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Hello Educators,
I was reading through some literature about technology in classrooms and students creativity and found this interesting article. Please have a read through and add your opinions as I would love to hear them.

This article by Richtel (2012) discusses a perspective I believe many teachers would claim to be true in their own classrooms, and I think they might have a point. Students that I have worked with do, occasionally, seem to have a shorter attention span in the classroom and some are perhaps “accustomed to getting quick answers” that they become uninterested when it takes them a long time to work something out with a pen and paper. My question then would be, “why do we have to expect them to use a pen and paper to solve a problem?” I am not saying that being able to work out maths equations, for example, using your own mind is useful but will it be relevant in the student’s future? Quite possibly. I think that we need to reconsider how we present content to students. If sitting at a screen captures their attention, sit them at a screen to do the curriculum. Ensure that they still have to use their own brain for thinking though.

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Comment by Holly Kirby on November 24, 2013 at 5:34pm

I am currently a preservice teacher majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. We have been learning about and discussing the role of technology in how we educate students today. I agree with you that we need to reconsider the way in which we present content to our students because we want them to be engaged in what they are learning. If they aren't engaged in the learning, then the learning will not occur. If adding more technology into instruction or learning is what we keep our students engaged then that's what needs to be done. Especially in today's day and age, where kids are getting involved with technology at younger and younger ages. However, I believe that we need to teach our students some skills needed to properly use technology for their education. For example, being able to determine if something is a reliable source of information or not. They also need to understand how to properly communicate and socialize online, especially with the issue of cyber bullying being very pertinent right now. There are also many other skills that our students should and need to be taught before they can fully benefit from using technology in instruction or to use technology for learning.   


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