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My view on technology and learning is that technology is a tool to assist learning; in some scenarios it will facilitate learning, in others it will act as an easy way to access and store information, ideas and thoughts. The tasks assigned in week two associated with the topic Technology and learning have included an array of viewpoints and perspectives on issues and current state of play on technology in schools, our outside lives and the ever changing attitudes towards thinking about the two. Bigun (2012) suggests there is a marriage between technology and education.

Voogt, Knezek, Cox, Knezek & Brummelhuis (2011) state we need to be able to integrate technology skills with pedagogical skills in order to successfully integrate ICT in educational practice. This statement sums up an approach in balancing effective teaching, learning tools, subject objectives and the overarching curriculum. As teachers we have a responsibility to understand, develop and implement this balance, along with facilitating critical thinking to question, reflect and deepen students learning and knowledge. Bigun (2012) outlines that when it comes to technology and innovation there are natural “early adopters”, “change agents” and “laggards” (p.25). When teaching we must cater for student’s with all different levels of technical skills, knowledge and broader literacy preferences, this will drive our role as facilitators.

Alan November in his video Myths and opportunities: Technology in the classroom provides an inspiring overview of the possibilities in embracing technologies and the result for students’ futures in the 21st century workplace.  November talks about the concept of “globalising the curriculum” and provides some great real life examples of group activities in the classroom to facilitate learning and individual responsibilities; similar to those experience in the workplace. Examples suggested can be incorporated into many classrooms effectively; it would be great to test and explore the outcomes of his suggests in my classroom and subject area.

Education and learning is becoming more and more flexible in response to the rapidly changing world that we live in. I would like to approach teaching by having the outcomes as the central point to allow the desired outcome to drive the classroom technology and other supporting resources.

References:

Bigum, C. 2012. Schools and computers: Tales of a digital romance. In L. Rowan & C. Bigum (Eds.), Transformative approaches to new technologies and student diversity in futures oriented classrooms: Future proofing education (pp. 15-28). Dordrecht, NL: Springer. Retrieved from ProQuest ebrary.

November, A. 2009. Myths and opportunities: Technology in the classroom [Video file]. Available from https://vimeo.com/3930740

Voogt, J., Knezek, G., Cox, M., Knezek, D., & ten Brummelhuis, A. 2013. Under which conditions does ICT have a positive effect on teaching and learning? A call to action. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29(1), 4-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00453.x

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