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Your Technology Belief
Students Know Technology—Yet They Fail
What is Your Opinion
Improving Schools With Technology
What is Your Learning Style
Twenty-five Students-twenty-five Learning Styles
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Many New York City middle school students are
similar to young people who Wiles and Bondi (2007)
termed the “neomillennials--children of the Internet
age” who, with their various high-tech gadgets, can
command technologies that cost billions to develop.
“They are wired, they are active [and they use
technology in a manner that is frightening] to those of
us over 10” (pp. 30-31).
Do you believe that many students are more adept at
using computers than teachers are?
Of significance, many of NYC failing middle
school students learn to use technology outside of
school and without the aid of classroom teachers. Yet,
we hear numerous news report that many such students
cannot read, or even learn. Consequently, voluminous
data and school reports reveal that many of them are
chronically failing and were held back, sometimes more
Why would technology adept students in NYC urban
schools be failing?
While technology adept students are failing, teachers
are amazed at the manner in which they quickly learn
and master new technology devices. Additionally,
their schools have a major problem trying to ban
them from using such devices during class.
Because of their actions, it appears that some
school administrators are oblivious to the fact that
those students will not sit quietly to hear a dull and
sedate lecture. Those students are active and
programmed to learn with technology.
What is your opinion?
Dunn and Dunn (1999) revealed that students have
different learning styles preferences, and if students are
first introduced to lessons in their strongest learning
style suite then reinforced with their weaker suite,
effective teaching and learning will occur.
Presently, from the emerging evidence, it appears that
learning with technology is the strongest learning style
suite of the wired generation (Wiles & Bondi; Zucker
How can you use technology to improve teaching and
learning for your students? 5
Even if teachers knew about the various learning styles, it
would be difficult for them to know and appeal to the
learning styles of all 25 or more students in their
The result in such situations, is that teachers teach to their
own learning style strength, which may be antithetical to
their students’ learning style preferences.
How can teachers know their learning style preference and
if it differs from your students?
More often, the sedate learning style of teachers in
academic schools is diametrically opposed to the
kinesthetic and the tactual learning styles preference of
wired students who learn better globally rather than
analytically, and by using their body, or by moving
around (Dunn & Dunn, 1999).
Zucker (2008) revealed that using technology is a way for
teachers to appeal to all their students’ various learning
styles to achieve successful teaching and learning.
How can what is being taught satisfies Zuker’s posit?
Wiles, J., & Bondi, J. (2007). Curriculum development: A guide
to practice (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Zucker, A. A. (2008). Transforming schools with technology:
How smart use of digital tools helps achieve six key
educational goals. Cambridge, MA: Harvard