Thursday, June 27, 2013

Technology in the Classroom Today

Today's world is dominated by technology. Kids begin to use technology at a very young age by using computers, tablets, and smartphones. It is our duty as teachers to properly teach students how to handle and utilize this technology that is all around them.

Framework for 21st Century Learning brings up some of the skills that are necessary for students to learn, such as Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy. Students need to learn these skills in order to navigate the abundance of information and rapid changes in technology that is happening around them every single day.

The National Education Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Students brings goes into more detail on what students need to learn about technology today.

·      Students need to learn how to “locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources.” This is a skill that is necessary for all professionals and will be invaluable for students.
·      Students must also learn, “advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.” Technology is quite possibly the greatest tool of the 21st, but if it improperly used, it can be extremely destructive. Students must be taught responsibility in using technology so that they can gain “Digital Citizenship” at an early age.
·      As previously stated, technology is changing daily. New and exciting tools to access information are being created all the time. We need to teach our students how “use technology systems” and how to “transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.” This way, students will never be left behind as the world moves forward.

Aside from core subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, history, and social studies, I firmly believe that technology is the most important subject that we can teach our students. With common core coming up and technology being integrated within the standards, I am excited to see what is to come.

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