When it comes to education and technology, there are a lot of opinions. As the video points out, many people are unsure of the effectiveness of technology use in education. This video points out that there are several reasons that technology doesn’t work in education, but that each of these problems arise simply from the way it is used. The problems with technology mentioned really hit home with me, especially the fact that student data is only given to the student when it is too late to be used. The speaker, Richard Culatta, uses the example of a report card. Once the student sees the report card, the student can no longer do anything about their grade. If technology in education was being used properly this result could be avoided.
The speaker also states that, in the past, technology has only been used to digitize the things that we already have in textbooks or in lectures. This is why classrooms with technology are currently providing the same results in students as classrooms without that technology. I know that personally this has always been an issue for me. If a teacher has a PowerPoint of the lecture, it’s never much different from what’s being shown in the textbook. Culatta shows in his lecture that we can get more out of our technology in the classroom by allowing it to provide personalized instruction, give timely feedback, and vary the pace of the instruction. All of these are critical aspects of education and, through the use of technology, can be extremely beneficial in the classroom.
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