Teaching with technology.

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.

New way of learning.

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!

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3 Responses to Teaching with technology.

  1. kelmerraji says:

    I am conflicted on this one! On the one hand, I think that kids should be able to learn without technology (really dissect the frog) but on the other hand, our society is so dependent on technology that students should be as exposed to innovation as possible. Their jobs in the future will be dependent on technology, so I think that educators are doing the right thing. I also think that technology does allow children to learn even more than before. What do you think?

  2. smcinty1 says:

    This is a very interesting topic and one I find myself quite torn over. Being in my twenties now, and working in the marketing field, and working digitally primarily, I could not image how inefficient my time would be without constantly being connected. It is absolutely a crutch, I admit it. I am absolutely too reliant on technology. I’m torn because I agree with some of your initial thoughts, especially regarding cell phones, in that it has no place in the classroom. I’m thankful, every day, that even though I attended high school in the 2000s, we still had to learn advanced math and write essays in long-hand. I love the feel of a physical book. And frankly, interacting with teenagers nowadays, is excruciating. Normal social skills, and writing skills for that matter, have completely gone to the wayside and I doubt the Pew Research could not find a correlation between the two. It makes for a very interesting discussion, and is definitely worth some pondering over, at the very least.

  3. I think it depends on the subject matter. My former high school just became an iPad school. There are certainly cost benefits when you think of all the books you don’t have to buy on paper. Beyond that though it is probably a good thing. Most people, kids included, look to their computers or mobile devices as quick sources of information, whether on the go or not. It makes sense to use this same technology to cater to varying learning styles.

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