Enhancing Learning within the Classroom

Contrary to my position that I took in the EDTC400 debate, I do believe that

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using technology in the classroom CAN enhance learning.

One of the articles Ashlee provided for us, As Technology Becomes Easier to Use, Our Depth of Learning Needs to Continue to Increase, he talks about technology becoming more and more user friendly, like iPhone which don’t come with a manual because they are so easy to use. In this article they ponder if children are more tech savvy or if the tech is that much easier to use. Which to me is a great thing, because the tech is that much easier to use we as teachers should be able to make use of the technology in such a way that it enhances student learning even more. Why can’t we let students use any technology to prove to us that they understand how the periodic table works? We shouldn’t be restricting our students to one way of showing that they have the knowledge that we have asked them to have.

While one of the articles that I have provided the class, The dark side of educational technology, talks about how technology is great but we don’t consider what it means to use it in a way that will enhance classroom learning before we implement it. So as a result it means that many of our classrooms are technology rich, but the technology is used as a reward, or simply to replace a white board, it is not used to enrich learning. And because students have become accustom to technology as a reward it makes it very hard for teachers to get the students away from this mentality of technology as a game.

But when technology is integrated in ways that use the TPACK and SAMR models a lot of good can be done with the technology. This is why I argue that it isn’t about the technology that is being used but rather the integration of the technology. If a teacher simply gets a student to type an essay instead of hand writing it there is no enhancement going on.  But a teacher who gives students access to digital molecule models is enhancing their learning because they are now able to visualize what a water molecule looks like in 3-D. So if the technology is poorly integrated, I say that there is no point in having it. But when the technology is integrated in a meaningful way, it enhances learning and allows students to explore their findings and be curious.


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4 Replies to “Enhancing Learning within the Classroom”

  1. Hi Raeann!
    You did a really great job with your debate last week! You really had your work cut out for you after seeing the results of the pre-vote but you made some great arguments that shifted the class’s vote, including mine! I feel the same way as you! I feel that technology CAN enhance learning IF it is implemented correctly and not simply used to replace other forms of learning or act as a reward or distraction! The SAMR and TPAK model are great examples of how to implement technology effectively so it’s great that you mentioned those in your post! Again, way to go with your debate!
    Lauren Sauser

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  2. Hi Raeann! I just wanted to congratulate you on your debate last week! You did a great job considering that most of the classmates voted at the start that technology does enhance learning, you were able to equal out the playing field through the awesome points you made! For myself, I am still stuck in the middle if I think technology enhances learning or not!

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  3. Hey Raeann,
    I enjoy how you are able to see both sides of this debate. When you asked “Why can’t we let students use any technology to prove to us that they understand how the periodic table works?”, I couldn’t help but think that is a good point. For instance, many chemicals are banned in school but provide great insight into a lesson such as a chemical reaction. By using technology, students could predict a chemical reaction and use technology to prove it. With your argument about when technology does or does not enhance learning, I believe the SAMR and TPAK model are important for educators to remember. Lastly, you did great on your debate!
    Until next time,
    Jayden

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