Technology and School

Katrina Crosby----EDU/315----Debra Stewart----July 28, 2014

What are the differences in student and teacher use of technology? How has this evolved?

According to Warlick (2013) students "are certainly more technology savvy than we are. These kids seem to know how to assimilate the technology. They seem to instinctively understand how to use this technology to make their lives better. We, on the other hand, we accommodate the technology. We try to figure out where to fit it into our lives because we feel compelled to do that." Teachers are trying their best to make technology work in the classroom while students seem to automatically know how to utilize it. Paper information is also vanishing and is being transferred to digital information. The future is rapidly changing and evolving, so the future for students is unpredictable and different.

What are the three “T”s as suggested by Warlick? What impact do these have in classroom management?

Tools: Are a large part of the everyday classroom now and is what Warlick (2013) uses to describe technology because technology is too broad of a term. "Literacy is gonna mean much, much more in the 21st century than it meant for me in the middle part of the 20th century" (Warlick, 2013). Using the internet and reading the information is literacy. Asking questions and becoming an "internet detective" is going to be a part of literacy. Tools are going to allow teachers and students become more intelligent. Warlick (2013) points out that sites that do digital storytelling allows students to be more creative early on without having to worry about grammar, thus increasing learning and retention.


Teleconnection: Teachers are able to connect and learn from each other like never before. A teacher in Virginia is able to communicate and access information from a teacher in California, which all leads to a better classroom and learning environment for students.


Time: "This is the biggest problem; the biggest barrier that prevents teachers from retooling their classrooms for the 21st century is a lack of time...if we could give our teachers three or four hours of planning time every day, just like in Japan, just like in Germany, imagine what their classrooms could be like" (Warlick, 2013).

What further expectations should be in place in classroom use of technology?

I believe that we should try to include technology in the classroom as much as possible to enhance student learning but without taking away from the intimacy of teacher-student interactions. Classrooms should keep evolving with the time and advancements in technology to keep students and teachers ready for the future.

What staff development might be indicated by this video series?

Teachers may need to take steps to keep up with current technology by attending workshops or classes on how to use new technology and incorporate it within the classroom. Technology is constantly evolving so teachers and the classroom will need to as well.

What social media concerns should be addressed at the school level? How might this best occur?

Unsafe and inappropriate communication between students and teachers or students and strangers on social media sites. I believe that this would be best addressed through computer/technology classes for the students and set standards for teachers in a handbook.

How will you, as a teacher role model, best address the needs of your students in technology use?

I personally will try to keep up with the latest technology and how to implement it in the classroom. I will also display how to use it appropriately, correctly, and safely to the students. I wishfully would like to support fund raisers and donations to keep schools up to date on technology in the best interest of the students and their futures.

References

Warlick, D. (2013). The Last Generation of Internet Immigrants [Video file]. Retrieved from Educational Impact website: http://www.educationalimpact.com/programs/programs/activity/21stCent_04b_01/