When people hear the word google what do you think comes to mind? It could be a search engine, a form of entertainment, or maybe even a curse. However, the question we are all wondering is how does it affect our learning? We were put up to decide whether if Schools should not be teaching anything that can be googled in my Ed tech 400 class, and my question to you is, where do you fall on this spectrum revolving around Google?
Let’s first start with the benefits technology has on our education system by analyzing Sugata Mitra’s Ted Talk on Building a School in the Clouds. “Schools as we know them are obsolete. They aren’t broken. They are outdated.” This notion that Sugata strongly states really sparked my interest when in context of today’s technology, because he has a solid argument. Today’s school system is in fact over 300 years old, but the process of learning is still the same today. Now we bring in the fact of how technology has advanced so quickly, and how many new jobs and already existing ones rely on this technology, we come to the conclusion of how important technology is in our society. Sagata is quite bluntly suggesting when our schooling is going to advance as quickly as technology has. He has not only proven research on how technology is benefiting learners, even without the basic skills of the technology at hand. But has also stated how kid’s brains react to tests and exams in a negative way. If you want to learn more about this topic I urge you to watch Surgata’s Ted Talk, which is definitely worth the watch.
The second thing that I personally connected to was the idealization regarding memorization. This concept that everyone has also fallen under both sides to this argument. One may say that memorization is a key skill one needs to learn to understand more complex skills and how Google can’t help one memorize. The idea that without this skill of memorization nothing could be learned and how technology is hurting our skill to memorize. However, on the opposite side, one may say that the things people memorize aren’t as important as the overall understanding of the problem. Both sides have valid arguments and I think that both debaters in my Ed Tech class touched base on this idea and used it well to their overall conclusion.
Whichever side you may fall under, we can all agree that both sides have fair and valid points. Even though I fall on one particular side, I would rather not specify because I want to challenge you to pick your own side to the debate without my bias opinion. With all of what’s been said, which side do you fall under?
When in regards to technology in the classroom I lean more towards the agreement of how it enhances children’s knowledge. This being said, my main reasoning for this is because of the love I have for technology not only in my own standpoint but also in the context of teaching. Brian Braiker states that “75 percent of educators think technology has a positive impact with education” and I fall in this group of teachers. I believe that technology can be more engaging, fun, beneficial, and easier to connect with as students however we need to use it properly. I think the biggest argument people have against technology in the classroom is how we either use it too much or how it isn’t used properly. I totally agree with this statement, and because of this logic teachers now are more likely to partake in classes to advance their knowledge in technology first hand. We need to find “A sweet spot when it comes to technology” as Ben Kesling states which in my mind is true. We can’t just get rid of textbooks, and the old fashion way of learning, but on the other side of the spectrum we can’t just completely eradicate technology from students. Finding that sweet spot is going to be the most influential for our students, and being able to use the technology properly will help get us to a higher education.
Technology has a thin line between an addiction and an engagement when in context of students, as Warren Buckleitner briefly describes it as. I think both sides have valid arguments and as stated above, having that sweet spot may be the answer. As a world that revolves around technology and majority of jobs using it in some form, it’s hard not to have our students using it. We as teachers need to realize that even if we aren’t incorporating it in our lessons, students are going to sneak it in the class one way or the other. Why not engage this idea and use it to our advantage, and whether it’s letting them use their phone for a project or surfing the web for new ideas why not have them use it and connect with it easier.
I think we need to accept the fact that technology is part of our lives in the 21st century. I feel biased saying this because I am a 90s kid who was born into the dawn of technology and was introduced to technology at a young age but that’s the reality of it. Brian Braiker explains how “More than half of all children ages 8 and younger have access to a mobile device at home, either a smartphone (41 percent), a video iPod (21 percent), or an iPad or another tablet device (8 percent)” which in my mind are some very high numbers. Whether or not you believe technology benefits or hurts young minds, at one point in life they are going to have access to it so why not join the bandwagon.
Money is also a factor when talking technology, and the aspect of how all students may not have the money to have such technological benefits. It’s a solid argument but my solution is as simple as outdated technology. People argue the fact that students may not be able to afford laptops, iPads and such but in reality, there is older equipment that is so outdated they are basically worthless when in context of money. We don’t all need a brand new iPad when an old computer that’s 75% of the price will do just as much. There is always a solution with technology even when in context of money, it’s just up to you if you want to accept the new dawn of technology.
With the dawn of technology only beginning, it’s not a surprise that digital identity is a big factor in our lives and most importantly in our kid’s lives. However, what’s shocking to me is the fact that 80% of kids under the age of 2 have some form of online presence. These kids don’t even have a sense of what digital identity is and already have a presence online. Whether it’s harming them or not, it’s shocking to see how high that number really is. I have been enlightened to see how our culture runs on social media and how one’s digital identity no matter of their age is normal, even for a kid under the age of 2. It leads me to the point where I ask myself, when is social media going to take over our lives? Or even, has social media already taken over? With Snapchat now accessing one’s location, Instagram luring people to the app, and even Facebook ripping society apart it leads me to second guess my priorities when in perspective of social media.
