For my Education 130: Children’s Learning and Media final project, I decided to create this blog that will detail the doubts and debates about employing educational technology in K-12 classrooms. As an English major and Education minor working a current internship with an IT company, I am interested in understanding how implementing technological tools such as iPads, personal computers, and various educational video games can either inhibit or enhance the learning potential of students in a classroom setting.
In this blog, I will examine several videos and articles about educators who have ventured to use new technology in order to transform teaching and learning in the classroom. While I plan to present both the problems and the benefits of using edutechnology, I primarily seek to argue that technology, when harnessed correctly, can greatly increase a student’s desire to learn, which in my view is definitely one of the most crucial aspects of a student’s success. I believe that through the use of new media and technology, educational material can be presented in meaningful and relevant ways to students who may have previously found school boring and uninteresting. Rather than viewing education and fun technology as incompatible, I think they can-and should-be used together in creating alternative methods of instruction.
But won’t the temptation to sneak on social media sites be distracting? With or without technology, will teachers ever find a riveting way to teach Shakespeare?
In the question of “to be, or not to be” a supporter of technology in the classroom, I personally choose “to be.” Through this blog, I hope to encourage others to view children’s media and technology as a field of study that deserves much attention for its potential to dramatically increase a child’s interest in education.