Technology Myths

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Technology Myths

  1. 1. Technology in Education Myths New ways for doing the same old thing
  2. 2. Myth #1 Using technology involves the student in the learning process. Students using technology become active participants in the learning process instead of passive listeners .
  3. 3. Technology doesn’t do this. Good teaching does this. Technology often makes this easier to do and leverages student interests but ask anyone who’s had to sit through a two hour Powerpoint if the technology engaged them in the learning process.
  4. 4. <ul><li>Myth #2 </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology eliminates most discipline problems. When the student is involved in the work, there is little time for trouble. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Technology does nothing to eliminate discipline problems. Technology does, once again, help you design engaging lessons which can decrease discipline problems but not because of technology. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Myth #3 </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology allows students to take ownership of the project. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A well designed lesson gives students ownership. It’s not about the technology, it’s about the ownership. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Myth #4 </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology transforms the teacher from authority expert to facilitator. The teacher becomes more of a participant when the students use technology to find answers online. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>No, but c hanging your teaching style to take advantages of the increased access the web gives you might transform a teacher but it’s a change in mindset not in technology usage </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Myth #5 </li></ul><ul><li>Technology use is part of the normal learning process for students; it is in their “comfort zone.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>True, but do teachers keep up? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Myth #6 </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology reduces the workload on the teacher. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Great for collaboration, preparing for next year, chores like grading, data </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Myth #7 </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is used everywhere - in math, science, engineering, transportation, manufacturing, and every business application you can think of. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>I agree with this with the caveat that technology is used in relevant and real world ways. That’s certainly not always the case in schools. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Myth #8 </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology allows for the free exchange of information. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Very true…but schools usually block this </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>All ideas from www.bionicteaching.com </li></ul>

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