Week 2 blog- Technology in the Classroom: Embrace the Bumpy Ride!
I read an interesting blog the other night “Technology in the Classroom: Embrace the Bumpy Ride!” posted by Kathy Cassidy, the author of Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. The title jumped out at me because this is where I feel I am at this moment……on a bumpy road!
Kathy describes that the first bump in the technology road involves a new way of thinking, that technology should help us to teach better, and in ways that are more meaningful.
Kathy also describes ICTs as “powerful tools to help students understand and learn in unique ways”. She stresses the importance of using technology to make learning new and different in your classroom. “Set your sights high and aim for activities that transform! Then, when you hit a bump, you will be more motivated to keep trying. Transformation is never smooth”.
The most important requirements of any classroom Kathy states, is to have a backup plan because if the Internet goes down in the middle of our day, you have to be prepared to teach another way things a go. These are life skills that are important for our students to observe us developing and modelling.
Kathy suggests that educators who are hesitant to use technology in significant ways is to just to include one technology-enhanced activity until you feel very comfortable with it. She provides examples of how to include ICTs into the classroom with links to helpful resources.
ArualH log on ‘Schools and ICTechnology’ is a very interesting read and discusses the importance of having a set of tools to assist them to tackle problems. ArualH is discussing the Toolbelt Theory, which is simple and applicable to a most situations in life life educators utilising ICTs into the classroom.
Reflecting upon what Kathy had to write about expecting bumps and unexpected hiccups like the internet going down made me a little less anxious about the use of ICTs in the classroom. This is because she highlighted the fact that whether you are using ICTs or not, you will always have hiccups in a classroom, for example the library session is cancelled or the kids breaking and loosing pencils and resources. This blog comforted me because it reinforced that all learning journeys are bumpy, but that once we get over those bumps, we will be more knowledgeable, resourceful and willing to give new a go.
For those interested in reading the blog here is the link: