Educational Technology: 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

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Jun 292012

Educational Technology: 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

Educational Technology: Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

Educational Technology: By Alan Brasky

While there are some nay-sayers who bring up some negative effects of technology on education in the classrooms, mainly budgetary reasons, using new technologies is the future of the education system.

The following reasons should silence the nay-sayer and help them heed the wisdom from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, “Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced by those who do.”.

Teachers are finding that using different classroom technologies like tablet computers, digital video, iPods, and video games are great tools for helping students learn.

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1. Students love it. Students love using new technologies in the classroom. Whether it be the “cool” factor or just a genuine interest in new technology, it allows teachers to vary activities of the day and engage students. There is no commandment for education that says,

Tom McDonald’s Comments:

June 29th, 2012 at 9:44 am

Yes these are all great reasons why technology must be a part of the classroom.

But we need to critically ask and intellectually decide, prior to implementation, which technology is proven to transfer long term personalized individual student learning (desirable) and which technology delivers traditional one to many teaching to individual students faster (undesirable)

It’s imperative that we first understand how individuals learn. We must follow the proven learning research. Then we must make sure that our learning technology integrates these research proven methodologies.

The new learning model, which is a educational paradigm change/revolution is “Teacher facilitated, truly personalized learning, in a blended learning environment, supplemented with truly personalized learning technology”
We must understand what truly personalized learning is…it’s a custom course plan, for each student, that delivers content, that they individually don’t know, with individualized spacing, pacing and reinforcement, over time (differentiated instruction, over time and differentiated reinforcement over time) to create long term, individual content  fluency

We must also understand that delivering a one to many lecture/pdf file, to individual students via tablets, is not personalized instruction/learning. It is one to many content delivered to individuals, which does lots for advanced individual access, but very little for advanced individual learning.

My website is dedicated to truly personalized learning and can be a great free learning resource (over 900 unique and varied posts).



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