Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom
In this video presented by Mobile Learning Institute, Alan tours his hometown of Marblehead, MA and comments on the historical global vision of his community.
Alan challenges us to think about the emerging role of “student as contributor” and to globalize our curriculum by linking students with authentic audiences from around the world. (For more on this topic read Alan’s article, Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm.
He also discusses three myths regarding the impact of technology on student learning:
Myth #1: Technology is going to be the great equalizer of society.
In reality, technology is actually polarizing society.
Myth #2: The Internet is going to provide a diversity of opinion. We will have an input of ideas from around the world and generally have a better educated society.
In reality, people are going to the web to get their “version” of the truth.
Myth #3 Technology is going to make kids smarter.
In reality, it’s a distraction. Overall we are missing out on critical thinking.
1. What types of real jobs can we give our students? Share your stories.
2. What do you think about Alan’s concept of authentic work and the shift of control from teacher-centered classrooms to student-centered?
3. What are your thoughts on the three myths? Do you have any myths of your own?