First of all, I apologize that I have been M.I.A. for the past little while – I guess you could say that it’s easy to forget about an online class when life gets busy!
Second of all, HERE ARE THE RESULTS!
When I asked the question, “Do you think technology hinders the classroom in any way?”, people had some great responses. Here’s what they had to say:
- I think technology can be a distraction to a lot of people, but when it is used for the right reasons it’s great! It also can hinder the classroom in the way that students hide behind a screen and can cause cyber bullying.
- I think that technology can hold you back sometimes because technology doesn’t always work the way that you want it to. There are often technical issues when using the internet or trying to play a video, etc. I think technology can be unpredictable so it is important to have a back up plan when planning on using technology for a lesson.
- I do believe that technology can hinder a classroom, in the sense that backup lessons aren’t prepared, a substitute teacher doesn’t know how to operate the technology, or glitches occur (not always at the beginning of the process, but near the end, causing an abrupt halt in the process). I do believe that these glitches can be a good thing though. It helps us to learn a way to solve the problem together.
- If it is used inappropriately or not for educational purposes, then yes.
- It depends on how you use it. It needs to be applicable and engaging.
I personally agree with all of what was said, but what about students that don’t have technology at home and don’t have access to a vehicle to travel to a place that has technology to work on assignments outside of class time? What about people with certain exceptionalities? Should teachers have backup lessons when using technology just in case? Any suggestions on how we could incorporate technology to help with EVERYONE’S success?