I believe that using technology in schools, when used appropriately and in conjunction with other strategies and resources, can be extremely beneficial in preparing students for everyday life. Technology, whether we like it or not, is now so far ingrained in our existence that it is unavoidable. From self serve check outs, to social media and online study, it is inevitable that students will encounter and be required to use some form of technology in the future. Thus, I think it is important to integrate the use of technology in the classroom. However, the use of technology must be balanced with a variety of other activities such as writing, reading (from books etc), drawing, conversation and other ‘hands on’ modes of learning.
In my opinion, the following two videos are the far left and right of the 21st Century teaching and learning scale. I think that while teachers should not necessarily include technology in every lesson, it should not be omitted from teaching and learning altogether. In the same way, students should be taught the appropriate balance to technology and other methods, preparing them for everyday life as well as developing and maintaining other skills that will be important in the future.
Resources – the following two videos are extremely interesting when discussing this topic.
Note: Apologies if the videos are showing up twice – I can assure you they are only showing up once as I edit this post!