Did You Know?

Bethany Lucas
“Did You Know” response

My initial response to the “Did You Know” videos was amazement. I’m amazed at the growth of technology in such a short time. Seeing the actual statistics makes the growth and changes that much more stunning. It is very obvious that virtually everything we do and most of the information we receive involves technology. I love the information about Google searches and the question about where we got our answers before there was Google. Technology is evolving every day.

“We should seriously consider the claim that we are now undergoing one of the most significant technological revolutions for education since the progression from oral to print and book based teaching.”-Dr. Douglas Kellner, UCLA, New Media and New Literacies: Reconstructing Education for the New Millennium– This quote pretty much sums up the videos. Since we are a technology reliant world, one way to prepare our students for the 21st Century is to ensure that our students are technology literate and good digital citizens. Technology must be incorporated heavily in classroom and post-secondary education; however, this technology should be current and used correctly. To thrive in this new era, students need to have high adaptability, flexibility, creativity, and digital literacy. Students need to be able to find, use, and create information in digital formats. Collaboration and thinking outside the box are vital for today’s and tomorrow’s learners (and teachers).

It is quite evident that technology is not going away, rather it is growing and changing. So our current way of doing things will continue to morph. We must be able to adapt and learn if we expect or students to. Changes are global, and we must think globally. Communication and interactions happen via devices quite often; therefore, young and old alike must have access to devices and be able to use them. We are constantly connected with information at our fingertips. We need to stop using methods and tools that are quickly becoming extinct.

The challenges we must overcome are access and equity. How will we train our students on new technologies if we don’t have the resources to purchase them or if students don’t have them at home? Our school systems are lacking in funding, which is causing technology to lag behind in many systems. The fact that technology is constantly becoming outdated poses a problem because of the need to access what cannot be purchased. Equity– making sure that ALL students have the tools they need and are able to use these tools effectively no matter their exceptionality, disability, language, or socioeconomic status.

Educators must be trained on technology and how to implement this technology. Educators need to consider the format of their delivery, making classrooms transformative and student-focused. Our classrooms will need to be hubs of collaboration, creativity, and information centers.

A teacher can certainly still be an excellent teacher without using technology, depending upon what he/she teaches. However, to appeal to the students and to prepare students for today and tomorrow, technology must be incorporated in the classroom. The use of technology can ensure that all students are reached, and isn’t that one of our goals as educators?