“What’s done is done.”

This creative video titled “The history of technology in education” provides viewers with a timeline of how technology has impacted teaching and learning from “cave drawings in 30,000 B.C.E.” to “The Interactive Age” in present-day society.  The video was published in 2011 by SMART Technologies, a company that serves as the collaborative for business and education. At the conclusion of this video ad promoting the use of new technology, the words “…how are you going to shape the classroom of tomorrow?” appear on screen.  SMART Technologies uses this video as a marketing tactic to influence educators to buy into the idea of purchasing technology for their classroom. According to the video, in the 1920’s teachers played the radio, in the 40’s they had the overhead projector, and in the 90’s they used the computer. Now, in the “Interactive Age” of the 2000’s, it seems only natural for educators to move with the times by having their students use increasingly advanced tools such as personal laptops or Smart Response XE’s.

Given that technology has been present in classroom settings for over a century, why are some teachers hesitant to adopt the latest devices? Especially in low-income school districts, wouldn’t technology be a solution to many of the troubles teachers face? In the next blog post, I will discuss the present problems teachers encounter when they attempt to implement new learning technologies in struggling schools.

APA Citation:

SMARTEduEMEA. (2011, October 03). The history of technology in education [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFwWWsz_X9s

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.”

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?

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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.