Using Technology In The Classroom

23 Feb

As a future teacher, the idea of technology in the classroom excites me because it is a valuable tool that can accomplish a lot in the classroom. There is the Smart Board, iPads, iTouches, PowerPoint, and more. The participatory culture and the gap with those who have access and do not have access are crucial. With some schools having varied socioeconomic statuses we may see some students with high background knowledge of computers or other technologies; on the other hand, some students who fall behind in school because they do not have the newest computers. This is similar to what Henry Jenkins said in the article, Confronting the Challenge of Participatory Culture.

I thought that the beginning of the article introducing young students like, “Richardson, Lawver, Ross, and Meeter” was a very intriguing opening because it really brought me into the state of mind of how brilliant some children are with technology. Furthermore, how a lot of it comes very naturally to them and how young children of this generation are growing up surrounding by technology. At younger ages students are getting cell phones, computers, video games, itouches, and iPads. I think the data collected by the Pew Study showing that 57% of teens that use the Internet are media creators was mind blowing (Jenkins, 4). It really got me thinking of my skills on the computer and what projects I use the Internet for. But, I believe that statistic because so many students instantly turn to the Internet for their school projects. There are a lot of tasks that I would not be able to do as easily without the use of my Mac, the Internet, or some of the programs like iMovie or iPhoto.

The information behind affiliations, expressions, collaborative problem-solving, and circulations connections to the ideas of a classroom learning community. Students are asked to work together in groups for collaborative problem-solving in subjects like math or science. Expressions can come through when children do creative projects for any interdisciplinary subject. All students have different affiliations within their school, district, or classroom, which can include sports teams, clubs, yearbook, student government, and more. All which could easily use a form of participatory culture. Finally, circulations are a flow of media, which is also present in the classroom. Students are constantly doing work, posting it online, sharing it with the class, and passing on the things they have completed. Class work done daily could be circulated using a form of technology that the students in the classroom enjoy working with.

Embracing technology in the classroom and communities could help to close the gap of students who do and do not have the access of technology at home. Depending on the school district and budgets, schools will have different availability to technologies; however, teachers should embrace what ever is available because students will keep engaged longer. It opens the door for new ideas, creative expression, and new networks expanding. This will also give schools the opportunities to teach the proper uses and how to use the Internet for different tasks. With the way our culture is continually expanding with technology there is going to come a time where everyone will have the access to majority forms of technology.


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