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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom
Transcript of The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom
Ashley Elizondo Technology in the Classroom For starters..... What we wanted to know What are the advantages and disadvantages of having technology in the classroom? With the information provided, we found a few compromises that could work For the first 30 minutes, teachers could have students search for information that has to do with the day's lesson before the actual lesson begins We explored both side of this topic in more ways than one.... Schools should set a limit for how much time technology can be used in school.
(About 50% of school time) Teachers should have student polls to encourage class participation. …”most of the schools that have integrated laptops and other digital tools into learning are not maximizing the use of those devices in ways that best make use of their potential” ~Paul Thomas, associate professor of education IT staff must learn new tasks like fighting computer viruses and keeping private information private. ~Andrew A. Zucker senior research scientist When computer usage first took off, accessibility wasn’t even brought to the table, now it is starting to be a priority and is part of a discussion, and more people with disabilities are speaking up. ~Marti Hathorn an assistive technology supervisor Technology in classrooms enable students to become creators of knowledge (by providing individualized practice to students who need it or by automatically reading text on the screen aloud, if need be) The analog, 20th century curriculum that most classrooms deliver doesn’t fit well with the realities of the exploding mobile digital world. Our kids are stuck in a paper-based local-learning system that doesn’t acknowledge the global networked, always on opportunities that mobile access affords.
~Marti Hathorn an assistive technology supervisor Here are some pros
in the classroom Here are some cons
in the classroom There has been this monumental shift toward using the internet and online content in the classroom. The problem is some of that is inaccessible for some students.
~Rudy Becerra, advocate for the disabled Chalk board, marker board, and now “smart” board have not improved teaching or learning, but have created increased costs of schools and profits for manufacturers. There is little existing research that shows positive outcomes from technology.
~Paul Thomas, associate professor of education Used wisely, technology can make schools more relevant and engaging.
~Andrew A. Zucker senior research scientist On some days, teachers could hold a class field trip that take the place of a normal class session (a 60 minute class), and assign homework having to do with the trip that's due online the next class day. As far as paying for the technology.... Schools should hold annual fundraisers to help offset the costs of having technology and computers. Sources Used The Gazette (Montreal), November 9, 2012 , EDITORIAL / OP-ED; Pg. A22, 439 words Has Technology Increased Learning?, 2009, http://www.newyorktimes.com The New York Times, January 5, 2011 , Section A; Column 0; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 16, 1248 words, WINNIE HU The Globe and Mail (Canada), December 1, 2011, NATIONAL NEWS; THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION / FOURTH IN A FIVE-PART SERIES; Pg. A27, 1047 words, TAMARA BALUJA and KATE HAMMER The New York Times, September 4, 2011, Section A; Column 0; National Desk; GRADING THE DIGITAL SCHOOL; Pg. 1, 4262 words, By MATT RICHTEL "One book published in 2008, whose lead author is at the Harvard Business School, confidently predicted that by 2018 half of all high school courses in the United States would be taught online." (Concord Consortium, 2011) http://concord.org/sites/default/files/pdf/transforming-schools-rocket-science.pdf The Business Times Singapore, November 30, 2009, SPECIAL FOCUS, 1980 words