Three Things to Get You Thinking About Students and Tech Today
Did you know?!
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was actually updated to include access to wi-fi!
- Approximately 65 percent of elementary aged children will eventually get jobs that don’t exist today
- 70 percent of students who participated in a teacher’s survey said that they learn better in a blended learning environment
Today’s Students and Technology
It’s no mystery that today’s students relate to the world much differently than any of the previous generations. They can complete most interactions and tasks in a fraction of the time it would take to perform the same without tech. A world without devices, apps, and single-click convenience seems altogether unfathomable to kids today.
The factoids above are from Jen Miller’s blog, linked below, from JenReviews.com. They are just three examples of many intriguing bits of information embedded in her heavily researched blog post on the benefits and necessity of technology use in the classroom.
How Can Teachers Bridge the Generational Gap and Successfully Integrate Technology?
Bridging this generational gap is hard enough for parents, but it’s an ever bigger challenge for teachers. With students and tech in mind, creating engaging lessons, ensuring positive learner outcomes, thinking about differentiation, and meeting administrative expectations are all spokes in a constantly-turning wheel of responsibilities faced by educators today. It’s no easy feat, whether or not a district has the resources and infrastructure to support widespread integration of technology, since curriculum, learner levels, and implementation strategies vary so greatly.
If you’ve been looking for a one-stop shop on the benefits of classroom technology, different types and categories of classroom technology tools, the reasons and ways to best implement them, helpful how-tos and inspiration, and actual examples of connected research and success, then check out this article by Jen Miller at JenReviews.com.
What is Personalized Learning?
More than just an ed-tech buzzword, “personalized learning” refers to a set of methodologies and approaches to learning in which instruction is not one-size-fits-all, but is adapted specifically to the needs, abilities, and interests of individual learners.
Katrina Stevens, Deputy Director in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, helps us compare working definitions of personalized learning from multiple sources, provides an overview of the five key components involved in the personalized learning process, and discusses the benefits of personalized learning in her article for Medium titled, “Personalizing the Learning Experience: Insights from Future Ready Schools.”