Continuing the discussion from Discussion: Free and Open Source Tools:
This article was a very interesting read. I agreed with many angles of it (even though many of those oppose over use of technology in the classroom) however, I also dis-agreed with some aspects.
Most of my dislike of technology stems from past educational experiences in an instructional setting.
When higher Technology was being first introduced in my high school (the smart board) many teachers were just as lost as were were on its intent and purposes and they were the ones who were expected to teach us from it! Anyways, the teachers were so clueless about how to go about this giant “smart” board so most of the time the time we were supposed to be learning a lesson from it was spent watching the teacher figure out how to use it. Then, once they did figure it out, most of them were so fed up with it that they would slap something up there that was quick and irrelevant or busy work that was not interactive with the technology at all just to get it out of the way. So I agree with the article when it stated that education and technology should be integrated with “meaningful learning activities” that included active, constructive and cooperative learning. Basically, if they are going to be used, they have to have a reason and they have to make sense to the content!
However, most of my attempts at technology, like this class and a precious digital graphics class, have been successful which resulted in great confidence! I took a digital graphics class in college that even though was a struggle, ended up being one of my favorite classes. Not exactly because of the technological aspect but the integration of my field (art) with technology and how effective it turned out! The article made a great point when it stated “Students find strong motivation in the feeling that they are in control of their own learning.” Take this class for example, when I first opened this page and saw all the content and due dates and assignments I freaked out a little. This panic did not abate until about the second week when all the big words in the assignment titles started to make sense. It all comes with practice and being an artist, and impatient, practice is not something that comes naturally to me ESPECIALLY when it involves technology…but I am learning and loving it!
link to article: https://literatecomputing.com/t/reading-asing-cashmans-free-and-open-source-tools-fosts/2994
- I saw the note in the rules not to reply as link like we would a challenge but I could not find the reply button at the bottom where it normally is!
I commented on the only other available post that I saw