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As I come to the end of participation in this unit I walk away with a depth and understanding about technology and how it can be used in classrooms that I certainly did not have prior to undertaking and learning about the materials, resources and discussions set for this class. I know I still have a lot that I can still learn, but it is definitely clear in my mind that I am much more confident in technology use for classrooms than I was at the beginning of March. I have a wide range of programs under my belt, and while some I did not get to play around with as much as I would have hoped, I have a name. This means that I now have enough content to go off and explore myself, and work out what works for me as an educator and to realise which of these I would most want to use with students (dependent on age level) that I teach.
I am very excited on undertaking the next part of my journey with the programs I now know well, the programs I would like to explore and most importantly now not being scared to search and discover brand new programs and realise how they might be used with students in the classroom. I feel technology is an integral part of teaching and education and can open up a huge range of opportunities and ideas for students. So, therefore, I feel it is an area within the curriculum that I wish to make sure I include thoroughly, and also ensure I incorporate technology into my teaching in the future as a teacher, and current practicums I am undertaking. We live in a highly technological world and this should be reflected within the classroom.
With the introduction of social networking, mobile phones, chat rooms and instant messaging services this is an issue that is becoming increasingly more evident within society. Technology is a great tool and has so many benefits for students in the classroom and also in their home environments. However, in order for students to use this technology it is also important for teachers to be aware of, and educate students on cyberbullying.
I read up on an activity recently for schools that educates teachers and students on cyberbullying and how to handle it. I found it intriguing and informative and it really got me thinking about this rising problem within our society. As stated ‘cyberspace knows no boundaries and a target has no reprieve or safe haven from his or her tormentor’ (2010, p. 22). Therefore this has me thinking more strongly as an educator to teach students about good behavior towards others, and to have them understand that any kind of behavior on such levels whether in person or online is not acceptable, that it can have disastrous results. Students need to also be aware of what they are posting online, and I believe, and these activities reiterate that as an online user of different websites students have the ability to ‘lock their profile, blog or webpage – allowing only selected friends access to their information’ (2010, p. 22) as well as making sure they are aware that they can block certain numbers from their mobile phone calling list.
The exercises and activities within this booklet then have very well set out worksheets, invaluable to teachers and students as they really need to be aware of this issue. One page has a few questions and scenarios that really get students thinking, and maybe even subconsciously aware that this behavior is not acceptable. The more you subtly reiterate this behavior in a negative fashion I believe the more responsive students will be. If they think they may be doing this to a student, they may take a step back to think about how it could be effecting that individual. Often students don’t speak up if it is happening to them either, and this may allow students to quietly mention to you at the end of class they feel they are in a situation of cyberbullying and are not sure what to do.
The worksheets and activities go on to include mock journal entries on how students may be feeling in vulnerable situations, how to write blogs and deal with that kind of community online and also legal implications of some kinds of bullying. This not only opened my eyes up to this concept more but I felt it to be a great resource to use in schools. Even if the worksheets aren’t used directly, activities can be based around the sheets to provide a more hands on approach (which may stick in students minds more).
A great read and great resource!
Technology is always changing. It is always evolving. It is always being updated, and hence this will always be the case. Nothing will be around forever, simply because something new, more exciting, more innovative and more technologically advanced will come along. New devices, software and ideas are always in the works.
When it comes to the iPad, it is no different. I recently read an article that stated that ‘it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend over the long term in education’ (Catalano, 2012, p. 1). It really got me thinking and I believe it is the same with ANY kind of device and/or technology! Yes, computers have been around for a long time, but they are certainly not what they were when they were first introduced to the world. Laptops are now the thing, and very few people seem to own desktop computers these days, or if they do it is mostly for business purposes. Mobile phones as well have been adapted to include so many extra features that you can now be connected to the world 100% of the time. They are no longer simply a device for making telephone calls, or sending a quick text. They have the internet, photo and filming features and don’t forget all the applications that smart phones allow you to download!
With the introduction of iPads, this has changed the use of computers and laptops considerably. Working in a store that sells iPads myself, I have spoken to customers on a daily basis about their use of the iPad compared to their computer, and many barely even use their computers anymore if they previously only used their computer for social or home use. I have also had the privilege of talking to many teachers about the use of iPads in the classroom through this job and have discovered that it is very much true that technology comes in, and is phased out often very fast for something better. The Interactive Whiteboard or the Smartboard as some call it was only introduced into schools within Australia a few years ago. Some schools are already phasing it out and opting for the use of iPads instead. The iPad has the ability to be hooked up to a projector, and therefore as many teachers have said, the iPads can be a large screen and a personal computer all rolled into one – with all the Apple Apps to match!
Who knows what the future holds for this technology like any other technology, but right now, it is a very useful device in education!