Technology integration certainly presents some advantages and disadvantages to both teachers and students. As educators it is important that we are conscious of the benefits and detriments that technology poses to our students learning.
- Students and teachers need not worry about losing handouts or misplacing notes everything is conveniently located online for parents and students viewing.
- Allows students to work from absolutely anywhere! This will allow varsity athletes, band and drama students, etc. to stay on top of their studies even when they embark on necessary trips with their chosen sport or activity.
- Many of us have noticed the recent decline in today’s youths ability to engage in effective meaningful face-to-face conversation. The more we promote technology integration into the classroom, there is increased potential that our students will become less and less able or willing to interact without technology.
- Often the goal of learning is lost in the use of cool and up to date technology.
Technology Integration and the Twentry-first Century Learner
Twenty first century learners are going to have a massive digital finger print before they are of legal age. This has huge implications on the students safety, lives and accessibility. Adolescent’s are not going to be considering the way that their internet usage makes them accessible to anyone around the world. Few will comprehend the idea of a digital footprint. Maybe this does not affect them at this stage of their life, but there will be repercussions as they choose careers later in life.
As we continue to integrate technology into education, there will be more of a focus on inquiry. This allows the students to seek out answers to questions. As teachers we will take more of a facilitator role, providing our students with the necessary support and resources to be successful. This will allow students to experience limitless learning, as educators we must be constantly checking in with our students, assessing them formatively to ensure learning is occurring as they progress to the production of their final project.
Until next time,