James Rosenberg: Technology in the Classroom: Friend or Foe? The proliferation of technology has transformed modern society on many levels. In the classroom, technology is changing the way children learn, educators teach and how teachers and students communicate with one another. While technology provides greater access to information and new ways for students to learn, it can become a crutch hindering creative problem solving and cognitive development. Given the rise of technology in the classroom, we are faced with a dilemma: Does technology provide our students with experience they need to succeed in the 21st century, or does it hinder them from developing valuable skills that are only attainable through human interaction? One approach, illustrated by New Tech Network high schools, aims to completely immerse students in technology to help them develop modern-day skills. These schools believe that full access to technology, including computers and the Internet, enables students to become self-directed learners.
Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom By Kimberly Moore Kneas, Ph.D. and Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. Early Childhood Today: Are young children's brains (ages three through six) well suited to the use of technology? Parenting.com: Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad By Brian Braiker for Parenting Chris Crowell, a kindergarten teacher in Flemington, NJ, is summoned to the classroom kitchen area by Ava, 6, who has something to show him. "Mr. Crowell, we have a spider in the sink," she says, matter-of-factly. "Why don't we check out the spider under the microscope?" he replies, perking up the rest of the students, who are enjoying free play at various stations around the room.
100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom Facebook isn't just a great way for you to find old friends or learn about what's happening this weekend, it is also an incredible learning tool. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for enhancing communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings. Read on to learn how you can be using Facebook in your classroom, no matter if you are a professor, student, working online, or showing up in person for class. Note: Check out our updated version of this article for even more suggestions on Facebook in your class. Class Projects
The Advantages of Technology in the Classroom Technology is often intriguing to students, leading to a higher degree of student motivation. When students tire of exploring standard written texts or composing essays on paper, teachers can regain their interest by providing them with technology-rich lessons that allow them to use technology to learn and produce creative and dynamic products, such as digital movies or multi-media presentations. Because students are more interested in creating their intriguing works, they focus more attention on the completion of the task and, by connection, learn more.
How Teachers Learn While some maintain that reluctance to use new technologies is simply rooted in a lack of skill and confidence, there is evidence from Becker and Fullan that teachers need to be recruited. They must be convinced of the value of the new activities and then given ample time to work on teams to invent effective lessons. In many schools, teachers are isolated from each other and preoccupied with what Fullan calls "the daily press" of getting through their schedule, focused according to Becker on state standards. Quite a few of these teachers are likely to cling to routines they have enjoyed in the past until they are equipped and encouraged to find, invent and test new routines that are suitable and reliable replacements. This creative exploration, invention and testing will require a change in schools that breaks down isolation, facilitates the work of teams and provides ample time for program development. Effective Strategies and Projects
Pros and Cons of technology in education contributors: Rannah Dabiri, Noosha Deravi, Ahmed El Tamami, Erin Hong, Jack Percival, Kevin Torres, Max Weinberg, Katie Yeung, Brandon Zelner We were unable to partner with Habitat For Humanity for this month’s Service Learning. Instead, we remained on campus, researching technology use in education and learning. This is an issue that has risen to prominence in conjunction with the widespread adoption of cell phones, smart phones, social media, and various other things associated with digital information and entertainment. After spending the morning researching and reading we summarized our findings, presenting them as short articles of pros and cons, found below. Pros of Technology Teachers Report Educational Benefits of Frequent Technology Use Research | News Teachers Report Educational Benefits of Frequent Technology Use Teachers who use technology frequently in their classrooms perceive greater benefits to student learning--particularly learning 21st century skills--than teachers who are less frequent users.
Technology in the Schools: It Does Make a Difference! Brought to you by: TechnicalSchool.org This year, the Clinton administration earmarked an additional $25 million over last year's budget to help schools integrate technology into the curriculum and for technology training for teachers. Will spending all that money really help kids learn? This week, Education World examines both sides of the Is technology worth it? debate. Ed Tech in the Classroom The other day an upper school student came into the library looking for a copy of a literary classic. I pulled a copy off the shelf, excited to get a requested book into the hands of a young reader. I couldn’t help but notice, however, the tiny print and the yellowed, discolored pages. I thought to myself, “I’d rather read this book on a clean computer screen.” A lightbulb switched on in my bibliophile brain.
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Researcher Studies Effects of Technology in Schools SPRINGFIELD - A researcher at Missouri State University is launching a new study aimed at helping schools understand the pros and cons of technology in the classroom. That includes the range of laptops, tablets and phones that students use these days. Technology programs are popping up in public schools across Missouri and the rest of the country.
Educational Technology: Effectiveness of Computers in Education Computers are increasingly being incorporated into school curriculums. Teachers present processes and concepts using programs such as Powerpoint, and students can utilize visual models and word processor to enhance their learning experience. Are Computers Effective at instructing students to retain information better? Some studies show a dramatic increase in performance while others show that CAI has small to moderate-sized positive effects on achievement (Avrim, 2000). From research, it can be concluded that CAI is best used when it is in addition to the instruction of a teacher and not when it replaces the teacher.