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?