Friday, July 16, 2010

Now That We Have the Technology, How Do We Use It?

As the use of technology grows, and the related devices become more sophisticated, schools must decide "best practices" for the classroom.  We are responsible for determining not only the when of technology usage, but the how as well.  Smartphones, social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, and the use of Web 2.0 are all factors in how technology is potentially incorporated into the educational process.

This issue is one that schools across the country are dealing with.  On my Personal Learning Network (PLN), I have been in touch with administrators from every region of the continent and all are diligently trying to determine the approach that will be of most benefit to students.  We cannot ignore the learning potential that technology can enhance, while being aware that the very same technology can be detrimental to student achievement.

As we all discuss and explore this new territory, I would like to recommend that you consider two publications of interest.  The first is The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation by Don Tapscott.  In my opinion these two books provide information that can be of help in understanding the issues that schools face. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can our students access Facebook, MySpace, etc. in the classroom/library?