After viewing some of my peers opinions on if technology improves learning, I can say we all have the same opinion concerning technology if it doesn’t work. By doesn’t work, I mean what if the wireless in class in down? Then the teacher will have to find an alternative activity to do that may not involve the use of technology. Another point that one of my peers mentioned about the problems concerning the use of technology in class was students getting distracted easily. Especially if you are dealing with laptops. Students are able to open different tabs during an activity and may not give their full attention to the instructor.
Besides the negative side concerning the use of technology in classrooms, my peers also provided some of the same viewpoints as me pertaining to the positive side of technology use in the classroom. They made certain points on how technology has helped student’s creativity levels grow more. They allow students to be more hands on interactive. Technology can also conform to the way certain students learn.
Twitter has been quite helpful. I’ve been able to follow pages like GA Dept for Education. I was able to see how Georgia Department for Education is using technology outside the classroom to get parents involved in their children’s education. Parents can now sign up to receive tips, facts and resources for their 4 & 5 year-olds for Pre-K & Kindergarten. I also followed GA Virtual Learning. Georgia Virtual Learning is a virtual public school that offers school classes that are accredited by the NCAA.
The reason why I chose the question of, “Does the use of technology in the classroom help students become better learning?” as my question to investigate is because it interest me. I think it will be interesting to see if technology can really help students learn better. Now a days in classrooms, we all use some type of technology in teaching and learning. Whether it’s the teacher using technology such as a smartboard or a student using their iPhone, tablet, or laptop to learn in the classroom.
This question is very relevant in my life because I tend to take better notes in class using my laptop. Yes I have heard that writing down notes help you learn better but with a laptop, I have the internet at my fingertips. I can google a word I don’t know, highlight things and search them and even contribute to helping those who may be studying the same topic as me. I also think my peers in Edit2000 would be interested in my question because our class focuses a lot on how technology is being used in education.
To search for my answer, I will start looking on google for technology that is commonly used in classrooms. It is also quite relevant for K12 education because schools are now starting to imprint the use of technology in classrooms as early as kindergarten. I also have a family member who works in elementary and I can ask them if they can describe what type of technology they use in their classroom and also their opinion on whether technology helps students learn better. I just started following SMART Technologies (@SMART_Tech) on Twitter. You can also search hashtags such as #Education, #Edtec, #Futureready and #Flippedclass