Blog Entry #1: Technology and 21st Century Learning
Do you feel school is preparing you adequately for your future. Why or why not?
There is no definite answer to this question for me. I do think school will prepare me for post-secondary education in order to later on get a degree and/or a job which will help me in my future career path. However, I don’t think it will prepare me for life outside of work and academics. School does not teach me how to do my own laundry, how to cook or raise children. It doesn’t teach me the life skills I will need in the real world. I believe that school can and will prepare me for a part of my future but definitely not all of it.
How do you personally use technology to learn?
I am a visual learner meaning I like lots of diagrams and pictures in lessons to help me learn the course’s material best. I really enjoy using Khan Academy, an online learning platform that provides practice exercises and instructional videos on certain topics in a subject. Khan academy can be used on a phone, tablet, laptop and other pieces of technology which allows for easy use and is very convenient. I find videos help me understand concepts which I will then be able to apply in class and homework. Desmos is another platform I’ve used in the past which is an online graphing calculator that helped me visualize different functions. Another way I use technology to learn is (believe it or not) by being active on different social media platforms. Being able to interact with classmates over the internet can be very useful. Last year, a Facebook group specifically made for my biology class was made and I had the opportunity to reach out to my classmates at any time and ask for help. Social networking can be a really helpful tool when needing clarity about course content.
Do classes that use more technology appeal to you? Is it easier for you to learn the content?
In my opinion, I enjoy classes that involve more technology because it can make the class more interactive and interesting. Kahoots, for example, are a fun and interactive way to quiz students and keep a class interesting. I find that it is easier to learn a courses content when technology is involved because it can provide a more organized layout allowing for less confusion.
Does it matter to you if a teacher uses technology in class? Why or why not?
It doesn’t necessarily matter to me if a teacher does or does not use technology in class, but I do think it can be a useful teaching tool. For example, many of my past science teachers use power points to teach a lesson and I find that it provides a more structured and organized template to display information, which I find to be the most effective way to learn. On the contrary, most of my math classes are taught by writing on a chalk board and I find it just as effective, so I’d have to say it really depends on the subject.
What technology would you like to see teachers use that is not currently being used? Why did you choose that technology?
I think it would be cool to see teachers start using tablets to teach and digitally write/draw on that can be projected onto a smart board. I chose this type of technology because I think it would be more convenient for teachers to carry around one tablet that has all their lesson plans on it rather than many binders. It would also be easier to post lessons online that way students can access them at any time and work at their own pace.