Monday, June 18, 2012

How Does Technology Change the Classroom?

Chapter 4 begins with Tom sitting in on a "behavior meeting." Apparently other teachers are having a problem with a student with whom Tom gets along well. In response to why this student is doing well in Tom's class, he says, "'I really think it's because he and I have found a way to get along.'" In addition he says "This child trusts me because I don't shame him.... I try not to waste his time with meaningless work and in return he doesn't waste my time with meaningless chatter.... None of that requires a pencil." How does technology impact learning? How does it change the teacher's role? The student's? Does technology increase student engagement? How do you think the use of technology changes the classroom or the teacher? What essential parts of traditional teaching and learning are key to student success outside of technology?

8 comments:

  1. Behavioral expectations for student and teacher are defined clearly with or w/o technology. A teacher facilitates the student's learning. Technology can be used to engage, practice, re-enforce, assess,etc. It can be a help or hindrance dependent upon its use.
    I am 84% through this e-book and Spencer's introduction of race through the placement of Paul in the "cheap seats" reminds me again that technology does not exist in a vacuum.

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  2. Technology provides access. It provides students with a platform for inquiry and creativity. Tools of technology may enhance a lesson, but it is not a guarantee of high engagement just by incorporating technology. There is merit in traditional teaching that still promotes higher-order thinking skills, written expression, and interacting with text. Technology can enhance this type of learning.

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  3. Teachers should look at technology as just another tool in their teaching arsenal. These tools are not meant to take the place of the teacher or to replace the traditional teaching that we all know and love. The technology can be used to enhance the teaching/learning experience. The unengaged student may be captured by a new app just as he may be captured by a new approach to a subject. Maybe the student in the "behavior meeting" is an extremely advanced student in an "average"class...technology can be used to offer him more challenging curricula without making everyone feel left behind. Maybe the student is a little slower than his classmates...again technology will allow the teacher to personalize his instruction without drawing attention to his level.

    A "techno-beginner" teacher can use the technology in small ways & do just one or two small things that will add to her students experiences while a "techno-advanced" teacher may develop personalized lessons for all students. Either way, these teachers will be using a powerful tool that will enhance their students lives.

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  4. Within my general music classes, the more I add any type of technology, the more engaged all the students are, especially the ones with discipline/learning problems. Yet there is a need for traditional learning to be blended with the new technology. Students are able to apply and research more efficiently with the use of technology. Just because technology is not involved does not mean that the lesson is not as important. Just as incorporating technology for the sake of technology does not mean we are promoting an active engagement of thinking skills.

    Technology can become meaningless work as well as any "traditional" assignment. The teacher still dictates as to how the student will learn more efficiently and the technology draws upon more skills to enhance that learning.

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  5. Technology impacts learning by giving students a voice and moving them to a more student-centric learning environment.

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  6. Above all, I believe it's the teacher's ability to connect with the student that will determine success. The analogy of technology as a tool supports this notion.

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  7. Technology is just another tool that is going to be used by teachers to support the students education. The gains the students makes is going to happen if the teacher uses the technology wisely to engage the student and support their learning.

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  8. Oh, so true. I am going to try several units this year in which I will "flip" my classroom. We have such a problem with absent students that if I put the teaching online then the students can work at their pace, absent or not. Much easier to handle missed lessons.

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