Technology in the Classroom
What I learned during my observation hours.
What types of technology were students using?
Students appeared to be more engaged in the lesson content while using technology.
Look at how much technology classrooms have now!
What was the teacher doing? - While the students were using the internet to enhance lessons or design power points, the teacher was there to guide them, answer questions, and teach them the content.
What are the pros and cons of technology in the classroom?
- Used as a teaching aid
- Reduces paper clutter and heavy books
- Easy access to information
- Makes communicating outside class quick and simple
- Students can become distracted during class
- Students may be tempted to copy work from the internet
- Technical difficulties can occur, such as: dead battery, faulty internet connection
An interview with the teacher:
Access to information is the biggest benefit. If I am teaching a lesson and a student has a question that I don't know the answer to, they can quickly look up the answer and share it with the rest of the class. I also love the ability to communicate with students outside of class time. If they have any questions about assignments they can send me a quick email. I can also assign things that are more interesting and relevant to students using the internet.
What are the disadvantages for student use of technology?
The computers can be a source of distraction for the students. They can surf the web or play games while I am teaching or a student is speaking, and then they miss the information being taught.
What is your favorite technology and why?
I love that students can turn assignments in online. I don't have the papers to keep track of, neither do students. It really is a better way of keeping track of work for me and for students.