Educational Technology

August 30, 2010

Yes to technology; no to distractions

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Caryl Davis, Journal-Sentinel Online

During my time as an educator, I found that computer technology heightened students’ engagement in learning tasks. When interacting with the computer, students appear to blend into and take complete ownership of their learning. It was incredible to watch. Many school districts have found value in mobile technology. In the 1990s, when personal digital assistants were making their appearance, some schools used school-specific PDAs so that students could keep track of school schedules, assignments and extracurricular activities. Technology has grown tremendously, and mobile devices literally offer the world at our students’ fingertips. But do our children and adolescents need that much unsupervised power during the school day? Are we prepared for the YouTube backlash?

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