I agree I feel like digital media is advancing students education in the classroom. Yet I guess I am a traditionalist, I feel like it makes them lazy in other elements in the classroom. I feel like s…

I agree I feel like digital media is advancing students education in the classroom. Yet I guess I am a traditionalist, I feel like it makes them lazy in other elements in the classroom. I feel like students writing is not at the level it should be and I also feel like because all of the degital media and technology takes away their imagination and creativity. But I have a hard time with this because I also find that it is beneficial, in the aspect that this ishow our society is advancing as well so we teach our students these skills and how to impleent them with education. I guess I am at a crossroads with how I feel about it.

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Comment by Elizabeth von Toll on June 10, 2009 at 1:19pm
I think you hit the nail on the head by recognizing the need for students to develop 21st century skills, and for integrating technology into our curriculum, but that good teaching is good teaching. There is research that links the effectiveness of technology with effectiveness of the instructional design, content, and teaching strategies used by the teacher (Glennan and Meimed, 1996). Basically, using technology does not necessarily make an ineffective teacher an effective one. Johnston and Cooley (2001) suggest that "Integrating technology into the curriculum in today's schools should not mean finding ways that computers can help us teach the same old things in the same old ways. Instead, school leaders have the opportunity to combine technology with emerging models of teaching and learning to transform education."

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