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BUILDING AFENCE OR A BRIDGE?The Future of Technologyin our SchoolsPamela J. Gafkjen
Menu Technology as a Fence Technology as a Bridge Construction Process
Technology as a Fence: A Threat or Barrier Threat: • Disrupt classroom order • Decrease teacher authority • Negate traditional instruction Barrier: • Viewed as antisocial • Will create less interaction between student and teacher • Decrease the need for teacher Menu
Technology as a Bridge• Common Language shared with today’s learners• Wealth of information accessed through digital search engines• Increased communication among teachers and students• Preparation for future schooling and workforce Menu
Common language shared among today’s learners • Attitude and motivation is improved among students • Learning is increased when able to use familiar devices and digital language
Digital Search Engines Instant access to information Increased wealth of information Higher order thinking skills are developed.
Increased communication between teacher and student• Communication among teachers • Blogs • Emails • Forums• Communication among peers • Improved cooperative work • Improved group activity
Preparation for the Future• Schools • Universities • Colleges • Study Abroad Workforce • Spreadsheets • Digital Communication • Software
Build a secure structure to bridge theConstruction: gap between the traditional and digital generation. Menu
Using the right materials: 1. Planning 2. Structure 3. Preparation 4. Evaluation
Accessible to all… • Genders • Special needs learners • Non-English speaking learners • Cultures and ethnic groups
Bridge as atransitionto other globalcommunities:• Access to culture and countries online• Virtual classrooms• Access to other teachers