms cont. <ul><li>The article gave both pros and cons of the use of mobile technology in a classroom. For example, while students have easier access to relevant information, they also have access to things that could be a hindrance to their education. </li></ul><ul><li>It was stated in the conclusion that the use of wireless is a “paradigm” to the future, and such devices will soon negate the need for traditional classrooms. </li></ul>
My Thoughts <ul><li>I thought that this article was very helpful in understanding the benefits and pitfalls of student centered education. </li></ul><ul><li>The comparison between laptops and ATM’s really helped me understand that even though something is highly accessible, it is not necessarily beneficial. </li></ul><ul><li>I never realized that like ATM’s, laptops first started out basically as personal computers. They were only used in one place until educators realized that students could learn more if they had access to information 24 hours a day. </li></ul>
An Experiment with Student-Centered Learning <ul><li>This article explained how Zayed University used technology to make more student based at their institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Every student had access to a laptop, and most of the classroom activities involved using them. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the lectures and other parts of teacher-centered courses were cut out, making the students completely responsible for their own learning. </li></ul>
Student-Centered Learning Cont . <ul><li>When students were surveyed at the end of the class, it was discovered that most of them would have preferred a teacher-centered course. </li></ul><ul><li>Student would have liked a teacher’s opinion and information on subject rather than researching and forming activities for themselves. </li></ul>
My Opinions <ul><li>I think that this article presented some very interesting information. The experiment was smart, and provided a surprising conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>I never expected students to choose a teacher-centered course, rather than learning on their own. </li></ul><ul><li>After reading the article, I agree with the students, and think that I would prefer to have the teacher present at least some of the information in a lecture format. </li></ul>
No Digital Divide <ul><li>This article describes the decision of several different schools to make sure that all of their students have access to a personal laptop. </li></ul><ul><li>It explained that some of the schools make it a requirement that each student have a laptop, while for others it is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. </li></ul>
No Digital Divide <ul><li>In order for this to work, the schools enlisted the help of outside vendors, who create special programs that allow students to get discounted or even free laptops. </li></ul><ul><li>The schools began this program because they feel that it is important for each student to have equal access to technology that can help them succeed. </li></ul>
My Feedback <ul><li>I think that this program is an excellent idea. I know that I would have loved it if IUPUI gave me a free laptop! </li></ul><ul><li>I was surprised that this program was even possible, I thought that laptops were much too expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that the students are probably more inclined to use their laptops in order to benefit their education, because of everything that their school went through in order to obtain them. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>Mitchell, E., & Frisbie, S. (2001). An experiment with student-centered learning. Campus Technology. Retrieved June 23, 2009 from </li></ul><ul><li>http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2001/08/An-Experiment-with- StudentCentered-Learning.aspx?Page=2# </li></ul><ul><li>Ramaswami, R. (2008). No digital divide. Campus Technology. Retrieved June 23, 2009 from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://campustechnology.com/articles/2008/01/no-digital-divide.aspx </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strauss, H. (2003). Wireless classrooms: Evolution or extinction? Campus Technology. Retrieved June 23, 2009 from </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://campustechnology.com/articles/2003/09/wireless-classrooms- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution-or-extinction.aspx </li></ul></ul></ul>
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