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Technology in Education Interview


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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.



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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom

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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom

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megriley's comment, February 17, 2014 10:32 AM
Technology is becoming more prominent in classrooms today, it is easily accessible and is believed to help students learn in new ways. The problem is that technology may not be being used in positive ways in the classroom, students may not be receiving all the benefits technology has to offer. In order to make the most out of the laptops, iPads, and iPhones available its important that they're used properly.
megriley's comment, February 18, 2014 10:10 AM
To use technology properly it's suggested that students have a guide such as a teacher to show them extra resources or to be there to further explain a topic. Students shouldn't use the internet to make online flash cards to do anything that can be done on paper, it's only a waste of time. The internet provides students with a whole variety of sources, doing things that would be done in a normal classroom is not taking full advantage of technology. Teachers should not use computers or iPads in class everyday to pass time, as busy work, students will become accustomed to the available technology and become lazy with it. Students need to want to take advantage of technology when it is available to them. Technology should be used to enhance normal classroom activities, branch off from the norm to provide students with a variety of unique ways to really learn and absorb the information they're learning. Computers and iPads can access online supplemental information for the classroom such as online textbooks, YouTube videos explaining the concept, other teachers notes and materials, as well as the ability to chat with other students in other parts of the country or world to discuss material. The ability to share sources and connect with others around the world may be the most beneficial aspect of technology in the classroom and it's important that students take advantage of it.
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Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

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megriley's comment, February 18, 2014 10:23 AM
Future technologies, expected to appear in classrooms around ten years from now, can completely transform the way teachers teach and students learn. Biometrics is a popular technology that would be used to identify individual needs of students and alter their work to benefit them. Biometrics can measure physical and emotional states of students by monitoring facial expressions, heart rate, skin moisture, typing rhythm, gait, and voice. Biometrics will be able to detect what students need help with and change their assignments to cover anything the student struggles with. Another upcoming technology is augmented reality eyewear, it could be released sooner than expected. AR enables you to actually see information in front of your eyes combined with your own reality. Data from textbooks or from an online source can be straight to the glasses and appear on the lens. Augmented reality allows the student to watch history play out right in front of his eyes as if they're really there. It is hoped that augmented reality will spark students interest in material being covered and engage them in the classroom more. Finally, one of the biggest technologies hoping to appear in the near future is the multi touch surface desks. The popularity of the touch screen has skyrocketed since the release of the first iPod touch, touch screens are easily improved upon and accessible because of how simple and cheap they are. The big idea is to turn the students desk into one touch screen, like one big iPad. Having all their textbooks available and the numerous internet resources available at all times. They would have access to chat with students in their class, teachers, as well as students and teachers around the world. The multi touch surface desk would provide the student with all the technology they would need to make the most of their education.
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Research Center: Technology in Education

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megriley's comment, February 17, 2014 10:29 AM
Upcoming technology has shown to be both beneficial and challenging for educators. iPads, laptops, and iPhones have improved the mobility of schoolwork and has also given students access to online resources they wouldn't normally have. However, it's very difficult for schools to keep up with new, upcoming technology. Every year there's a new model or new invention that is better than the last, and trying to keep up with the latest and greatest can be very expensive. Some devices are only beneficial when the educator is trained on how to use them to their fullest capacity, which also costs schools money because they're now either hiring new teachers or sending old ones to be trained on how certain technology should be used. There is such a wide range of technology available it is hard to determine which is more beneficial to students, which can become frustrating for schools.