Everyday technology moguls are coming up with new ways to make the technology that is available to us bigger and better and with increasing tendency to gear it towards our youth. However, even today’s students can’t keep up with with the everchanging technological advances and I often find it difficult to get them to advance with the technology. Students like to use that with which they are comfortable. For most of them, their cell phones are what they are most comfortable with and I am currently exploring the apps they can use for my class on their phones. Although cell phones are not permitted for use within school, I’m sure I would be able to get more students to do homework if it were on something like their cell phone.
As for usage at school, we recently purchase a cart of 30 iPads which I am working on finding apps to use in class. Once we are able to secure more apps and the funding to use the iPads more efficiently, I am going to work towards making them a weekly in class assignment.
As a foreign langauge teacher, I love the idea of Virtual Worlds because there aren’t many students that willl have the opportunity to travel to the places I teach about so going there virtually is the next best things. It allows my students to be able to see the important sites of various places without it having to cost a dime and I can control where they go and what they see.
I am not sure, yet, how I feel about interacting with my environment. I think that we, as humans, can be easily sucked into worlds that are not real and that we need real life experiences, not just virtual ones, to explore the full extent of what the world has to offer. We can’t stop interacting with reality just to say that we have experienced something so I think that while technology is an important resource in education, I do not think it should be the only resource or take the place of real, live interaction.
Coffman, T. & Klinger, M.B. (2007). Utilizing virtual worlds in education: The implications for practice. International Journal of Social and Human Science, 1(55), 301-305.