After reading chapter two, “Teaching with Technology” within Future Ready Learning, I was better able to understand how technology is meant to be incorporated into classrooms across America, specifically my own. The largest issues surrounding the
educational system in America, in my opinion, have to do with how to make education both more meaningful and more tangible to the modern student. It isn’t acceptable to state that all students learn best through a teacher lecturing at them as they take notes with a pencil and pieces of paper. In fact, it not only desperately clings to the past methods of teaching, but also hinders the student incredibly. Student’s, more than ever, should be facilitating their learning more than the teacher—those who are doing the most work/talking, are likely doing the most learning as well. When technology is incorporated into the classroom, this makes student lead learning more accessible to the student as well as more relevant.
Whether educators are willing to admit it or not, technology is now a huge part of our lives and, therefore, a large aspect of our student’s lives. Educators are now in a place of the facilitator than they are lecturer. Technology’s presence in the classroom allows for an easier means of facilitation and student lead education. Technology allows for easier access to information for both teachers and students. More importantly, educators are able to co-learn with their students when using technology because of the vast amount of information available through technology. Technology also allows an educator to form a bridge between students that may or may not have technology accessible to them outside of the classroom. Really, it offers a means for education to be more applicable, accessible, and meaningful to students. Who wouldn’t want this?
I think for me, the biggest part of technology integration in my classroom will come from an active use of computers or smart boards. Not every school is in a one-to-one district; there may be very little access to computers in the school (no more than those in the library or on a few laptop carts). The most important thing I can do is make sure student’s are educated in how to use technology in an academic way, even if we aren’t using it every single day. If I’m not able to have computers in my classroom every day, I will work to integrate it as much as I possibly can, but I also value traditional discussions or note-taking—I don’t see students as inherently hindered without computers in front of them every day; they are only hindered when technology isn’t even posed as an option for them.
My biggest question surrounding technology’s effective integration into education is how can I use technology in a way that doesn’t provide more of a distraction than it is a benefit? I would never want technology to take away from the learning I want to occur so I want to find a balance between these two things.