This was a beautiful comment question to this blog entry I’d like to respond to.
I am all for using technology to actually teach with tools like:
1. Interactive whiteboards (or projectors)
2. Multimedia (you tube, podcasts, pictures)
3. Click response systems
4. 1:1 laptop work
5. Science probes (Vernier stuff)
6. Math calculators
I note your asked about “learning” rather than “teaching” I see a difference between those.
Using technology to teach is trickier than using to assess kids because it’s harder to see if technology is making a difference. So if Mrs. Smith teaches a unit on Columbus, or decided to explore “ethics and morality” in the 1400’s, is teaching with technology better than her non-technology methodology? This isn’t a trite question. It actually goes to the heart of technology in education - is teaching with technology making it better? I know that kids seems more motivated and enthusiastic than when they are using technology. I know that kids can see and hear more with technology and I believe teachers are the ones who ultimately must make this decision.
This is why I wrote about assessment - it’s a bit easier to see a product that demonstrates understanding than the process of learning.
I personally believe technology is superior tool for learning. It is, of course, a disruptive thing, as the students are leading the learning.
Published on Monday, October 19, 2009 (9 years, 6 months, and 4 days ago). Posted in: Educational Tech Design Support