I’ve tried to pay extra attention lately to the idea of technology in education since, after all, I am working on a technology specialization to complete along with my education degree. I’ve learned to be extra critical of when technology is enriching vs. when it becomes a hindrance or a distraction. As someone who is an avid supporter of technology, I feel like I need to make sure I don’t get over-exuberant as a teacher in regards to technology.
I’ve been wondering about the subtle integration of technology into life and if at some point in the future will we reach a point where technology is so integrated with learning that the machines do most of our actual learning for us (I’m thinking about technological augmentation), and how much of that is already happening with our current level of computer technology in public use. That’s not to say that I think we should use computers less; we should absolutely make use of the tools available to us. Just some musings, anyways.
So here we are. Communications Technology in education. And more specifically: on blogging.
I’ve used blogs before, but I’ve never been much of one for keeping a journal. I’m well-versed in the internet and can quite honestly say that I’m comfortable in its use and applications. Website design has changed quite a bit since the last time I tried it (probably around 2000 CE or so), but aside from using a lot less code, WordPress makes it pretty much the same as I remember it.
Anyways: on blogging.
We’ve discussed in a previous class about the benefits and potential negatives of technology and its effects on education, and a lot of the content can relate to blogging. The sharing of information stands at the forefront of those; access to knowledge, opinion, and information has never been so easy. I wouldn’t necessarily say that blogging is the best way to go about this for an educational means in regards to students, but things like disseminating assignments and providing feedback could certainly be useful in a classroom-style setting.
Another of the most prominent ideas is the sharing of ideas between teachers (or even between students). Teachers sharing ideas for lesson plans, experiences with students of certain learning styles or disabilities, or classroom experiments have the potential to improve the learning experiences of students everywhere. Students or teachers sharing alternate practices on how to learn certain topics or supplemental learning material with other students would also be beneficial.