ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How can we maximize the potential of technology devices in a classroom environment?
Another big question for educators these days! And as you see from this week’s readings having access to technology and devices involves a lot of considerations including management, usage and balance. And with lots of news, research and variety of perspectives about kids and technology, educators must be prepared to justify how they use technology to support and enhance teaching and learning. There are many resources to guide teachers about how to manage devices….here are a few…
And it’s also important to consider not only the benefits when using technology, but also the challenges…
There’s even debate on if technology is even making an impact in student learning….
And how do we combine traditional (effective) teaching strategies with technology? Larry Cuban asks in Technology “Disrupting” Teaching, “Have the new technologies used by schools and in classrooms altered the practice of teaching and learning? While Kerry Gallagher (in EdSurge) explains “Why Effective Digital Learning Shouldn’t Disrupt Traditional Teaching Techniques”
And do the devices we provide in schools make a difference? Kim Cofino leads an online discussion asking “Why are we building 1:1 programs with laptops when kids are using mobile devices?” (Laptop Learning Curve) (blog post and video OR listen to it as a podcast here)
Lots of things to consider as educators….but also consider this perspective from this student
Course 4 Progress Check
We are wrapping up Course 4 in the next few weeks and by April 22 you should have
- 5 blog post completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
- 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
- You are welcome to comment outside the cohort, but please continue to read and comment within it as well.