Sorry I’ve been MIA lately- been a little under the weather. But I’m back up and running!
I just recently read a really interesting article/study from Pew Research. The article analyzed a recent study regarding the use of technology in the classroom. I can remember all through high school and even through college, the huge emphasis that my schools made on the “no cell phone use” rule. Every day single day, someone was getting in trouble for using their cell phone.. even in college. But one of the statistics found from this survey totally caught me off guard.
Mobile technology has become central to the learning process, with 73% of AP and NWP teachers saying that they and/or their students use their cell phones in the classroom or to complete assignments
I really can’t think of one reason as to why or how a cell phone could be useful in a classroom setting, unless it’s being used for a calculator. Even then, the students are going to get much help from a cell phone if they’re in advanced math classes.
Teachers also use other technological methods to get their point across. It was said in the survey that at the very least, 45% of teachers use e-readers and tab computers to improve the lesson/lecture, or to even help the students complete the assignment. Another interesting finding was in regards to high income teachers versus the low income teachers.
- Teachers of the lowest income students are more than twice as likely as teachers of the highest income students (56% v. 21%) to say that students’ lack of access to digital technologies is a “major challenge” to incorporating more digital tools into their teaching
In 2008, the Edutopia staff wrote a compelling article as to why technology in the classroom is beneficial and extremely important. The staff writes that technology in the classroom can provide “active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts”. Hands-on learning has always been the best and proved to be highly effective. With the use of technology, learning can be at its peak.
What do you guys think? Is technology really that important? Should kids be stuck learning subjects just like the way we learned? Who would learn best- the student who dissected the real frog, or the one that dissected one on an iPad? I would love your thoughts and feedback!