As a teacher, we need to watch out when in context of digital identity because anything can hurt us. Having any sort of negative identity online, whether it’s a picture, a comment, or even a relation to something negative can harshly impact our lives as teachers. Even if it’s taken out of context, our digital identity is an easy way for us as teachers to get fired or much worse consequences. I personally think it’s a scary issue as a future teacher and I am very careful about what I do online because it can affect my whole career. I also think it’s important as an educator to teach the next generation of kids about their digital identity. Teaching them the harsh reality of how it could affect one’s life in a big way at a young age may enlighten them to understand that what’s posted on the internet is always going to be there. I’m not saying that we need them to get off of social media, but for them to understand the consequences your digital identity may lead to, due to one’s online actions. Technology may be part of everyday life and part of our future, however, our development of our own individual digital footprint is up for you to decide now.
This week in our EDTC400 class we brushed against the topic of technology and how it coincides with our everyday lives. This class discussion was mainly on the disadvantages technology brings, but also touched based on the advantages. people may think technology is a curse but honestly, I think life would be very difficult without it. I couldn’t imagine going somewhere without my phone or having to write an essay without my laptop. These essential things in my life that I am dependent on may be a curse to some people but in my mind its a blessing. I think from the dawn of time technology has been looked at through a positive lens but will always have its downfalls to people. But as a 90s kid being raised in the new dawn of technology I have been born into the era where technology is part of my everyday life and is changing so drastically that if I don’t keep up, I may as well fall behind.
What really hit me in this discussion was the realization of how Instagram and Facebook control us as human beings. Katia brought up the fact that Instagram (owned by Facebook) will withhold likes so that they can strategically bring you back to using the app more frequently. For instance, if you aren’t using the app enough they will give you more likes so that it will lure you into opening the app. This fact shocked me and made me think twice about the app that I personally enjoy. Instagram is one of my first choice apps on my phone and I like to use it to keep connected to not only my friends but to other people I want to keep connected with. However, hearing this fact makes me second guess the app I use and makes me wonder if it is really worth using.
When watching Sherry Turke’s Ted Talk about being connected in today’s society, I really connected with her idea of how people today are too connected to texting. She states that they would prefer to text than have a face to face conversation simply because “you cant control what you’re going to say” in front of other people. It is really easy to hide behind a screen and say whatever you want because you can simply edit it until you like what you have said or the fact that you don’t have to see the other person emotions or reaction to what you have sent them. Texting acts as a shield for people and is the reason why bullying is at the shockingly high rate it is. Even though I have a phone and I do in fact text people, I prefer to either call them or talk to them face to face. with the generation of tinder, Instagram, Facebook and all sorts of online communication, it’s ironic how these apps are used to keep us connected. However, Sherry gives us a strong reasoning to believe how alone our generation really is.
I want to end this post with the realization that technology is always going to keep advancing. it may come with the good the bad and the ugly, but it may also bring lots of greatness. However, as a culture who greatly depends on this technology, we need to find a balance between it. I believe that the technology of today has more benefits then downfalls, but it is up to you to decide if technology controls you or if you control technology?
Hi, my name is Noah and I’m in my third year of the secondary education program majoring in math and minoring is Phys-ed. I’m originally from Winnipeg, MB, but moved here for school and athletics. I’m a member of the swim team here at the university and when I’m not training for swimming I’m either napping or eating. One may think it sounds like a boring life? But when you train 10 times a week as a full-time student it’s hard to even find time for a nap. Another context of my interests is in the realm of travel. I have been all over North America and because of my success in swimming, it also keeps me traveling to exotic places. In the time I have been in Regina for school/swimming I have traveled to places like Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, and hopefully more in the future.
My thoughts on technology in the classroom are as simple as I think it’s necessary. It’s an easy way to teach the same material and with the generation of kids relying on technology, I think it better connects with them as learners. As a kid growing up in school, the technology was just starting to develop. The new things were MacBook’s, smart boards, kahoot, and the list could go on. Unfortunately, my teachers never had a background in this developing technology so we always had technical difficulties and most likely missed crucial material due to this lack of knowledge. Because technology keeps on growing I think teachers should embrace it and use it in their own classrooms. It not only helps students better connect to subject material but can teach us as teacher’s new things.
This week I only attended 1 of 2 classes because I was traveling to Victoria for a swim meet, so I thought I would spend this week’s post talking about my place sitting. As I happened to be in Victoria I thought I would embrace this opportunity and use it towards my place sitting. As we had the first day off of swimming I took this chance to explore the peer of Victoria and found a dock to sit on next to the water’s edge. As I sat there, listening to the wind and the waves crashing I couldn’t help but notice the background noise. The people, construction, boat traffic, it was loud enough to distract me from my own thoughts but in a way, it gave me a new perspective of the outdoors. What most people think of when they hear nature is the concept of quietness, some sort of land that is untouched and even sacred but I am starting to reconsider this normal concept of nature. Maybe nature can consist of manmade objects such as buildings, cars, and cities. I think that since we co-exist with this city lifestyle that we can also view it as a 21st-century wilderness, a concrete jungle to quote Alicia Keys. I think a lot of people go to the extent of going out of their way to capture this so-called nature craving when in reality they could embrace the nature that is already around them. As my place sitting came to an end, I was enlightened with the reality that nature is all around us all of the time and I challenge others to partake in this practice.
As my time in this class comes to an end I would like to conclude my learnings in a short video.
so here is my Outdoor Education final representation, hope you guys like it