Education Technology Reflection
In this article, Nancye Blair, a principal in a school in Florida, illustrates how important the use of technology is and how teachers need to stay updated to accommodate to these 21st century learners. She explains that these 21st century learners are no longer satisfied with simply watching videos or playing games on the Internet. She says that these learners are “highly relational and demand quick access to new knowledge… With the world literally at their fingertips, today’s students need teachers and administrators to re-envision the role of technology in the classroom.”
The article goes on to explain certain aspects that could be changed to meet the needs of the students. One aspect is the shift in roles from the teacher being the focal point, who created the multimedia presentations, to the student being the focal point and creating the learning activities. The student can actively participate in the lesson and show their knowledge through the multimedia presentation. Another aspect is the change of activities. Activities should be focused on allowing the students to physically manipulate and discover the content and those that encourage the student to be creative. When these activities are implemented, the students become more engaged and can display their own knowledge of the material. For example, kindergartners create image-based movies on recycling and insects, fourth graders prepare writing assessments by developing digital storybooks (www.storybird.com, or www.storyjumper.com) , or having students create PowerPoint presentations to share with the class. The options are endless, and teachers need to be thinking at all times for opportunities to add technology into their lessons and assessment. The other aspects mentioned include making sure that the students have access to an authentic audience and are given access to technology as much as possible.
I agree with this article because I have personally seen the positive effects of technology in the classroom. In my experience, technology makes the content come alive and allows for meaningful learning experiences to occur. Using technology allows these 21st century learners to perform to their highest ability because that is the way that they think. I completely agree that teachers need to update their knowledge and skills to accommodate to these new learners. Times have changed and these new learners require more.