Impact of Technology in Education
Technology is one of the concerns I have as a new teacher. Technology affects all aspects of our lives. The classroom is no exception. I do not consider myself to be one of those tech savvy people who can incorporate the latest program or gadget into my lessons. At home I often announce “technology free” days just so we can get back in touch with the important things in life, or the thing I consider important. I can’t do that in the classroom, I will have to do the complete opposite.
When teaching in today’s classrooms, educators have to make every effort to keep up with the latest trends, learn the newest programs, and be able to utilize all they can in order to reach all kinds of students learning styles. “Technology, when used properly, has the potential to increase student achievement and engage students in learning. But the overwhelming number of technological devices and solutions sometimes leads to technology use that does not enhance teaching and learning” (Devaney). For this reason I have chosen three articles that relate to different chapters in our textbook, but also all relate to technology in the classrooms.
“Beyond the Bubble Test: How Will We Measure Learning in the Future?”
Chapter 14 in our textbook, Learning Goals, discusses how learning goals, state standards, content and performance standards, general and specific learning targets, and developmental and mastery learning targets must work together and be aligned in order to help our students achieve. It is important that teachers keep all these in mind when planning anything for their classrooms.
A good teacher must learn to align both instruction and assessment with their learning targets. “The basic purpose of any assessment is to determine the extent to which each student has achieved the stated learning targets” (ch 14, Learning Goals, pg 378). Teachers must also keep in mind the standards set up by the state when they are planning instruction and assessment. “They complain about having to teach to the tests, leaving them little time to try new ways of engaging students. And in some states, teachers are evaluated based on those very scores” (Baresghian). For teachers, the idea of being judged on scores from standardized testing can be overwhelming and discouraging when preparing new lessons.
I am not a big fan of the standardized testing because I believe children are individuals and don’t all respond well to the “bubble test”. As with anything else there are pros and cons. There are people lobbying to reform testing, and there are people who propose boycotting the tests. The article links to a Facebook group called Parents and Kids Against Standardized Testing. This site has many links interesting with varying opinions on testing in general.
In the article, “Beyond the Bubble Test”, it was announced that a new technology-based assessment will replace the standardized bubble tests. There are...