In class on Thursday, February 5th we had a discussion and debate about the impacts technology has in education today. Technology is continuing to evolve and progress, and there are so many great tools that can be used to create a richer learning environment. However, teachers, schools, and even school divisions seem to be stuck in a more traditional way of teaching and learning. While technology continues to improve our jobs as teachers need to evolve so that we are giving our students the tools they need to navigate the online world.
Our debate was about whether we should go back to times without internet, or continue as we are today. A few highlights include the danger it can be to young children with access to endless information that may be not age appropriate or untrue. On the other hand, internet can provide students instant access to their classroom materials, notes and assignments. It can also provide endless opportunities of new and creative ways to engage students in learning.
In my internship I taught a variety of high school math classes, all in which the teachers at my school took a very traditional approach. I often found myself taking a traditional approach of lectures followed by practice questions, quizzes and unit tests. Throughout my educational experience, all of my EMTH classes talk about problem solving and creating an environment for students to explore the math rather than directing them towards a specific series of steps and a right answer. These classes have challenged me to think about math differently and to explore new ideas and new ways of teaching so that students will be engaged and enjoy high school math classes. Technology is a great place to start when creating a more inquiry based classroom and there are many online resources with examples of quality math tasks that can be introduced in the mathematics classroom.
While technology advances we need to continue to advance out teaching and create opportunities for students to gain digital literacy and understand their digital identity.