BLOG POST #3 – Week 7
Reaction to Chapters 8: "Schools Can Effectively Cope with the Implementation of Instructional Technology in the Classroom"
With the ever-changing technological landscape, modern schools are facing increasing logistical issues, which can be overcome with understanding, planning, and anticipation. According to Halveson and Collins, educators will have more luck with the teaching process is they remember three main guidelines, with regards to technology: 1. Technology can help to customize the learning to what the learners want to learn, 2. Computers interact with students instantly and give immediate feedback, and 3. Technology gives the students the power to have more control over what is to be learned (2009).
“Computers are revolutionizing how we measure what people know” (Collins, 2009). They can help educators and schools: measure performance on assessments, create and design new forms of curriculum, and provide new approach to the way students learn in the digital world. In the academic world today, “… the pendulum of education policy is swinging away from local control toward standards and accountability… and practices that can paralyze risk taking. Public schools will need to explore new practices in order to retain the interest of children and parents and to prepare a creative class that can meet the challenges of a global economy” (Collins, 2009).
Collins, A. & Halveson, R. (2009). Rethinking education in the age of technology: The digital revolution and schooling in America. New York: Teachers College Press.