Hi! so basically I’m writing this for my Education Computers class. We’ll see how it goes because I’m not very good at sharing my thoughts or at remembering to check anything that is on my computer.
So far my computer class seems super interesting and it has made me think a lot about using technology in the classroom. This is both something I approve and disaprove of. I think it is a great way to find and share information. For example, information can be presented that even the teacher in her limited knowledge may not know. Another great thing about the computer in the classroom are TSL classes. For those of you who don’t know TSL is short for Technology Supported Learning. Here in Saskatchewan this is mainly run through a program called blackboard. It is a great way to learn and is usually more organized than normal classrooms. Unfortunately when I last checked TSL was going to be shut down at the end of this year. Another great way that technology is used in classrooms is SCN. It is classes that can be watched live over the television and you can call in and talk to the teacher over the phone. They are more like a real classroom and allow for better communication with the teacher. The classes are then recorded and put up on blackboard to be seen at a later date if you missed a class or need a refresher. These are both ways that I see technology being highly beneficial to classrooms and best of all they allow for small Saskatchewan schools(less than 200 kids) to offer more classes than they would be able to otherwise. I would love to see a program like we will be using used in schools for a purpose like this.
However, I also think that students also abuse their time on the computers. Take for example my grade 12 canadian studies class. We had a major assignment in this class that we had all year to complete this assignment but whenever our class was given time to research on the internet they checked their email and played games, then wondered why they were rushing when the due date came around. This wasn’t the first time I had seen this happen, showing that perhaps we need to become more responsible and teach youth how and when to use computers for certain things.
Recently I was studying with a couple of friends, and one of my friends pulledout a laptop. At first I didn’t really care(to each their own) but then when she started typing I found that it was extremely difficult to keep my focus being someone who needs complete quiet to work. I immediately thought of our ECMP class and the debate over whether technology should be used more in schools. I realized that if were a student working in class and somebody was typing away while I was trying to work I wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything. This could cause real problems in a classroom, another problem that would need to be solved before computers can become widely used in the classroom.