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A final reflection on using technology in the classroom.

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  • 1. Reflection
    EDUC 6710I-3: Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society
    February 20, 2011
    Margaret M. Ridgeway
    Engaging Students in Learning:The Changing Role of Teachers

2. Yesterdays Classroom
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3. What They Think
Studies show that by their senior year, barely one-fourth of todays students agree that school is meaningful or their courses are interesting and less than half believe what they learn in school will have any bearing on their success in life.
(Nussbaum-Beach, 2008)
4. The Choices
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5. The Difference
How to BORE your students:
Have them read only their textbook
Lecture them for an hour
Give them a worksheet
Have them write their vocabulary 10 times, then write a sentence
Give them a test
Do it again the next day
You will succeed
How to ENGAGE your students:
Find out what they are interested in and use it
Let them make decisions about their learning
Provide them with collaborative endeavors that challenge them
Use 21st Century tools that allow their creativity to shine through
You will succeed
6. A New Day Dawns in Education
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7. What the Changes Mean
Connectivity create projects globally without worrying about the time and place (Richardson, 2010).
Collaboration provides opportunities for a variety of viewpoints (Laureate International, Inc., 2008).
Teachers become guides for students into the world of knowledge rather than simply a source of information (Richardson, 2010).
Teachers must be knowledgeable about technology so that it can be used most effectively (Keengwe, Onchwari & Wachira, 2008).
The goal 21st Century skills:expert thinking and complex communication (Levy & Murnane, 2006).
8. Let Them Reach for the Stars
Technology enables users to explore topics in more depth and in more interactive ways.Technology also makes accessible the study of topics that were previously impractical.
(Bull & Bull, 2003)
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9. REFERENCES:
Bull, G. & Bull, G. (2003), The digital disconnect, Learning & Leading with Technology, 31(4).Retrieved fromEBSCO host.
Keengwe, J, Onchwari, G, & Wachira, P. (2008).The use of computer tools to support meaningful learning.AACE Journal, 16(1).Retrieved fromEBSCO host.
Laureate Education, Inc., (Executive Producer) (2008).Program 11, Skills for the 21st Century [Video].Understanding the Impact of Technology on Education, Work, and Society, Los Angeles:Laureate Education, Inc.

Levy, F., & Murnane, R. J. (2006). Why the changing American economy calls for twenty-first century learning: Answers to educators' questions. New Directions for Youth Development, 2006(110), 53-62. Retrieved from EBSCO host.
Nussbaum-Beach, S. (2008). No limits. Technology & Learning, 28(7), 1418. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/article/8466
Richardson, Will.(2010).Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms.Thousand Oaks, CA:Corwin.
10. Photography Credits:
All photos retrieved from flickr.com under license as shown:
School Children in Keene, New Hampshire.Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, believed to be in the public domain.
Leland Melvin meets with Elementary School Students.From NASA HQ photostream, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Portrait of a Bored Boarder. From lightmanx5 / ~JOSh-X, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Apollo 12 View of Solar Eclipse.NASA, believed to be in the public domain.
Space shuttle liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center: Merritt Island, Florida.NASA, believed to be in the public domain.