Articles Used: "Learning with the Internet" By Muthu Kumar "Technology and MI" By Thomas R. Hoerr "Technology in Environmental Education" By Clancy J. Wolf
Themes and Main Ideas: <ul><li>Technology is useful in the classroom and a vital part of education in today’s classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology’s use in the classroom will increase and be more readily available every year that passes. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology better prepares students for the real world and has better real world applications than conventional methods. </li></ul><ul><li>Computers are effective teaching tools and kids can learn better with them. </li></ul>
Summary of "Learning with the Internet" This article is all about how computers and the internet have really shaped the education in today’s classroom. It gives the pros of the internet learning such as the many dynamic options of the resources of the internet and the real life applications it provides as compared to conventional teaching methods. However it also touches on the disadvantages such as shortages in supply of computers with internet in the classroom which doesn’t allow all the students the same opportunity. And the internet can have sites that are inaccurate and dishonest in the information they bear.
Reflections I tend to agree with the articles on the disadvantages of computers and that’s because I don’t think that they are necessary to the education of classrooms. I grew up without using a computer in the classroom and I was perfectly fine. They are just a waste of money in the schools budget if you were to ask me.
Summary on "Technology and MI" This article touches on the growing trend of technology in classrooms and computers being used in education. The author of this article believes the trend will continue to grow in each successive year. The article explains the use of technology in society and points out that it should be even more so in education.
Reflections I tend to agree with the fact that computers are a growing part of education in the classroom and I also agree it will probably continue to grow. However, I disagree that like other institutions in society that schools need computers. They have been fine without computers for so long, why do we need them now?
Summary on "Technology in Environmental Education" This article touches on how technology has become a huge part of education in today’s classroom and how it is a necessity for teachers to use. The article touches on how technology even has improved the learning ability of children and helps kids who may have learning disabilities.
Reflections I actually do agree with one statement made by the author of the article, and that is that kids with disabilities can better learn with computers because it is hands on. I don’t agree however, that computers make every kid learn better. That is just a matter of opinion. I for example hate using computers to learn. I do worse than learning from a person.
Personal Reflection I personally tend to not agree with the three articles I read on the topic of technology in education. I don’t think that technology increases the learning skills of the children using it. I don’t believe that technology better prepares the students for real life situations. I was raised by being taught without any technology, except an occasional calculator, and I think I was well prepared for real life situations, and I don’t think I could’ve learned any better using technology as a crutch in my education. I believe that technology pampers kids and makes the work easier for them, and doesn’t push students to think as hard as conventional teaching methods do.
3 "A-Ha" Moments <ul><li>I thought it was interesting in the article written by Clancy J. Wolf that teachers were teaching students constellations by giving them digital cameras. The students took pictures of their best friends and then put the pictures next to the constellation they had to memorize. After a few days with picture memorization the kids learned the constellation. I thought that was really neat. </li></ul><ul><li>I also thought it was crazy to read that in the article “Technology and MI”, that the author predicts that technology will continue to increase in the classroom. As if that is really what we need! </li></ul><ul><li>The last comment I thought was interesting was the comment in the article “Learning with the Internet.” The author states that the internet is a remarkable tool used for rapid communication, and I realized in that moment how much I really do use the internet for communication. I use e-mails and facebook everyday to communicate with my friends, family, professors, etc. It was just crazy that I didn’t really think of that before I read this article. </li></ul>
QUOTE The quote I thought was most interesting out of all the articles was in the article, “Learning with the internet” by Muthu Kumar. In the article Kumar says, “Time is one barrier to the extensive use of the internet as students may be unable to spend a specific block of time on the internet due to limitations in the availability of computers with internet access in schools.” This is a good point, because why would a teacher sacrifice time and unequal opportunity for all students in an education just to be able to use computers in the classroom.
Citations “ Learning with the Internet”, Muthu Kumar. www.newhorizonsforlearning.com . December 07,2008. September, 2004. “ Technology and MI”, Thomas R. Hoerr. www.newhorizonsforlearning.com . December 07,2008. July, 2000. “ Technology in Environmental Education”, Clancy J. Wolf. www.newhorizonsforlearning.com . December 07,2007. May, 2003.