Thinking about this post…
Two key points in this post and resources:
“The current educational climate is so centered on academic achievement and standards-based curriculum, I believe we need to make proactive, concentrated attempts to get the pendulum to swing towards semi-structured, open-ended, process-oriented and student-driven learning environments.” and
“If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the group of crucial fields known as STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — we ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early. But the way to do so may not be the kind of highly structured and directed instruction that we usually associate with these subjects. Time: In Praise of Tinkering”
Given the infusion of technology in almost every aspect of our lives, the education sector is struggling on how to integrate it into the classroom. We have seen current trends and attempts for the use of educational technology with the Flipped Classroom ala Khan Academy, Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom, and lots of discussion about what are the 21st century skills and literacies.
Most educators would agree that a major purpose of education is to assist learners in gaining the skills, attitudes, and knowledge for having a better quality of life now and in their futures. So any discussion about technology integration should include this purpose.
Qualitative evidence points to the ease by which kids pick up their computer devices and use them as if they were brain-wired to do so.
But even as some parents and educators express unease about students’ digital diets, they are intensifying efforts to use…
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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker