Using Technology to Challenge Students

I also believe that simply throwing technology into classrooms will change nothing. We need to challenge our students to use these tools to create, to connect, and to tinker. Do we believe that we are preparing students for the future simply because we’ve spent thousands on iPads or SMART Boards or whatever shiny gadget has garnered society’s attention for the moment? If so, then our educational technology is focused on the consumption of products and information at the expense of creativity, connection, and community.

In this excerpt from an article in the Fall issue of Education Canada (see link above to complete article!), respected Manitoba educator Clarence Fisher wonders whether we just trow new technology in classrooms to say we have it or if we use the technology to challenge kids to create, share and ‘tinker’. An important question to consider, often new interactive white boards, for one example, are put into classrooms without a clear plan for their use. Check out the entire article at the link above. Do you use your technology to challenge your students in the ways Clarence suggests?

(from: Building Cool Things | Canadian Education Association (CEA))


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