21st Century Learning

In recent discussions about using technology in the classroom, more specifically in our writing of things like essays and research papers, a controversial issue has been whether we should allow students to use this new tech in their writings and research. One side of the scale there are those who say that we should allow this use of tech because it’s a useful tool for students, we just need to inform them on how to use things like search engines and how to look the “right” information. From this viewpoint those who support this idea of thinking are basically saying that “look the tech is out there, it’s up to us as educators to inform students how to properly do research online.” Then on the other side of the scale we have those who are quick to ban or diminish the use of such resources, like the fabled Wikipedia! According to the followers of this argument sources like Wikipedia will always be out there, will for the most part remain an unreliable source of information. This argument argues that the internet is a vast source and we simply can’t educate all students on all sources to use and not use. In sum the issue happens to be whether or not we should incorporate tech (specifically search engines) in our classrooms.

My own view is that as educators we are preparing our students essentially for the world after school, thus it is our job to attempt to keep current with societal trends and incorporate them in our classrooms. Though I agree that doing so does add to an already hectic and load baring regiment that educators already have. I still maintain that adding the use of tech and teaching how to use it in terms of educational benefit would greatly add to the learning of students. For example showing students the difference between a credited site and just some random site that google pops up. Although there will continue to be those who argue that “the ole fashioned” way of using books and physical text is better, I would reply that almost anything found in the schools library is online in some way shape or form. This issue is important because it is an issue that will be effecting us in ED 270 as future educators ourselves.


Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions on technology in education and in the classroom, a controversial issue that has come about is whether having technology in the classroom is a positive or beneficial outcome for the students, Use and Abuse of Tech in the Classroom. On one side of the spectrum there are those who argue that technology in the classroom would help students to engage in coursework because today’s children are born into a world filled with technology, Turning on the Lights. There are also those on the other end of the spectrum who argue that while technology promote learning, the “old fashion” pencil to paper routine works just as well, Power of the Pencil. Each individual view point brings about ideas and concepts that future educators and even society will have to collaborate upon to give a more definitive answer. To sum it up, the issue is not whether technology is good or bad, moreover how and what role can it or should it play in the classrooms of our students.

My own view is that limited and proper technology in the classroom will prove to be a positive outcome for our students, and the technology must be introduced because our society is evolving into a technology based one. I acknowledge the notion that technology does provide a degree of distraction in the classroom, I stay true to my view that technology in schools will be beneficial because in a sense our society calls for the integration of technology. The issue of technology in the classroom is important because technology is ever changing and as our use of technology in society grows it is inevitable that our students will be introduced to technology.