A Week of Awesomeness at EHS 10.9.15
Students as Learners
Articles Worth Reading
"Students Who Frequently Use Computers Do Worse In Learning"
I hesitated to include this article in our Friday Focus, because sometimes we have a tendency to skim the first few paragraphs, make our inferences, and move on. I mean, it's a reading strategy! I urge you to read through these thoughts, and then read the entire article before making your judgements.
The reason I include this article is because it addresses a few important points that I think we all need to understand:
1) Relationships are still the most important part of a student's experience at school.
2) Technology is not the silver bullet it's been promised to be. SOLID TEACHING is the silver bullet. Technology is a way to amplify that. (Please note that the data from this study is from 2012. Just think how much technology has changed in the last three years, and how teachers have probably adapted and improved their teaching with technology since then.)
Here are a couple of quotes from the article that drive this point home:
"Technology can amplify great teaching but great technology cannot replace poor teaching."
"School systems need to find more effective ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning to provide educators with learning environments that support 21st century pedagogies and provide children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's world."
Please, please read the last two paragraphs of the article.