Louise’s Blog

Who’s the boss?

It is true that technology should not claim autonomy. I believe that you need to make decisions on which technology you are going to use based on what is available at your school, and what you want to achieve.  That makes you the one in charge. Ultimately, you are the one with the finger on the keyboard.

I do believe that we often underutilize technology. I have not yet made use of all the wonderful features PowerPoint offers. I do find students amazed at times when I introduce something as simple as a poster on PPT. They are stuck on the idea of slides. In the same way, one should truly know the technology you are using. Perhaps you should give more thought about the message you are trying to spread, and the way it is perceived. I think a positive response from students is a great indicator that whatever technology you are using is working. If you have achieved the outcomes, it was working. If students were engaged and learning took place, all is well.

Earlier this week, we had a visit from The White Hatter. Although he focuses on social media, he made a valid point. Technology is here to stay. We live in a digital world. Although he addressed the irresponsible use of social media in a very serious way, he also applauded the technology we have available. It is there to be used. The responsibility on how to use it, is ours.

It is a similar argument in the classroom. Do you want a discussion? Do you want students to submit written work? Do you want main points? Do you want to see photos or video? Do you want students to comment on one another’s written pieces? Do you want them to take notes?  Based on what you need, you choose, and then you determine how you can make it work for both teacher and student.

Keep the balance and teach the students to do so too.

1 comment so far ↓

  • #   keith webster on 12.03.16 at 00:16     

    I agree with your gist. Some of the worst reactions are to ban the technology (or the internet) from the classroom. It is a part of their (and our) lives and we don’t do anyone a service by letting them learn how to use social media in a middle school hallway.

    I spent a many years working in the cadet program where we involved young people in many potentially dangerous outdoor activities. Using a systems approach, with appropriate training and the acceptance of youth taking responsibility for their own actions, I’ve facilitated or supervised the facilitation of pilot training, mountain climbing, rifle shooting, canoeing etc (and I’ve never had a serious injury). These kids became confident participants in challenging activities, which is to say that, a guided, planned route to mastery is a much better approach to the scary connected world today.

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