An Advantage in Learning or the Demise of Critical Thinking?
Technology usage in the classroom has been unjustly labeled with negative connotations. This type of thinking is naive. Our world is dominated by the human race, yet we find ourselves blaming the presence of technological advancements in our lives for our incompetencies and lack of social skills. The problem is not whether or not technology should be present in the classroom, but instead how we can use it effectively.
For my video I recorded some of the kids I babysit as real life examples of how technology has had a positive impact on education. Using various ages to diversify the effects of technology, showing that anyone is capable of developing this skill set. Both Carter and Ben are shown using a website called ABC Mouse to practice math, science and reading skills through a range of comprehension levels. Then, we see Ella displaying her own counting skills even at the young age of 3 through different interactive games on her iPad. Lastly, 7 year old Emma presents us with her reading skills through an online reading program known as Raz Kids. I previously worked as a nanny for Emma and worked through her homework assignments with her daily. During which, Raz Kids was one that always stood out to me. The program offers books for every reading level and they are able to read aloud to you, as well as providing comprehension quizzes and the option to record yourself reading the book. Reading is an essential life skill that young kids often struggle with, but this online alternative presents kids with interactive ways of repetition and suddenly they forget they are even learning.
Tweets That Promote Electronic Components in Learning:
A Lack Of Trust With The Digital World
Change is the only thing that remains constant in society. We have continued to flourish and adapt in ways that were merely dreams in the past, until we brought them to life. We have the power to use these technological advancements to our advantage rather than at our expense. The education that kids are receiving today will change our world in the years to come, once they begin to prevail adulthood. Wouldn’t we want them to reach their full potential? – With all of our best interests at heart?
Roadblocks that formerly restrained students, are now diminishing with each new innovation. Methods of communication that at one time seemed unimaginable are surfacing every day. Equipment such as translation software give ELL students (English Language Learners) the ability to vocalize their thoughts and opinions with teachers in a much stronger way, that eliminates barriers of understanding.
The most important thing to remember is the difference between interactive and passive media usage. Children who are simply handed an electronic device with absolutely no instruction, will not gain any proficient knowledge. Interactive uses are those in which students are guided through teaching and specific online tools that enhance their learning process. It’s time that we stop living in fear of what we don’t know about the digital world, and instead start taking control of it.