For my computers and technology in the classroom course, we were asked to read “Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do Instead)” and write a reflection on our blogs. I am very glad we were asked to read this piece, because it speaks to many of my thoughts and beliefs on technology usage in the classroom.
SPOILER ALERT! These are the five myths they discuss in the article:
- That technology fixes all of your students’ problems.
- That technology is dangerous, and therefore, we have to limit access to everything.
- That technology leads to student success based on the data out there.
- That educational gaming improves student achievement.
- That technology is less meaningful than traditional schooling.
In my opinion, these myths are SO spot on with what many people assume or believe about usage of technology in the classroom. The myth that resonated the most with me was that technology will fix all of your students’ problems. I feel that sometimes teachers will overuse technology simply for technology’s sake – which is a huge mistake! Using technology in the classroom needs to actually enhance student learning, make the learning more efficient, and/or get students more interested in the topic at hand. If the technology is not meeting any (or all) or these areas, it may be important for the teacher to rethink including it.
For our unit plan assignment in this course, I struggled with this aspect the most. I needed to ensure that each and every time technology was incorporated, that it was truly helpful to the students and that it was not just included for this particular assignment’s sake. Fortunately, so many of the technological tools available out there were designed to serve this exact purpose – to be helpful and enhance student learning – it is just important that the teacher match the proper tools to the right lessons!