Reflecting on how students today are using technology both inside socially and academically.

This past Friday, when everyone was waiting for the "winter blizzard" and school to be cancelled, I noticed that my students were using their ipods to check the weather!! So I just started having them give us updates on the weather. During encor I have noticed that students play games on their phones & ipods, listen to music, and check e-mails.

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Comment by Samantha Daharsh on March 31, 2009 at 7:13pm
Technology is both a blessing and a curse. Even though I am still attending college, I noticed this on my classroom observations. During a movie, the students would be texting each other from across the room, or playing games on their cell phone.

On the other hand, it can also be incredibly helpful in situations like your's. Also, with the use of the internet, students now have access to articles their school's library would not be able to purchase, or have the need to.

If I have learned anything about technology in my college career, it would be to always question it. Question where that internet site got their information, question the sources, question how they got that information, ect.
Comment by Martin Sieverding on April 2, 2009 at 8:47am
The technology used by our students will continue to wedge its way into our classrooms whether we want it to or not. As schools and teachers we need to create an atmosphere where they can use the tools available to them for educational purposes. We also need to teach them that there is a time and place to use them. Texting each other and playing games during a class movie is NOT an acceptable use. Rather than banning devices we need to teach proper use and take advantage of what is avaliable to them.
Comment by cordella on May 10, 2009 at 7:56pm
Technology and the internet are wonderful tools. It is amazing the amount of integrating we can do with devices such as iphones, ipods and PSPs. For this reason teachers should be educated on the proper use of these technological devices so we can use them to our advantage

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