I. Implementation of Technology: Are we building a fence or a bridge? a. Fence: Changes that are viewed as a barrier or the fear of the unknown. i. Threat – to classroom order, teacher authority, and traditional delivery of instruction.ii. Barrier – fear of the gap between student and teacher1. View new technology and devices as antisocial2. Believe technology will create less, not more, communication between teacher and student3. Believe that the integration of technology will decrease the need for teachers as resources
i. Share in the common language of this culture and generation1. Attitude and motivation is improved for learning when shared on common ground2. Learning is increased when allowed the use of their language and learning style
ii. Access to a wealth of search engines for research and learning1. Higher order thinking skills are developed when used in conjunction with traditional learning methods2. Student have more accessible information available from internet compared to traditional resources
iii. Can increase communication between teacher and student1. Blogs, email, forums2. More group and cooperative work
iv. Prepare them for the workforce1. Knowledge of word processers, spreadsheets, computer-aided drawing software2. Knowledge of communication devices and networking skills
i. Use the right materials1. Planninga. Don’t view technology as an “add on”, but as a support beam that girds the current academic structureb. Involve the whole building crew in the process of designing the technology bridge2. Structurea. Technology cannot replace educationb. Teachers and administrators must share in the decision process3. Preparationa. Training must be included for the technology buildersb. Continuing education must be in place to maintain and support the bridge 4. Evaluation a. Data must support the effectiveness of the current digital usesb. Data must support the ineffectiveness of certain technology uses or programs
Making the bridge “accessible” to all users i. All gendersii. Special needs learnersiii. Non-English speaking learnersiv. All cultures
e. Using the bridge to make the transition from school to the global community i. Provide learning possibilities abroad 1. Digital communication allows for study abroad and visiting places when travel is impossible or difficult2. Virtual classrooms share information and teachers across the world and countrye. Using the bridge to make the transition from school to the global communityi. Provide learning possibilities abroad 1. Digital communication allows for study abroad and visiting places when travel is impossible or difficult2. Virtual classrooms share information and teachers across the world and country
The role of technology in future education
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
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