“Technology,” a word we were told to avoid in my last class, Digital Literacy. Now, we’re reading, blogging, and tweeting all about it, especially its use in the classroom for learning. Two reading for this week that came at a perfect time for me were:
“A National Push for More ‘Active use’ of Technology in Learning”: It was refreshing to learn that the Department of Education is putting an effort into digital learning. Also, that they recognize the need to shift a new concern on digital divide. It’s not only about lack of access to digital devices or internet, but rather “how educators guide students in using that technology.”
“Response: Technology in the Classroom ‘Is Simply a Tool”: I loved the responses in this article as they were all consistent in their overall message, “Technology is simply a tool…” (Andrew Miller), “…determine what tools (tech) are best for that (learning) purpose,” (Jennifer Orr), a cool web tool “doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for instruction or learning” (Michael Fisher), and
All too often, I see teachers get excited about a new, shiny app or device and immediately start thinking about how they can incorporate it into their classroom. Their curriculum becomes heavily influenced by what app they want to use just because it’s “cool” so they tack it in. The problem with this thinking is that cool fades-learning ticks. – Cheryl Mizerny
I see technology as a way to support learning subject content in the classroom; however, mindful planning with curriculum is also a necessity in effective teaching. This includes ensuring that digital applications are appropriate and useful for task at hand.
As I work on my Service Learning in creating a curriculum on a Canvas site for the first time. I need to be mindful of the digital applications I choose to use. Determine the learning goals to guide this process. What are some of the digital tools I should provide for college students to add to their toolbox?