Thursday, November 13, 2008

[TIPS] What does technology do well?

An interesting question posed rhetorically in today’s meeting with Tech Directors: What does technology do well?

The reverse: Where does technology fail to make a difference?



ONeal said...

I heard some interesting information today about this very topic during a PLN class I was attending. I could not find the actual study or I would have included results and quotes directly from the study.

A recent Harvard study found:
1. Students who have a wide variety of technology at their disposal do not do better at standardized tests then students without the technology.

2. Students who use technology daily, for a majority of their learning activities, actually do worse when given a paper and pencil assessment compared to students who did not have technology during their learning activities. Similar results occurred when students using mainly pencil and paper take a computerized test.

3. Proficiency levels in students who are not proficient with technology decline when using a technology based curriculum. Opposite results are found with students who are proficient with technology.

Mr. Fricano said...

I went to a technology conference at the beginning of summer this year and one of the guest speakers made a very valid point. That we teach our students to use technology that will be obsolete by the time they become part of the workforce.

For example, we continue to teach students how to use a keyboard when what we will possibly, and most likely, be using in the near future are touch sensitive computer screens. Keyboards will not be necessary anymore.

The problem with that, though, is how do we teach our students to use something that has not been invented or perfected yet but will be in use when the students become adults.

PAIUTIMcindy said...

That's what I love about Web 2.0. We can continue to teach kids how to think constructively and creatively and offer them a wealth of tools to reflect on what they already know and what they have learned.

Modeling a variety of ways to collaborate will certainly help prepare them for what they will face in the work world.

This came from Steve Hargadon's blog-"We now have students contributing as much as they consume via blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts, etc. Hence, they are more than just receptacles. They do more than just receive, they also transmit!"

Mr. McGuire said...

This is an interesting post. I think more than anything else-technology motivates students. And, what really is any more important?