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Technology in Education Interview
Technology Interview-Ms. Carmack
Ms. Carmack is getting her masters in Science & Instructional Technology. She’s planning for technology and incorporating technology into the classroom.
Do you know of any ways technology is changing?
Collaboration in class in real time is becoming more popular. Google docs and Google drive are used by students to work together online or with teacher online on school projects and assignments. Social media should become more popular as a means of communicating with teachers and other students. Online textbooks should become more popular and easily accessible than real textbooks. Writing and learning how to write, proper grammar, spelling, etc. will never become obsolete, they’re skills everyone needs.
Do you think teachers will be required to take classes to further education of technology in classroom?
Teachers will most likely not be required to go back and add onto degree but new degrees will most likely have a technology portion incorporated in. Technology cannot be avoided and a technology aspect in a teaching degree will only better prepare teachers for technology in the classroom.
What are the most effective technology trends in classroom?
Sharing documents in real time with classmates and teachers for collaboration is a big thing in classrooms now. It gives teachers the ability to monitor progress of students on assignments and even assist them on areas they have trouble with. Social media is effective but not too popular yet. Educational gaming is becoming big, it engages students and allows them to learn something in a way that they enjoy.
What are downfalls of technology in classroom?
Technology can be hard to monitor in the classroom. It can be abused and misused. If kids aren’t using technology appropriately then it’s essentially useless. Teach kids how to properly use technology the correct way at a young age to ensure they use technology to its full potential, as they grow older. Lay out consequences for the misuse of technology but also if students are using technology well give them a few minutes at end of class to play freely on it, whether they be texting or playing games.
What are challenges that schools face in incorporating technology?
It would be difficult to get all staff on board and trained to teach using the technology in the class. Kids need to know how to use the technology the correct way and not abuse it. Start kids on technology at young age. Schools are also faced with a big expense by adding technology to classroom. It would be smart to incorporate BYOD policy into schools instead of going through all the expense themselves.
Standardized tests online and keeping online digital portfolio for students make things easier to keep track of everything.