Week 4 Reading Blog (Group B)

Technology is ever-changing and evolving in modern society, significantly growing and expanding over time. As a college student, I can recall my elementary schools classrooms that consisted of white boards and old projectors. However, in just the past 10-12 years, the type of classroom is few a far between. Modern technology is taking over, enhancing the classroom and the ways in which students learn. Technology is constantly providing new learning/teaching methods. Some technology, such as Omeka, was designed more for educational purposes. Other technology, such as Twitter, was not specifically designed for to enhance education, but can make it’s way into the classroom if used correctly.

After reading “Omeka” from Tech for Teachers, we learn that Omeka is a classroom tool designed to allow students and educators to publish research information and archives online. The article also gives examples of different ways that Omeka can be used, such as large projects. However, we learn from “Teaching with Omeka“, by Jeffrey McClurken, that there are certain situations and projects for which Omeka is an ideal tool and some in which it is not. McClurken explains that for large projects, Omeka can be an excellent resource as it is designed to store large amounts of information. However, he also explains that Omeka would probably not be the ideal resource for smaller-scaled projects that do not require as much information, as they may be better presented in other ways such as slides, graphs or pictures. Either way, these two articles give excellent information and feedback on why Omeka would be a wise classroom engagement for certain projects, for both the educator and the students.

On the other hand, the majority of teenagers/young people today know the Twitter app as a way to communicate with friends, spread information, and watch videos about any numbers topics/ideas. As a matter of fact, most people who use the app would not even think about correlating it to learning in the classroom or anything to do with education. To most, it is just another platform of social media. However, Jennifer Swartz explains how she used this app for education purpose in her article “Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Twitter for Educators“. She explains that when she first signed up for Twitter, she rarely used it because she most-likely just signed up for it as a suggestion from a friend. However, she later talks about how she started to get involved more and more after learning that Twitter was a way to help her become connected to other educators and share information, thoughts, ideas and more with her peers. She goes into details about some ways in which she connected to other educators, such as setting up edcamps and podcasts with other educators from around the world. Personally, I have also used Twitter for class projects before, so I was already partially aware of the relationship between education and Twitter. However, this article opened my eyes to new ways to tie the two together to better myself as a student as well as when I become an educator.

In the end, if it isn’t obvious enough by 2020, technology will just keep advancing and changing the world we live in, which includes education. I think it is important that as a student as well as a future educator, we try to stay in touch with technology and include it in the classroom. That being said, I also think it is important to research and understand when including new technologies in the classroom is in the best interest of the students/educators and when it isn’t.

2 thoughts on “Week 4 Reading Blog (Group B)

  1. Talking about technology evolving the classroom… In Spring 2016, I was doing an internship in a 1st-grade classroom. The amount of technology these kids had, from six mini-laptops to a smartboard and read-aloud devices; needless to say, I was astonished. To think I was living in the future with my palm-pilot in the 4th grade!

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  2. To be honest, I never really thought about Twitter becoming a tool in the classroom until college, a lot of my teachers in high school did not really think social media was helpful at all. The amount of Twitter accounts dedicated to a specific historic event is crazy to see now.
    I also believe that sometimes technology is not essential to the classroom. Teachers will have to find a balance!

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