Using Technology in the Classroom (The Theory)In this presentation, well talk about:How todays kids are different than they were a decade or two ago.Changing roles of education.Things to keep in mind as you try to start technology projects at your own school or institution.
But first...Here are some important things to keep in mind:Its not bad, its not wrong, its different.Dont use technology for technologys sake.Todays generation has grown up with technology.
How Are Kids Different?They are constantly surrounded by media.
How Are Kids Different?Their attention spans are shorter.
How Are Kids Different?They think things like work and school should be entertaining by nature.
How Are Kids Different?Part of their “self” is now contained online.
How Are Kids Different?“Our newest generation – currently in K-12 – is demonstrating for us the impact of having developed under the digital wave. These youth have been completely normalized by digital technologies —it is a fully integrated aspect of their lives. Many students in this group are using new media and technologies to create new things in new ways, learn new things in new ways, and communicate in new ways with new people—behaviors that have become hardwired in their ways of thinking and operating in the world. Children are establishing a relationship to knowledge gathering which is alien to their parents and teachers.”
So, Whats the Problem?We are using Enlightenment era philosophies of education in the Age of Information.
So, Whats the Problem?The Enlightenment was a revolution in education......but this is how they viewed education:
So, Whats the Problem?But were living in the Information Age......and theres a LOT more information to deal with: bucket
Therefore...Our educational system should: Help students SORT information. Help students THINK CRITICALLY. Create LIFE-LONG LEARNERS. Not force students to memorize USELESS KNOWLEDGE.
Things to Think About:“Exomemory”What do people do when they dont know something?
Things to Think About:“Games, simulations, and social networking are already permeating the workplace as productivity and development tools – we may be doing our students a large disservice by not integrating these tools into their education.”
Sounds Great! What next?So, you want to use more technology in your classroom?Make sure you follow this checklist:
Your School:Make sure that:The administration is behind you.You have the IT people to support your project.You have the appropriate technological infrastructure (high-speed Internet, updated computers, etc.)
Your Teachers:Make sure that:THEY know how to use the technology.Their pedagogical approach is “tech- friendly” (as discussed above).They have / know where to get resources (lesson plans, materials, online resources, etc.)
Your Students:Make sure that:They know how to use the system and/or hardware.They will be interested and challenged by the materialThey do not get distracted by other technological “diversions” when its not appropriate (e.g., Facebook).
SummaryKids learn differently now than they used to. Its not bad, its just different.We should be preparing our students for a successful 21st century life. This may mean rethinking “the way weve always done it.”Make sure your institution is FULLY PREPARED before starting technology- driven courses.
Discussion QuestionsHow are you already using technology in your institution?How would you like to use technology in the future?If cost were not a problem, what would you do at your institution?What problems could arise when trying to integrate technology in the classroom?