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Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | Teaching-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.
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Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 17, 2014 8:05 AM
There is a small difference between addiction and engagement, but it is a very important difference and it has become a very controversial topic within technology in education. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stood by the idea of not letting children under 2 use technology and that children older than that should have minimum exposure. However, the world has changed so much recently that the "online and offline" worlds have merged and there is becoming no line to separate them and children under 2 are using technology and learning from it. Therefore, the question is no longer about exposure time, but rather "quality of content."
Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 17, 2014 8:16 AM
Of kids 8 and younger, at least half of them are able to use a device at home whether it be a tablet, ipod, or smartphone. About 72% of itunes' education apps are aimed for children in elementary school and preschool. There has been several studies done that have proved that "interactive media" allows kids to remember information more than just viewing. At Georgetown University they created 3 groups of kids and had one group watch a taped version, another watched a live version, and the final group engaged in a game of sorts. Afterwards, they were asked to find where the puppets were hidden and the ones that engaged in the game were more able to identify the puppets, while the others had to do more trial and error.
Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 18, 2014 7:39 AM
While there is evidence that technology exposure at a young age is beneficial, there is some concern that kids are not learning motor skills as quickly as they would if they would read and spend less time in front of a screen. The iPad has really changed education and particularly the lives of disabled kids altogether. The games that they are able to access allow them to learn on a more personal level and to gain more social skills. Technology in the classroom is more than just integrating it, but finding the right resources and incorporating them to fit the needs of the students and teachers.<br>
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Research Center: Technology in Education

Research Center: Technology in Education | Teaching-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 18, 2014 6:23 PM
Online learning is becoming much more popular whether it be full time online learning or supplemental to in class instruction. The international association for k-12 online learning did a study and found 1.5 million students used online learning or supplemental technology in 2010. Some research has been done and it has been found that in class instruction with technology is the most beneficial. Some schools have incorporated online classes to allow more options for students or to give the opportunity for students to retake classes.
Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 18, 2014 6:25 PM
Mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular within education, particularly since they provide "game-based learning." These games can provide a visual for students and can encourage higher thinking, social skills, and a whole array of other things. The problem comes in creating it educational but still engaging enough for the students to benefit from it. These games can take a lot of time and money as well as training for educators to be able to incorporate them, but researchers have become increasingly dedicated with the ever changing world of technology in education.
Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 18, 2014 6:26 PM
Social networking has also made its way into the schools and the debate is now about what sites are the best to incorporate. While some schools just dive into the world of Facebook and the mainstream sites, others have taken a more cautious approach and just used sites specifically for learning such as echalk. On these types of sites the teacher is able to provide safety and a narrower focus on the education instead of just socialization. Social networking allows for teamwork particularly for students who are on the shy side. Blogs, voicethread, Web 2.0, and twitter have all made their way into the schools and are becoming increasingly popular to allow for communication not only in school, but outside as well.
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The Digital Learning Imperative: How Technology and Teaching Meet Today’s Education Challenges

The Digital Learning Imperative: How Technology and Teaching Meet Today’s Education Challenges | Teaching-Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
This report outlines how digital learning can connect middle and high school students with better teaching and learning experiences while also addressing three major challenges facing the nation’s education system.
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Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 13, 2014 7:59 AM
Teachers are now able to create a path for students to really reach their full potential using new technology. However, "slapping a netbook on top of a text book is not enough," because it is essential for teachers to use the technology in the best way to satisfy the personal needs of students. The amount of students taking online classes and using devices has substantially increased recently, but there has only been small progress in making sure students graduate and are career or college ready.
Michelle Ruoff's comment, February 13, 2014 8:10 AM
There are three important issues with education and technology presently. Schools are unable to keep up with changing society, so students currently graduating are not completely prepared for college or the job world. Schools are unable to provide new technologies and resources, because taxes are leaving stress on schools' budgets. There is still little access for students to qualified teachers who correctly and efficiently incorporate technology and other strategies to satisfy the individual needs.